Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness [NOOK Book]

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"it is a series of hard-hitting essays by a diverse collection of writers that wraps its arms around everything from simplicity to climate change to economic metrics to happiness. I approached each chapter (each new writer) with skepticism and a willingness to put the book down, and I found my self delighted time after time. This is a book anyone would be glad to have on their shlf." - Lyle Estill

"Here is a book with its roots in the earth that can move you to new places, stimulate ideas and encourage change. Less is More will show you how to

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Overview

"it is a series of hard-hitting essays by a diverse collection of writers that wraps its arms around everything from simplicity to climate change to economic metrics to happiness. I approached each chapter (each new writer) with skepticism and a willingness to put the book down, and I found my self delighted time after time. This is a book anyone would be glad to have on their shlf." - Lyle Estill

"Here is a book with its roots in the earth that can move you to new places, stimulate ideas and encourage change. Less is More will show you how to divest gradually, to live more in the present moment, while still paying attention to technology, health, politics and the environment. Simplicity is not a turning away. It is a rejoining." Barbara Bamberger Scott

 

"The anthology's true strength comes in the diversity of its voices - which include not only journalists and activists, but also businesspeople and ministers. Less is More will serve as an informative and inspiring primer." - Ryan Williams, ForeWord Magazine

 

"Andrews and Urbanska are masterful in their prose and their ability to bring together an eclectic array of writers, thinkers and sustainability adovcates who live in ways that echo what they write about. " John Ivanko

"No good idea stays local for long," writes Jay Walljaspsr in Less is More, a smart collection of essays that chant the simplicity mantra without oversimpifying the issues at stake. Many of these ideas seem bound to travel far." - Utne Reader

"I am both educated and inspired by the writings in Less is More. Living simply, like finding the heart, is the work of a lifetime. It is not easy to get there, but it provides a life of ease once the goal is reached. This book is a wonderful contribution to reorienting our lives away from the alienating influences of our shame-inducing consumer culture back toward what is really important: the choice to care for ourselves, others and the planet in a simple, loving way." - Glenn Berger, PhD, glennbergerblog

People are afraid and anxious. We’re destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit of wealth isn’t working.

But there’s another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply—that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth. Less is More is a compelling collection of essays by people who have been writing about simplicity for decades. They bring us a new vision of Less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with Less becomes a life of More: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, and more security.

When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being part of a caring community. Less is More shows how to turn individual change into a movement that leads to policy changes in government and corporate behavior, work hours, the wealth gap, and sustainability. It will appeal to those who want to take back their lives, their planet, and their well-being.

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I picked up a book by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Its collection of essays focus on “simplicity”, but they are (as our British friends would say) spot on about the inner journey of Transition. I strongly recommend this book as a part of Transition literature. Less is More reminds us that the inner goal is “knowing who you are, being clear about your values, understanding what brings true well-being.” - Joanne Poyourow, Transition US

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924312
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,326,576
  • File size: 373 KB

Meet the Author

Cecile Andrews is a community educator, author of Circle of Simplicity, and contributor to several books on living more simply and taking back our time. She has a doctorate from Stanford and teaches at Seattle University. She and her husband are founders of Seattle's Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community. Wanda Urbanska is a Harvard graduate whose life's work has involved living simply. She is the President of Simple Living Company, www.simplelivingtv.net , the producer/host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, and the author of three books on the subject. She lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

Part 1 Simplicity Defined

Introduction Cecile Andrews 3

Simple Living: Lessons from the World of Television Wanda Urbanska 8

Voluntary Simplicity: Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet Duane Elgin 18

Graceful Living Jerome Segal 27

A Scientific Approach to Voluntary Simplicity Tim Kasser Kirk Warren Brown 35

Finding Real Wealth: Twice the Value for Half the Resources Dave Wann 41

Religion and the Earth Rev. Canon Sally Bingham 47

The Circle of Simplicity Cecile Andrews 53

Like Corn in the Night: Reclaiming a Sense of Time Rebecca Kneale Gould 64

Simplicity, Simply Put Tom Turnipseed 74

Enroute to Eldertown: Where Fast Lanes Turn into Pastures and Meadows Theodore Roszak 79

Part 2 Solutions

Introduction Cecile Andrews 89

Simplicity Isn't "Voluntary" Any More Ernest Callenbach 92

The Lagom Solution Alan AtKisson 101

Creating a Life You Love Wanda Muszynski 107

Taking Back Family Life from Overscheduling William J. Doherty 116

Why I Farm Bryan Welch 121

Why People of Faith Must Care for the Planet Matthew Sleeth 126

Nearing Enough Linnea Johnson 133

Culture as a Guidepost for a Balanced Life Cathy O'Keefe 142

"...and All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" Michael Schut 148

Decluttering Sarah Susanka 153

Wabi-Sabi Time Robyn Griggs Lawrence 157

Changing the World one Block at a Time Jay Walljasper 163

The Real Wealth of Neighborhoods Dave Wann 170

The Speed Trap Jay Walljasper 180

Creating the Educational Foundations for Change John E. Wear 191

Part 3 Policies

Introduction Cecile Andrews 203

A Mature Economy Bill McKibben 205

Why Isn't This Empire Sustainable Dave Wann212

Radical Sustainability Jim Merkel 220

Downshifting to a Carbon-friendly Economy Juliet Schor 228

What's the Economy for, Anyway? John de Graaf 235

We Are Hard-wired to Care and Connect David Korten 242

Afterword Time to Talk! Creating Simplicity Conversation Circles Cecile Andrews 251

Notes 259

Index 261

About the Editors 269

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