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When Henry David Thoreau made this plea 150 years ago, he was reacting to the increasing complexity of life around him. Today we find ourselves in a far more complex world, one in which increasing numbers of us are beginning to see the wisdom in Thoreau’s appeal. Duane Elgin helped define this trend back in 1981 with his first book, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. In that now-classic text, Elgin encouraged us not just to cut back on consumption and ease our busy schedules, but to live a life with purpose, in which every action is the result of a conscious choice.
These slides are the basis for a discussion about the images of the future of the simplicity and sustainability movements from Thoreau and onwards.
* How effective have Thoreau's and Elgin´s calls for simplicity in an increasingly complex world been?
* What can we do to find the simplicity beyond complexity in our lives?
* What's next for these movements?
This slide pack was prepared by Futurist Adam Jorlen for the second meeting in a series about alternative futures by Stockholm Futurists. The four themes are COLLAPSE!, Simplicity and sustainability, Limits to Growth and Abundance and Transformation, the singularity and evolution of consciousness.
Please visit www.meetup.com/StockholmFuturists/ for more info.