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The Retro Future

The Retro Future

Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future

To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it's clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the crises that define …

related subjects: Resilience
Reusing the Resource

Reusing the Resource

Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling

Water has been described as the 21st century oil. Water shortages, water quality and water rights are hot-button issues at the local, national and international levels. Climate change, population growth and contamination from industry, farms and …

related subjects: Energy
Rhetoric for Radicals

Rhetoric for Radicals

A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists

Radicals have important messages to deliver but are often so caught up in the passion of their causes that they lose sight of effective communication -- which is their biggest tool. Crucial to the cause is the ability to speak with clarity and …

related subjects: Social Responsibility
Ripples from the Zambezi

Ripples from the Zambezi

Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies

After six years of economic development work in Africa, Ernesto Sirolli witnessed how little most foreign aid programs were actually doing for the people they hoped to help-from creating a communal tomato field on the banks of the Zambezi river …

related subjects: New Economies
The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

Complete Step-by-Step Construction, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and …

Rural Renaissance (PDF)

Rural Renaissance (PDF)

Renewing the Quest for the Good Life

by Lisa Kivirist & John Ivanko
foreword by Bill McKibben

In the '60s it was called the "back to the land" movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearings' day, it was "living the good life." Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. But how do you accomplish that today?

Blending …

related subjects: New Economies