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Although Alternatives closed officially in early 2011, its mission and resources are being extended since then by Simple Living Works! An important document written around that time is Kristina Kahl’s Ph.D. dissertation. It is also a cautionary tale. In this episode the author speaks.
It is good to see that you are keeping the organization – at least the materials – alive and well.
Dissertations are a very big endeavor. And as you know, I spent many a year with the organization so as to produce such a product.
That being said, this is a project that uses a sociological mindset. Again, another perspective that gets misunderstood. Most people align it with psychology. Not the case. Sociology looks at how people and society interact. It is more of the nature vs nurture argument – sociology being the nurture. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the dissertation. I worked really hard on it and feel it offers a strong qualitative account of simple living, the relationship between faith based beliefs and simple living, as well as the role a national organization played in the larger conversation of simple living.
Please note that I have also used pseudonyms for the organization and all people I interviewed.
I would love feedback!
The Crisis of Social Change for Simple Livers: How a Faith-Based Organization and its Members Affect the Voluntary Simplicity Movement
My QUESTIONS to Kristina
- What caught your attention about Alternatives that steered you toward us for your dissertation work?
- Tell us about the process of writing your dissertation.
- Tell us about your sociological conclusions.
- Do you still have interest in the voluntary simplicity movement?
- What are you doing now? What are your plans for the future?
For a copy of Kristina’s Ph.D. dissertation, contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meeting Kristina: Gerald’s travel journal post #225
- More Simple Living Works! (Alternatives) historical documents
- A Short History of Alternatives with photos
- Email around the closing of Alternatives and founding of Simple Living Works! in 2011
DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”
The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs. Whose Birthday? 2010 was the last edition distributed on paper. Since then I have published it on the internet.
Whose Birthday? #27 is a new, free online collection. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it. The 2015 ed. is scheduled to be on our website in Sept. When it’s ready, I’ll announce it in the Simple Living Works! weekly blog and monthly eNews.
Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).
DIY “Whose Birthday?” Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself Whose Birthday? You’re welcome to assemble and copy a version that meets your local needs. All of our resources and service are now free of charge.
- CREATE – select the items most appropriate for your congregation or group, including graphics. Add some of your own original material if you choose.
- PRODUCE – assemble the items in an attractive way, using publishing software (probably already on your computer) for a paper version; or electronic software for internet-based version (using PDF’s of a paper version or a template for a newsletter version).
- DISTRIBUTE – Hand out copies to your congregation or group at a worship service or meeting or by mail, make additional copies available to share with friends and relatives. Do not sell for a profit or copyright it under our Creative Commons license. Post it on your congregation’s or your personal web site.
- PROMOTE – Tell people where it’s available using social media and any other ways available to you — newsletter, worship bulletin, posters, etc.
To make your selections, visit:
- “Whose Birthday?” index by editions.
- Alphabetical index of Advent/Christmas Alternative articles taken from “Whose Birthday?” and our Christmas Packs at
- Graphics at “Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art” and from “Worship Alternatives”
- Complete Thematic/Seasonal index of Advent/Christmas resources
- For help with your workshop, visit parts 2 & 3 of “Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold”
- I plan to continue issuing podcasts of audio from “Whose Birthday?” To hear past episodes, visit the index.
- For audio and video resources visit our AV index.
Recent Responses to All SLW! Media
Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce, The Common Good Podcast.
Ep. 51: Steve Beumer, Champion of Change, White House Honoree, one of 12 People of Faith Acting for the Climate
Ep. 50: Joyce “Earth Mama” Rouse. Read her bio, philosophy and resources at her NEW Website! Also, Songbooks, Whole Enchi-Mama on a USB Thumbdrive, Standing on the Shoulders music video, sheet music offerings — all NEW.
EarthDay.fm is a 24 hour internet station that plays Eco or Earth music—and has listeners in over 120 countries. Her music is streamed in many places—Spotify, Amazon Cloud Drive, iTunes Radio and iTunes Match, XBox, Rhapsody, EarthDay.fm and more streaming and internet radio. Hear some of her full cuts at https://soundcloud.com/earthmamamusic Her “Enough Is as Good as a Feast” is in Alternatives’ Stories and Songs of Simple Living — introduction, audio and lyrics.
Ep. 49, Laird Schaub, Exec. Sec., The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. “Intentional communities” include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values.
Since beginning in 1987, FIC works through Communities Directory, Communities magazine, Community Bookstore, community-focused Events, Classifieds, the Blog, and more. FIC promotes cooperative culture and sustainable living by providing the information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of community, and those who want to develop a greater sense of community where they are. However community touches your life, FIC’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for.
Ep. 48: Mike Mercer, Exec. Dir. of Northwest Earth Institute || Wikipedia We create transformative change when we share learning, stories, and challenges with our community, whether on the bus, in the pew, at class, or at work. See MORE.
SLW! Recommends Literacy Service
This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites. These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides. For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.
Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – September
Tony & Shane Uncut
Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews, John de Graaf, Duane Elgin and more!
Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) | Share the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media + BONUS: Social Media Supplement // Self-Starters Needed! // Free coaching for groups on the internet
Jubilee Economics / The OneEarth Project colleague Lee Van Ham’s book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project. Also, hear The Common Good Podcast, which I co-host and produce: Episode 62: Jeff Lincer, Heroic Efforts to Manage Habitats || NEW three minute film: Ecology and Economics—Colleagues, Not Rivals || Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham, including| TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 || Lee’s recent Slide Show
Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.
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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist
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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.