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Lessons for Sustainable Community

Authors: Karen T. Litfin Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2014 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 239 Publication formats: EAN: 9780745681696 ISBN: 9780745681696 Category: The environment Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -


In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference? To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillagesÑintentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

In this inspiring and insightful book, Karen Litfin shares her unique experience of these experiments in sustainable living through four broad windows - ecology, economics, community, and consciousness - or E2C2. Whether we live in an ecovillage or a city, she contends, we must incorporate these four key elements if we wish to harmonize our lives with our home planet.

Not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. These micro-societies, however, are small and time is short. Fortunately - as Litfin persuasively argues - their successes can be applied to existing social structures, from the local to the global scale, providing sustainable ways of living for generations to come.

You can learn more about Karen's experiences on the Ecovillages website: http://ecovillagebook.org/


  • Title page 8
  • Copyright 9
  • Contents 10
  • List of Figures 11
  • Acknowledgments 13
  • 1 Living a New Story 18
  • 2 Around the World in Fourteen Ecovillages 32
  • 3 Ecology: Living in the Circle of Life 50
  • 4 Economy: Prospering in the Circle of Life 94
  • 5 Community: Relating in the Circle of Life 128
  • 6 Consciousness: Being in the Circle of Life 166
  • 7 Scaling It Up 204
  • Epilogue 222
  • Resources 225
  • index 230
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Author's affiliation

Karen T. Litfin: University of Washington