Episode 110: Mark A. Burch on a Possible Utopia

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Mark A. Burch is a Canadian author, speaker and transformational educator. He has published seven books about voluntary simplicity and sustainable livelihood, including The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to ExtinctionStepping Lightly: Simplicity for People and the Planet and The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators. His short fiction garnered first prize in the Lady Eaton Short Story competition and Stepping Lightly was nominated for the Nautilus Award in non-fiction. Euterra Rising is his debut novel.

He has practiced simple living since the 1960s, and since 1995, has offered presentations, workshops and courses on voluntary simplicity. He is the retired Director of the Campus Sustainability Office for The University of Winnipeg, former Co-Director of the Simplicity Practice and Resource Centre, and former Instructional Fellow with the Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been a frequent featured guest on Canadian Broadcast Corporation radio and TV.

In 2012, he wrote eight papers for the Simplicity Institute in Australia. He also wrote the handy “Simplicity Study Circles: A Step-by-Step Guide.” Most recently he has moved to futuristic fiction with “Euterra Rising: the Last Utopia.”

Visit MarkABurch.ca for his blog Dispatches From Euterra

EUTERRA RISING: THE LAST UTOPIA

Euterra Rising is the story of a 23rd century culture rising from the ashes of the 21st century Ruination of consumer culture and the Great Forgetting that followed loss of the Internet. This is the story of the Euterran civilization from its emergence amidst crisis to the continuing challenges it must overcome as it navigates a future without fossil fuels or a stable climate. Euterra also faces threats posed by remnant groups such as the Brotherhood who still cling to the values of the past and who pursue them with ruthless desperation. When the Brotherhood discovers Euterra, two worldviews, two different value systems, and two societies collide.

ISBN:  978-0-9784528-4-1 //  eBook ISBN:  978-0-9784528-5-8

SimplicityInstitute.org – Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

Simplicity Institute Reports (8) by Mark A. Burch

Twenty Questions: Technology and Simple Living (Simplicity Institute Report, 12f, 2012)

Educating for Simple Living (Simplicity Institute Report, 12j, 2012)

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators (Simplicity Institute Report, 12k, 2012)

Mindfulness: The Doorway to Simple Living (Simplicity Institute Report, 12n, 2012)

Communicating Simplicity (Simplicity Institute Report, 12o, 2012)

Simplicity and Economy (Simplicity Institute Report, 12q, 2012)

Simplicity, Sustainability, and Human Rights (Simplicity Institute Report, 12r, 2012)

Sufficiency: Enough, For Everyone, Forever (Simplicity Institute Report, 12t, 2012)

Future episodes of Simpler OneEarth Living feature Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors on her new book “What About Our Money.”

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1st-of-March Bonus: Don Hall on Transitioning Our Communities into Earth-Size and Livable for All Life

We know many changes MUST be made to keep Earth livable. At the same time, so many changes (some in the wrong direction) are underway that we tire and need to practice resilience every week. It is in that context that we welcome Don Hall and the Transitions Movement.

Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota from 2010 to 2016. During that time, Don delivered more than 60 Transition Talks, screened over 40 Films for a Future, hosted dozens of “reskilling” workshops, led an effort that harvested nearly 250,000 pounds of organic produce for those in need, organized six annual community-wide Eat Local Week celebrations, and compiled an Eat Local Guide with detailed listings for more than 250 related businesses and organizations. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don was named Co-Director of Transition US in 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.

TransitionUS.org connects you quickly with stories of transition going on around the country. Key words that pop up include: Transitions, Local Communities, Increase Resilience, Inner Transitions.

The Transitions approach states simply that three dynamics underway require urgent action: Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis.

Jubilee Circles function as transition groups!

Episode 109: Richard Heinberg on Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices  

Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute. “PostCarbon.org // OurRenewableFuture.org // RichardHeinberg.com (Muse Letter)

PostCarbon.org/our-people/Richard-Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis:

Most recently, Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy, co-authored with David Fridley (2016), and the well-known, The End of Growth: Adapting the Our New Economic Reality (2011)

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