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Jan 4, 2017
I’ve just published a new Simplicity Institute Report with a friend and colleague, Jacob Garrett, called ‘The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity: A Philosophical Review’. I’ve posted the introduction below and the full report is available here.
The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity: A Philosophical Review
Samuel Alexander and Jacob Garrett
Dec 16, 2016
This week I published a short book called Just Enough is Plenty: Thoreau’s Alternative Economics, available in paperback here and in pdf on a ‘pay what you want’ basis here. Feel free to share the pdf as a post-consumerist Christmas present.
Philip Cafaro, author of Thoreau’s Living Ethics wrote this about my new book:
“Just Enough Is Plenty is a superb introduction to...
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 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...
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...
Jun 6, 2016
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...
Jun 4, 2016
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....
Apr 24, 2016
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...
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