Free Rent in an Ecovillage for a Year? (Documentary project, Victoria, Australia)

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Are you a passionate and knowledgeable permaculturalist? Would you like to live in a developing ecovillage for a year ‘rent free’ as part of a documentary project? Do you want to explore a life of frugal abundance? If so, read on! Over the last 12 months the Simplicity Institute has been involved in the development… Read more »

The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction

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I am honoured to announce the publication of Mark Burch’s new book, The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction, available here. Published proudly by the Simplicity Institute, this text brings together some of Mark’s finest essays on themes related to mindful sufficiency and voluntary simplicity, and includes a new introduction (posted below)…. Read more »

Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

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by Samuel Alexander, originally published on The Conversation Time to get off the economic growth train? Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for… Read more »

Foreword to the Book, Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future

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Below is the foreword to Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, edited by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod. This book collects together 26 chapters discussing individuals, cultures, and movements that have embraced forms of ‘simple living’ throughout history. The ‘preface by the editors’ and table of contents are available here, and the… Read more »

Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future (Book)

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This book highlights the continuous cultural lineage that underpins current activism for an ecologically viable and spiritually nourishing life now and in the future. For permaculture practitioners and activists focused on building ecologically smart, localised economies, this book highlights how rethinking our attitudes and behaviour toward consumption can be a fruitful pathway to social and… Read more »

Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability

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Samuel Alexander (1), Simplicity Institute Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, cultural, and political phenomenon which is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. — Mike Hulme 1. Introduction In recent years the notion of a ‘carbon budget’ has entered… Read more »

Composting Toilets Made From Wheelie Bins

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I just read a post on composting toilets here on the PRI site and remembered that I never posted about the composting toilets I made last year (for various projects) based on a similar principles, but a distinct design. Below I offer a few words of introduction and then post photos of the building process… Read more »

Superadobe Workshop (Moe, Victoria, Australia, 11-17 October, 2014)

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This workshop will be held at an experimental sustainable building property near Moe, Victoria, Australia. On the property already is a mini earthship and a beautiful cob cottage, each built from previous workshops exploring sustainable living practices. You are invited to grab a tent and head down for a wonderful week of education through doing…. Read more »

The Deep Green Alternative – Debating Strategies of Transition

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by Samuel Alexander and Jonathan Rutherford, Simplicity institute report 14a, 2014 Introduction Evidence continues to mount that industrial civilisation, driven by a destructive and insatiable growth imperative, is chronically unsustainable, as well as being grossly unjust. The global economy is in ecological overshoot, currently consuming resources and emitting waste at rates the planet cannot possibly… Read more »

Building With Mud 6-Day Workshop (Moe, Victoria, Australia, February 2014)

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I wrote recently about the Earthship workshop that I’m organising and participating in this coming December, as part of the ecovillage project which I’ve written about here. I’m happy to say that I’ve also just locked in a 6-day mud building workshop in February next year, with the amazingly talented and creative Kate from the… Read more »