The Farm: Where We Have Come From and Our Plans For the Future

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As we in the North approach the winter solstice — traditionally a time of slowing down, contemplation, and letting go of the past year — we are filled with gratitude for so much that we have been given, and only barely awakened to the new possibilities these gifts bestow. Our small non-profit educational and scientific… Read more »

Creating Buildings and Environments that Support Life (Podcast)

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by James Alexander Arnfinsen Our society is drunk, it is intoxicated on pursuing novelty, it is pursuing novelty at all costs, even at the cost of civilization itself. — Nikos Salingaros, from the interview In this episode I have the delight of connecting with Nikos Salingaros, who is a Professor in Mathematics, an Urbanist and… Read more »

Retrofitting a Small Town

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For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people… Read more »

Transition Towns – Organizing For Resilience (video)

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Rob Hopkins, instigator of the Transition Towns movement, is on tour in the U.S. This video is a 90 minute presentation that was given in Oakland, California, on October 10th, 2013. If you’re U.S.-based, and want to get involved in helping to start a Transiation Town, head here to find out more. There’s no time… Read more »

India’s Foundation for Ecological Security Awarded Land for Life Award

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India’s Foundation for Ecological Security is currently in the process of restoring over half a million acres of common land in small scale farming communities across the country. The video above, from our friends John D. Liu and his team at the EEMPC, will give you an excellent look at the work of the foundation… Read more »

Dezhou Solar City (China)

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For one day only we were able to make a stop in Dezhou, one of China’s famed ‘Solar Cities.’ As a bright and cheery advertisement explained, "Just like the Silicon Valley, this is the Solar Valley." The ad was remarkable for several reasons. First, China’s economic development plan of copying hallmark Western institutions was essentially… Read more »

Want to Help Create an Ecovillage? (Victoria, Australia)

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller A week or so ago I received the most exciting email ever. It was from a reader of the Simplicity Collective who had just finished reading my book, Entropia. Inspired… Read more »

The Chikukwa Permaculture Project (Zimbabwe) – The Full Story

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So we were saying, now what are we going to do? So we worked very hard. – Jessica Chibharo Introduction In ten years of field trips and working with students on food security and sustainable agriculture projects in South and South Eastern Africa, the project of the Chikukwa villages in Zimbabwe is the most successful… Read more »

Endgame Strategy

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Why the Revolution Must Start in America The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The… Read more »

Permaculture Park at Lebensgarten, Steyerberg, Germany

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Lebensgarten — Garden of Life — is a community located in Lower Saxony, Germany. Built on the site of a former Nazi arms factory, the community has 62 houses. Lebensgarten has a large permaculture park, in which agriculture and human settlements are modeled after nature. This video features interviews with Declan Kennedy, Roland Wolf and… Read more »