May 31, 2015
Over the last two years I’ve been helping develop a ‘simpler way’ demonstration project in Gippsland, Victoria (Australia), on a property which we have named Wurruk’an. Wurruk is the local indigenous term meaning both ‘Earth’ and ‘story’. K’an is the Mayan word for ‘seed’. We’ve invented the word Wurruk’an to signify our attempt...
May 20, 2015
A paperback of my new book, Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, is available here and a link to a free pdf copy of the book will be sent out to subscribers of the Simplicity Institute in a week. Please sign up to the Simplicity Institute here to receive the link.
INTRODUCTION TO ‘PROSPEROUS DESCENT’
By Samuel Alexander
I sometimes tell my students that I am an...
May 18, 2015
I’ve just published a new book, Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, which is the first volume of my collected essays to be published this year. The cover and endorsements are posted below. A second book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever, will be published in a couple of months.
The paperback of Prosperous Descent is available here....
May 6, 2015
Ted Trainer has just written a provocative, concise but important critique of the ‘Marvellous Market’ which he argues is the main cause of our fatal problems. See below:
The Marvellous Market: The Main Cause of our Fatal Problems
A ridiculous claim? Let’s see.
There is no doubt the market system does many important things very effectively. It gets rid of inefficient firms quickly with no...
Apr 28, 2015
Recently I wrote about a ‘tiny house’ build I was involved in (see here).
In association with the Simplicity Institute, Jordan Osmond of Happen Films has recently produced a short film based on the ‘tiny house’ build, which is available for viewing below. Please share with your friends, family, and social networks.
Jordan Osmond is a documentary maker with great talent to keep an...
Apr 23, 2015
Recently I was interviewed by Jen Wilton, a UK journalist and researcher, on the subject of degrowth. What follows is the transcript of our phone interview, originally posted here.
Degrowth, sustainability, and tackling global inequalities
Q: What would a degrowth society look like?
SA: A lot of mainstream environmentalism still clings to the idea that we can dematerialise our ways of living without...
Apr 16, 2015
This morning I cut up my Commonwealth Bank card, and it felt good. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages. When I first moved to Australia in 2006 I didn’t give much thought to which bank I should bank with. But now I know that Commonwealth Bank invests heavily in the fossil fuel industry at a time when we all know carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels is destabilising our climate. Commonwealth Bank...
Apr 12, 2015
Ted Trainer has just published a new Simplicity Institute report, ‘The Case for Simplicity’. I’ve posted the brief introduction below and the full report is available here.
The Case for Simplicity
Why try to live more simply? I think there are two main lines of argument. The first is that global sustainability and justice cannot be achieved unless we live much more simply than the...
Mar 31, 2015
Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s premiere energy analysts, recently wrote an excellent essay called ‘Our Renewable Future’ which he has now published as a Simplicity Institute Report. It’s a fascinating discussion that reviews the current state of our energy predicament and reminds us that how we use energy is as important as how we get it. The introduction is posted below and the full essay is...
Feb 24, 2015
I’ve just published a new Simplicity Institute Report, ‘The Paradox of Oil: The Cheaper it Is, the More it Costs’. I’ve posted the introduction below and the full paper is available here.
There will be oil, but at what price? – Chris Nelder and Gregor Macdonald
THE PARADOX OF OIL: THE CHEAPER IT IS, THE MORE IT COSTS
It would be fair to say that the timing of the...
Feb 5, 2015
The following text is a transcript (with minor revisions) of a talk Geoff Mosley gave at the 2014 Fenner Conference on the Steady State Economy at the University of NSW. Geoff is the Australian Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Thanks to Geoff for granting permission to reproduce his talk.
A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE: THE STEADY STATE ECONOMY AND THE...
Jan 28, 2015
Here is an article of mine published on The Conversation earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Michael Green.)
Sick to Death of Consumerism? Find Freedom in a Tiny House
What is a house? I feel this is a dangerous question, which holds within it the seeds of a disruptive innovation, so read on at your own risk.
Rethinking what a house is could change your life, and perhaps the world. Let me explain...
Jan 26, 2015
Below is a recent article by Ted Trainer, originally published on The Conversation here.
The ‘simple life’ Manifesto and how it could save us
The aftermath of Christmas is a good time to think about where consumer-capitalism is getting us. The sad fact is that, with these values, our society can never be ecologically sustainable or just. Accelerating global problems cannot be solved in a...
Dec 22, 2014
Below is Simon Ussher’s chapter on Jesus, from the anthology Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future. A suitable post for these days leading up to Christmas.
‘Hail, queen wisdom! May the Lord save thee with thy sister holy pure simplicity!’ – St. Francis of Assisi
At its heart the ‘voluntary simplicity’ movement is about a value shift. Adherents may display a commonality of...
Dec 16, 2014
Here is my chapter on Henry Thoreau from Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future.
Few individuals in history evoke images of ‘the simple life’ more distinctly than the poet-philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. In 1845, when Henry was 27 years old, he left his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, and went to live alone in the woods, near Walden Pond, where he built himself a...
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