Ludwig Heinrich left school at 15 to work in the mines at Marble Bar.
He completed his mature age matriculation by correspondence and entered university to acquire a BA majoring in philosophy.
Always interested in technology, Ludwig has, in the course of his varied career, assembled and led teams – or has been the principal consultant – in producing the first Australian Federal Government reports to be desktop published, the first multi-lingual desktop publishing entity to cover the major languages, the first Australian commercial interactive CDROM (Whales and Whale Watching), the first interactive government report (Introducing Multimedia) and the first regional internet portal (Norlink). He has provided editorial services – largely focused on editing technical documents to make their information accessible to non-technical readers – and conducted literature searches and provided summaries on a range of topics for clients, including The Murray Darling Basin Commission and Sustainability Research Institute.
Ludwig is a past President of the Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre, Chairman of the Foundry Association (a foundation that worked on behalf of unemployed youth), and Management representative on the State Advisory Committee for The Community Youth Support Scheme. He helped establish Jobless Action and Ainslie Village, was co-convenor of The Greenline Project and Earthnet, and worked with staff members to establish the Work Resources Centre at the Australian National University.