Nov 24, 2016
The Simplicity Institute is mobilising for a new ‘culture jamming’ project next year and we’ve started gathering a team of skilled graphic designers (and potentially visual artists more generally) to collaborate. If this sounds like you and you are keen to volunteer some of your time (a few hours or many hours) to creating striking images that challenge consumerism and the growth economy,...
Sep 29, 2016
Yesterday I had the following short tribute to Bill Mollison, co-originator of the permaculture concept, published in The Conversation.
It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Bill Mollison on Saturday, September 24 (1928-2016). He was one of the true pioneers of the modern environmental movement, not just in Australia but globally.
Best known as co-originator of the “permaculture”...
Sep 18, 2016
Somewhere it is written: “When all appeals to reason fail, tell a story.”
Readers of this website will be familiar with the stimulating writings of Simplicity Institute Fellow, Mark A. Burch, whose earlier works include The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction and Stepping Lightly: Simplicity for People and Planet. Today I’m very happy to announce the publication of...
Sep 11, 2016
Below I have posted the table of contents and the introduction to my new book of dialogues, Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes. The book is available here.
ACT I DIOGENES’ LANTERN
ACT II THE EMPEROR AND THE BEGGAR
ACT III PLATO AND THE REPUBLIC OF DIOGENES
ACT IV THE NERVOUS OLIGARCHS
ACT V THE RENEGADE
ACT VI DIOGENES IN PRISON
Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek...
Sep 9, 2016
I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book – or, rather, my new ‘philosophical play’ in six acts – called Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes.
Here is the advance praise the book received from Dr William Desmond, author of The Greek Praise of Poverty.
“This is a creative re-enactment of the life, death and ideas of the most influential Cynic of...
Aug 22, 2016
Last week I was interviewed by Ian Sinclair at Open Democracy UK about whether the ‘green growth’ strategy can solve climate change. I’ve posted the interview below and the original interview is here.
Ian Sinclair: What is the thinking of those who herald ‘decoupling’ as a promising tool in stopping dangerous levels of climate change? Why do you think it has proven such a popular...
Aug 20, 2016
I’ve had second short piece published in the culture-jamming magazine Adbusters. I’ve posted a screen-shot of my article below and the full magazine can be purchased in pdf here or in print at good magazine stores. (My first Adbusters article is also available here)....
Aug 17, 2016
I’ve just published a new Simplicity Institute Report, called “Wild Democracy: Resistance and Renewal”. The introduction is available below and the full report is available here.
With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’ His point was that, at each moment in history,...
Aug 10, 2016
Jordan Osmond, with whom I co-produced A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, has released a new short film, ‘Living Simply in a Tiny Off-Grid Cabin‘. Not only does it address important issues, as always, Jordan has crafted the short film with characteristic beauty and charm. Another tip of the hat to you Jordan!...
Aug 6, 2016
A couple of days ago the following article appeared in the Weekly Times, written by journalist, Sarah Hudson. Photo credit: Chloe Smith
THERE’S a radical revolution happening in Gippsland. But you won’t find any weapons or angry masses.
Instead, on an 8ha property outside Moe, there’s a community peacefully trying to find solutions to problems that ail the planet.
Called Wurruk’an and founded in...
Aug 4, 2016
While co-producing A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity I interviewed one of Australia’s leading climate change activists, David Spratt. Excerpts from the interview were included in the documentary but my co-producer (Jordan Osmond) and I thought it would be a shame if the footage from the interviews we conducted were not published in full. So, we’ve been publishing some of the full interviews....
Jul 18, 2016
I’m very happy to be posting a new essay by Simplicity Institute Fellow, Mark A. Burch. He’s been a bit quiet recently working away on some larger creative projects (more about those in due course) but below I’ve posted his new essay, ‘The Third Age of Simplicity.’
THE THIRD AGE OF SIMPLICITY, by Mark A. Burch
The Third Age
I propose that we think of our lives as passing...
Jul 8, 2016
I intended to post this a while back but got waylaid.
Here is beautiful short film made by Jordan Osmond of Happen Films (with whom I co-produced ‘A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity‘) telling the story of one financier who turned farmer.
Jun 28, 2016
Wurruk’an is a small community of people living in West Gippsland, Victoria. For the last few years we have been trying to push the boundaries of environmental practice by exploring what it means to live in a deeply sustainable way. So far the community has built many demonstration “tiny houses” using a combination of reclaimed materials, cob, “Earthship style” rammed earth and super-adobe.
Jun 17, 2016
Today I am posting a link to my new essay, ‘Prosperous Descent: Telling New Stories as the Old Book Closes‘, which was recently published in the Griffith Review, Australia’s most prestigious literary journal. The essay tells the story of Wurruk’an, the ‘simpler way’ demonstration project that formed the basis of the new documentary ‘A Simpler Way: Crisis as...
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