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Dave Wann

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Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us And How To Fight Back. This book defines "affluenza" as a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. It shows how problems from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms. Tracing the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, it discusses new ways to measure success. The message is to remember that the best things in life aren't things. As Kindle | More…

       Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – And How To Fight Back

The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. Wann challenges us to transform our non-sustainable culture by transforming ourselves. To nurture our world, he challenges us to rethink our lives, stand up for a healthy planet and move towards a "new normal" lifestyle. The agenda for this includes initiating local business alliances that actively lobby for local buying, creating an investment strategy that values the balance of nature, supporting the design, manufacture, and use of products made with natural chemicals, and publicly advocating a more efficient use of water by placing a higher cultural value on wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. As Kindle | More…

       The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living

Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. In his bestseller Affluenza, Wann and his co-authors diagnosed the disease of over-consumption. In Simple Prosperity, he shows how we can overcome this disease by investing in “real wealth” sources. He draws on the latest research to document how social connections, good health, contact with nature, stimulating work, leisure time, and great neighborhoods represent our real wealth. By rethinking monster houses, excessive airplane travel, feedlot meat, and suburbs-without-stores, we can reduce our "ecological footprint." As Kindle | More…

       Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle

The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. Drawing from his own considerable gardening experience, as well from people he calls "The Zen Masters of the Western Garden," Wann offers a mix of stories, how-to advice, and simple, doable projects ideal for gardeners in the high and arid landscapes of the West. For gardeners of the high plains and mountains who are "meteorologically and topographically challenged," who routinely grapple with wild weather swings, high elevations, and scarcity of water, he offers inspiration and invaluable tips for success. As Kindle | More…

       The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

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Biologic: Designing With Nature to Protect the Environment. Explains why we must all consider the environmental consequences of our individual and community actions in everything from the simple tasks of our daily lives to the construction techniques of major developments. In addition to thinking logically, we must learn to think biologically. More…

Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future. Explores a new way of thinking about design, one that asks "What is our ultimate goal?" before the first step has been taken. It shows how designs that begin with such a question - whether in products, buildings, technologies, or communities - are sensitive to living systems, and can potentially accomplish their mission without the seemingly unavoidable side effects of pollution, erosion, congestion, and stress. "Deep designs" meet the criteria of renewability, recyclability, and nontoxicity, and they are easy to understand and implement. As Kindle | More…

Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing. This book describes caring and active neighbors who enjoy their own privacy yet also share a wonderful sense of camaraderie and connection. It tells real-world stories of the people who live in these communities, whether they be in urban, suburban, or rural settings. Exploring everything from planning a cohousing community to moving in to the joys and challenges of daily life, Reinventing Community shares with its readers a sense of what it takes to build a true community in our often detached and disengaged modern world. As Kindle | More…

Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. Practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. This book is about remaking suburban and urban neighborhoods to serve people better and to reduce human impact on the environment. It shows how suburbs fail to meet many peoples' needs, then describes how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. More…

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