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My Interview with Open Democracy UK on Decoupling and Green Growth

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... read more

My article in Adbusters

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).... read more

Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

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,... read more

Living Simply in a Tiny Off-Grid Cabin

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!... read more

A simple life can be a good life

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... read more

David Spratt Interview on Climate Change

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.... read more

The Third Age of Simplicity

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... read more

From Finance to Farmer

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. read more

Residencies available at Wurruk’an ecovillage and permaculture farm (Victoria)

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. As... read more

Telling New Stories as the Old Book Closes

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... read more

Compost Capitalism

I’ve had a handful of requests from people asking for a transcript of my short introduction to the film premiere last Friday (full documentary is now available here). I’ve turned my notes into a script which I think is pretty much word for word. Good evening everyone, a very warm welcome to you all, my name is Samuel Alexander and I’m very happy to be introducing tonight’s premiere... read more

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Full Documentary)

Last night 300 people attended the sold-out premiere screening of the new documentary, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, which I co-produced with Jordan Osmond. After the film, David Holmgren and Helena Norberg-Hodge joined us on stage for a panel discussion which stimulated a great discussion. You can watch the film freely below and information on organising your own screening can be found here.... read more

Phasing out fossil fuels for renewables may not be a straightforward swap

Here is a fascinating and important article (originally published at The Conversation) written by Josh Floyd and Anthony James, based on the energy transition modelling undertaken by Floyd at his excellent energy blog, Beyond this Brief Anomaly. To have any chance of preventing dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or even negative by mid-century. Many... read more

Trailer to “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity”

We’ve just released the trailer to our forthcoming documentary, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity“. Half the tickets for the Melbourne premiere (3 June) have moved in the last couple of days, so if you’re wanting to attend, get your tickets here. We’re also very happy to announce that David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept, will be joining us at the premiere... read more

Limits to Growth: Policies to Steer the Economy away from Disaster

Yesterday I posted my new MSSI Issues paper, “Policies for a Post-Growth Economy“. Today I share my short summary of that paper which has been published in the Conversation. (Also, a quick reminder for those in Victoria, tickets to the premiere of A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity are moving quickly. If you want to come, please get tickets today from here). LIMITS TO GROWTH: POLICIES TO... read more
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