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techno-utopia reading list!

Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures:
Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics by Andrew Kimbrell
Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future by Arthur Zajonc
The Community’s Role in Appropriate Technology by George McRobie
Books:
New Dimensions of Appropriate Technology: Selected Proceedings of the 1979 Symposium by Alfred L. Edwards
Appropriate Technology and Social Values: A Critical Appraisal by the American Academy Of Arts and Sciences, edited by Franklin A. Long and Alexandra Oleson
Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace by Amory Lovins
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell
Sowing Resistance: The Third World Speaks Out on Genetic Engineering by Anuradha Mittal and Ellen Hickey
The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance by Anuradha Mittal and Walden Bello
The Culture of Technology by Arnold Pacey
Making Peace With the Planet by Barry Commoner
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution by Brian Czech and Herman Daly
The Resurgence Of The Real: Body, Nature, And Place In A Hypermodern World by Charlene Spretnak
When Technology Wounds: The Human Consequences of Progress by Chellis Glendinning
Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability  by Chet A. Bowers
Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators by Clay Shirky
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton
Growth Fetish by Clive Hamilton
The God That Limps: Science and Technology in the Eighties by Colin Norman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom? By David Brin
The Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld
Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology by David Ehrenfeld
Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium by David Ehrenfeld
The Uncertain Promise: Value Conflicts in Technology Transfer by Denis Goulet
Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World by Denis Hayes
Energy: Crisis or Opportunity?: An Introduction to Energy Studies by Diana Schumacher
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
Schumacher on Energy by E. F. Schumacher
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences by Edward Tenner
Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis by Eileen Crist and H. Rinker
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation by Eileen Crist and Philip Cafaro
The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm
Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth by Gar Smith
Small Is Possible by George McRobie
Technophobia: Getting Out of the Technology Trap by Harold Hellman
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer by Helen Caldicott
Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World by Helena Norberg-Hodge
The Future of Progess: Reflections on Environment and Development by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Edward Goldsmith
From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture by Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page
The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul
Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation by James Howard Kunstler
World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1 by James Howard Kunstler and Jim Meskimen
The End of the Future: The Waning of the High-Tech World by Jean Gimpel
The Coming Energy Revolution: The Search for Free Energy by Jeane Manning
The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System by Jerry Mander
In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander
Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology by Joan Rothschild
Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Michael Greer
Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress by John Michael Greer
Questioning Technology: Tool, Toy or Tyrant? by John Zerzan and Alice Carnes
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer
Appropriate Technology Sourcebook: A Guide to Practical Books for Village and Small Community Technology by Ken Darrow and Mike Saxenian
Human Scale by Kirkpatrick Sale
Stepping Stones: Appropriate Technology and Beyond by Lane De Moll and Gigi Coe
Autonomous Technology: Technics-Out-Of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought by Langdon Winner
The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology by Langdon Winner
Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History by Lisi Krall
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology by Marilyn Carr
Tinker, Tiller, Technical Change by Matthew Gamser
Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment by Michael Huesemann and Joyce Huesemann
Architect or Bee?: The Human/Technology Relationship by Mike Cooley
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Appropriate Technology: Problems and Promises by Nicolas Jéquier
Technology, Transfer and Human Values: Concepts, Applications, Cases by Peter B. Heller
Appropriate Technology: Technology with a Human Face by Peter D. Dunn
Radical Technology by Peter Harper
Earthwalk by Philip Slater
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader
Appropriate Technology: Precepts And Practices by Ram Dass and Richard Alpert
Appropriate Visions: Technology, the Environment, and the Individual by Richard C. Dorf
The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg
Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg
Turning Away from Technology: A New Vision for the 21st Century by Stephanie Mills
On Gandhi’s Path: Bob Swann’s Work for Peace and Community Economics by Stephanie Mills
In Praise of Nature by Stephanie Mills
Epicurean Simplicity by Stephanie Mills
Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth by Tom Butler
Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva
Village Technology Handbook by the Volunteers In Technical Assistance (VITA), edited by Leonard Doak
New Roots for Agriculture by Wes Jackson
Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson
Altars Of Unhewn Stone: Science And The Earth by Wes Jackson
Appropriate Technology in Industrialized Countries by Willem Riedijk
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke
All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke
Taming the Tiger: The Struggle to Control Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Paper Heroes: A Review Of Appropriate Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Film/TV:
Surviving Progress (2011) written/directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
“The rise of personal robots.” 2010 by Cynthia Breazeal at TEDWomen.
“The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance.” (2014) by Hugh Herr at TED2014
Next Generation TV: Standing Up for Our Future (www.nextgeneration.tv)
Magazine:
Geez founded by Aiden Enns and Will Braun


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the history of fair trade in comic book form

 

Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating.

We now have available a new educational resource: The History of Authentic Fair Trade.  In comic book format we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners.  We hope that by presenting the material in this way, with heroes and villains, and condensed stories, it will pique the reader’s curiosity so that she will dig deeper, ask questions, and ultimately make a conscious decision about where she stands in relation to small farmers, co-operatives, and democratic movements, as well as corporations, certifying agencies, and alternative trade organizations.

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS COMIC BOOK!


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be a hobbit, save the earth

a worthy kickstarter project by Steve Bivens. cover

In Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living I look at the problems facing mankind and our planet today, through the lens of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the War of the Ring. Both Middle Earth, and our Earth face destruction at the hands of dark forces, Sauron and his One Ring on one hand, and the forces of corporate greed and materialism on the other. In both cases, civilization faces overwhelming odds.

    We have lost our ‘Shire-ness.’ Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth is about bringing it back to the world, from the bottom up: one hobbit and one Shire at a time.

I believe there are positive lessons we can learn from the courage and resourcefulness of the hobbits, elves, wizards and men of Middle Earth who faced nasty orcses, dragons and trolls, by comparing their situations and responses to the issues that face us modern hobbits today (we have our share of orcses, dragons, and trolls too).

      While our modern challenges seem complicated to the extreme, I believe the solution is actually quite simple. In essence it is merely a change of ‘mind,’ a shift in the way we view the world. I said the solution is simple; it is not, however, EASY. Changing one mind is an easy task (maybe) but changing enough minds to affect the course of the planet, is another matter altogether.

more information on the project page


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the hidden wound

A less-read book by Wendell Berry. This one is about racism, agriculture, land reform, Malcom X, Leo Tolstoy, and his intimate hiddenwoundrelationships with the Afro-American people of his childhood.Since usually we think about Wendell Berry in the white-agrarian context, this is a useful read.

“With the expected grace of Wendell Berry comes The Hidden Wound, an essay about racism and the damage it has done to the identity of our country. Through Berry’s personal experience, he explains how remaining passive in the face of the struggle of racism further corrodes America’s potential. In a quiet and observant manner, Berry opens up about how his attempt to discuss racism is rooted in the hope that someday the historical wound will begin to heal.”

Amazon
Indiebound

 


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roadmap to generosity farm

Check out this kickstarter campaign – a great concept!

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How do we bring together young organic farmers and wise energetic elders to form multigenerational retirement communities that farm?

“Roadmap to Generosity Farm” is a book about how to provide (1) aspiring young farmers with land and (2) energetic elders with a healthy and intellectually stimulating life to form thriving community farms.

A “Generosity Farm” is a community built around a farm and based on the principles of nature — diversity, interdependence, ecology. Generosity Farm will serve two primary populations — retirees and young farmers.  Active retirees are looking for alternatives to conventional retirement homes. Young farmers are looking for land and purpose. Both are looking for lives that are meaningful, productive, healthy, and equitable.

more here.


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agricultural authors at empire farm days

Empire Farm Days is celebrating authors who write about agriculture. Five New York State-based RinckerCover-35383002.5authors will be talking with visitors and signing and selling books in the Cornell Marketplace Building at the 2014 Empire Farm Days on Wednesday August 6 from 10am to 4pm. The 300-acre event takes place at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 Route 414, in Seneca Falls, NY.

The authors coming to Empire Farm Days include:

. Dr. George Conneman, author of General, Miscellaneous, and All Other: Stories from Dr. George Conneman, a lighthearted collection of lessons the highly-regarded Cornell University professor emeritus of farm management has learned from nearly 60 years of working with farmers and their families in New York;

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Cari B. Rincker, Esq., co-author of Field Manual: Legal Guide for New York Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs, a practical guide to everything from farm and wind energy leases and animal law to food labeling and considerations for on-farm slaughter and cottage food production; Continue reading


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hms beagle’s library is now availble for free online!

Darwin

At 22, Charles Darwin set sail for a 5-year trip around the world. His notes from the Galapagos and other destinations were central to the development of his theory of evolution through natural selection, which he described in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. The lost collection of books that kept Darwin company aboard the HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his work on evolution have been made available online for free!

To check out these texts and collection of amazing images, head over to Darwin Online Beagle Library Project!

 

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