Also, the organization:
- bought an old general store and moved to Ellenwood, Georgia
- established a membership plan and member newsletter
Since moving Alternatives from Georgia, to Sioux City, Iowa, in August, 1995, the new staff has:
- Published three titles of reissued material with WoodLake Books: Treasury of Celebrations, Alternative Wedding Book and Simplify & Celebrate
- Established a local corps of volunteers and a national speakers bureau
(SLOW Down Network)
- Established an extensive web site:
- www. SimpleLiving.org
- Cataloged and organized an expanding library of over 4000 volumes
- Produced and marketed Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? in
10-25 customized versions annually, including the Advent-Christmas calendar
bulletin insert. Over two-and-a-half million copies of the booklet have
- Produced a Spanish version called Adviento annually since
- Produced a 40-Day Lenten Guide in English annually and in Spanish
- Re-issued from other publishers Leaders Guide to Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop and an updated edition of Living
More with Less Study Action Guide
- Repackaged and marketed past resources, such as The Christmas Game, Christmas Campaign Kit, Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go (3 audio CDs) and Whos
Risen from the Dead, Anyway?
- Produced many new titles:
- Stories and Songs of Simple Living book, cassette and CD
- Simple Living Calendar for Any Year
- Sing Justice! Do Justice! hymn collection
- Simple Living 101: Toolbook for Activists
- Carols with Justice
- Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art for simpler living and global justice CD-ROM
- Simply the Best: 30 Years of Alternatives CD-ROM, the bulk
of our work to date (upgraded each year)"
- Christmas Campaign Kit (upgraded annually), included Whose Birthday audio CD, a Christmas Pageant based on Carols with Justice, etc.
- Spirit of Simplicity greeting cards and guided journal"
- The Vision of Simpler Living DVD: 3 videos"
- Living Simply and Loving It! audio CD, which compliments Simple
- Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop-on-a-CD (audio)
We met our goals for our 30th anniversary of establishing a planned giving
fund and an Honorary Board of Directors (see right).
We moved into a geodesic dome building named The Earth Dome our
headquarters and a Care of Creation Center (environmental demonstration project)
in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
We published The Anytime Game (modeled after the popular The Christmas Game).
We issued a gift version of our annual Advent booklet for families Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? appropriate
for bookstores and newsstands.
We produced two series of radio programs Whose Birthday? (six 28-minutes programs) and More-with-Less Christmas (30 90-seond spots) and
recruited over 15 stations to broadcast them.
We added to our audio CD series with Carols with Justice, What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? and Christmas Trilogy (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge and Lets Get Off the Christmas Roller Coaster).
Weve expanded Trade Book titles and sales, introducing more videos,
magazines and sidelines, such as bumper stickers, greeting cards, and Fair
Trade items from Developing Countries
To conserve natural resources and to utilize North Americans changing
learning styles, we use more CDs and DVD's and no more audio or
video tape. Also, we plan more web-based services and resources with briefer
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- We produced The Good Life curriculum for Vacation Bible School and other
uses on paper and CD-ROM, including music accompaniment, booklet and
- We began an new initiative, Reaching Out to Young Adults, which includes
a new look for our Resource Guide, web site and other publications;
recruiting more young adults to serve on the board of directors; and considerable
travel by the National Coordinator to meet members and volunteers face-to-face
and to meet students on college and seminary campuses.
We produce a quarterly Resource Guide; a new donor newsletter called Youre
Making a Difference! and a member/volunteer newsletter, now called Inside
issue about a half-dozen national media releases per year and a
free weekly email newsletter for over 8000 subscribers. We maintain an extensive,
growing web site archive that can be used for personal inspiration and by
Our national Speakers Bureau called the SLOW Down Network has over 800 volunteers who are Speakers, Workshop Leaders, Alternative Event Organizers, Simplicity Circle/Discussion-makers, and now Project Workers (local media contacts).
We are inspiring, training and supporting volunteers to be more proactive through our new Simpler Living Community Network.
To be even more interactive with our customers, we are planning a number of focus groups by conference call, in addition to product evaluations and our annual survey.
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In the next five years we plan to issue:
- Young Adult series, including Simple Choices game
- Worship Alternatives CD-ROM and packet
- Sing Justice! Do Justice! audio music CD
- Web-based audio service
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, we receive income from grants, memberships, donations and sale of resources. Since this is a mission-driven rather than profit-driven organization, any surplus income goes into projects to advance the mission.
Alternatives is operated by a small, committed staff. Our whole operation is lean and frugal. We embrace the message we espouse daily.
If you would like to read our business and privacy policies, visit SimpleLiving.org, click on About Us, then Policies.
If you are in a position to help us reach some of our goals, please be in touch.
Thank you for your interest and support.
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