In The Evans Library @ FM - When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Gillard was living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community-- and launched Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. Hewitt’s quest becomes a narrative that challenges everything we know about the meaning of money.
Empower yourself in today's highly connected, socially conscious world as you learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your schools, communities, and beyond. Contains profiles of successful projects, step-by-step guides to applied changemaking, and a variety of resources.
A man's home is his castle. But demographic and economic changes have turned our castles into islands. This title presents an exploration of a rewarding type of housing which is suitable for those who value their independence but longs for more connection with those around them.
Tells the story of Gaviotas, an experimental village established in the barren eastern savanna of Colombia by a group of visionaries and technicians in an attempt to prove that it is possible for people to exist, and even thrive, in one of the world's harshest environments.
Introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl - small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirt-tail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate. The book describes inspiring pocket neighborhoods through stories of the people who live there, as well as the progressive planners, innovative architects, pioneering developers, craftspeople and gardeners who helped create them.
The captivating story of a small town coming back to life, grounded in an idea that will revolutionize the way we eat. Over the past 3 years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region. The mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support; they meet regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans, and to loan each other capital. Hardwick is fast becoming a model for other communities to replicate its success.