Episode 63 :: The Convergence of OneEarth Living and Voluntary Simplicity


Lee Van Ham, Director of The OneEarth Project and Jubilee Economics; author of Blinded by Progress

Show Notes

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We are co-producing this episode with Jubilee OneEarth Economics. A slightly different version is being released this month on

TheCommonGoodPodcast.com (TCGP).

The impetus for this podcast came when TCGP cohost Lee Van Ham was one of the presenters at “Seeking Simplicity: A Workshop for the Soul and the Planet,” hosted at St. Paul’s Cathedral in January, 2016. The search for simplicity, not austerity, can get us closer to using only the capacities of our one planet instead of several. Yet, just what simplicity is varies widely; what size fits you? And does your size fit the planet?


    • Live more simply by reducing our consuming.
    • Live more simply by pruning our possessions.
    • Live more simply by pruning our busyness.
    • To live more simply requires a spiritual attitude and practice.
    • To live more simply an intentional community of practitioners helps.
    • Our efforts to live more simply converge with our efforts to live using only the resources of one planet.

Regular listeners to TCGP will be familiar with the co-housing arrangement of the Van Hams and the Watkins. Listeners of SLW! Podcast can get some background by listening to my TCGP Episode 56 :: Carol Watkins: Shared Housing – a Step Toward OneEarth Living. Read Lee Van Ham’s fascinating blog “2 Households in 1 House: Can Shared Housing Help You?” Harry Watkins has several entries to his Shared Housing blog.

You’ll find other blogs of interest by Lee on OneEarth Living at TheOneEarthProject.com.

Also Mentioned

Blogger for the Lutheran Magazine online, Bob Sitze: Simple Enough–“Whose Birthday WAS It, Anyway?” pays tribute to SLW!

My blog Positive Signs from Central Coast Calif.

John de Graaf’s Lenten sermon series

Lee’s book Blinded by Progress at TheOneEarthProject.com | REVIEWS. See Kritika Narula’s (Delhi, India) essay/review on Goodreads.com. |

The Five Life Standards of Living More with Less: TCGP Episode 27 :: Gerald Iversen, Simple Living, and The Common Good Podcast developments

Simple Living Works! Podcast || SLW! Podcast Index || SLW! Blog

Jerry’s PREVIEWS of Simple Living Web Sites, Blogs and Podcasts

The Minimalists popular blog and new podcast

Lenten disciplines:

  • Prayer. Visit Prayer and Politiks (Ken Sehested)
  • Almsgiving. Add something positive and helpful, as well as eliminating something negative and unhelpful from our lives.
  • Fasting. Broaden our view of food. Listen to Lee’s conversation with Mel Lions–Why Food Choices Are Our Best Portal to Making Differences Ecologically. Play the Food Swap Game.
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Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? is a new, free online collection for Lent/Easter.

DIY Who’s Risen? Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself Who’s Risen? 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.

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Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce, The Common Good Podcast.

Earlier Episodes

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Episode 62:  Tim Kasser, Professor of Psychology; author of The High Price of Materialism

“My primary interest concerns people’s values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade I have been especially focused on studying ‘materialistic values,’ i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular.

“My colleagues and I have found that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviors. My research has recently been investigating how values relate to well-being in various nations around the world, as well as what leads some people to become especially focused on different types of values.”

Kasser not only defines the problem but proposes ways we can change ourselves, our families, and society to become less materialistic.

VIDEO: The High Price of Materialism. In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.

More The High Price of Materialism – New Dream (Center for a New American Dream)

Also MENTIONED – Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood

Episode 61 – John “Affluenza” de Graaf, Champion of Simple Living Today
John on The Common Good Podcast:  Ep. 39 – Affluenza; Ep. 40- Happiness Initiative

Episode 60 – Phil Petrie, artist and Simple Living Leader

Episodes 57-59 — This legacy ‘Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?’ can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar and readings match this Advent’s lectionary cycle (C, Luke). Encourage others. Use this article in your newsletter/web site.

Part 1 – Advent 1 & 2 || Part 2 – Advent 3 & 4 || Part 3 – Christmas and Epiphany || Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK) || Bonus Materials

Episode 56Ken Weigel, Exec. Dir. of Advent Conspiracy

Episode 55: Provocative, profound words from the historian of the voluntary simplicity movement. David E. Shi (pronounced “Shy”), author of the classic The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (1985/2007), as well as  In Search of the Simple Life : American Voices, Past and Present (1996). Recently, “The Simple Life — Past and Present,” Foreword to  Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future” by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod of the Simplicity Collective.

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Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar –  FEBRUARY

Tony  & Shane Uncut

The complete 3-1/2 hour straight talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne about simple living and global justice — episodes 20-27.

Champions of Simple Living Today

Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews, John de Graaf, Duane Elgin and more!

Simple Living blog/podcast/site preview service

Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth, the last edition of the classic series Alternate Celebrations Catalogs.

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

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Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice (Foreword by Cecile Andrews) | Introduction | How to Use This Collection | QUOTES | ART | En Español (all)

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

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. || 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

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