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Seedcamp 3. bis 9. Juli, Festival 10. bis 16. Juli

Nicht alle Amis sind doof 😉

“This means laying out a vision of the world that competes directly with today’s vision, one that resonates with the majority of people on the planet because it is true: that we are not apart from nature but of it… This is a vision of the future that goes beyond just surviving or enduring climate change, beyond ‘mitigating’ and ‘adapting’ to it… It is a vision in which we collectively use the crisis to leap somewhere that seems, frankly, better than where we are right now.”

-Naomi Klein


What Others Say, 1972-present

Actually it is not hard to recycle human manure… it is simply a matter of „let it sit“ and let the bacteria and time and if possible temperature do it’s work.

So depending on temperature – it takes 1-3 years for human „shit“ to break down all pathogens. So if you want to be save simply store it away for 3 years and you can put it on top of your garden.

„An island of optimism in the usually gloomy sea of future thought.”

“Their practical advice is more relevant than ever, and their prophecies of what would happen if the road to sustainability was not taken are looking more prescient by the day.”

„21st century pioneers…“  

“The New Alchemists were famous for the depth of research efforts placed in their projects.”

“My favorite biological hackers …”

„A path by which the world might find a way out of its interrelated problems of energy, food, and environmental degradation.”

“A rich vein of eco-tech information…“

“A Cape Cod think tank …”

Free eBook about how to grow your own fish 🙂 download here:


backup mirror: eBook_The_New_Alchimists_Fish_Pond_solar-aquaculture-primer-by-eab1.pdf

another EBook on GreenHouse Management: The_New_Alchimists_notes-on-greenhouse-agr-management-qtly-4-p3-10.pdf


we know portland is wild and engaging in *radical*inclusion* 🙂


The EcoVillages Concept

In the context of growing consumer awareness of environmental issues, there is a great need for practical, affordable communities supporting an environmental lifestyle that won’t compromise modern expectations of personal comfort and social stability. The EcoVillage lifestyle can be supported by integrated technologies and community benefits, including:

    Each community will be a model for energy self-sufficiency. Passive solar design, southern facing greenhouses, solar hot-water and rooftop photovoltaic electrical systems can provide heat, water and electrical energy. Sky-lights, wall mirrors, fresh air ventilation and low energy-use appliances can reduce overall energy requirements. Low-flush toilets and special shower heads, gray water use and rain collecting systems, all can contribute to overall low-water consumption.
    The Natural Bridges Homeless Garden

    Each EcoVillage community will utilize cluster housing and will curtail internal roadways to free space for community agriculture. Creative earthwork will channel rainfall runoff into irrigation and aquaculture ponds. Edible landscaping will provide fruits and nuts, with private areas for individual Organic Gardens. A community farmer or gardener hired by the homeowners‘ association will provide food management, cultivating and other services according to community needs. Each harvest will be available in the EcoVillage community store. Towards establishing this approach, the Santa Cruz Homeless Garden is already operating at our proposed EcoVillage site in Santa Cruz.

    Advanced recycling systems will eliminate most solid waste, and will include recycling of household materials, purification and recirculation of water, and composting.
    In addition to conventional housing, self-contained single family studio and one-bedroom units will be clustered around common activity, living, workshop and recreation areas. Private yards, patios and gardens will surround each co-housing cluster. Natural materials, rough sawn timbers, super-insulation, and large glass southern exposures can create beauty, energy efficiency and innovative design.Take a look at what is being planned by our neighbor, UCSC’s Long Marine Lab at Terrace Point and offer your comments. Also details of the Marine Science Campus (formerly Long Marine Lab) Coastal Long Range Development Plan’s Draft EIR are available.
    Schematic Plan, Natural Bridges

    The principle of sustainability implies a commitment of community members to each other and to the needs of future generations. This commitment evolves naturally whenever residents begin participating from the inception of a development project. EcoSystems employs innovative planning, design and building methods to enable home-buyers to participate in the design and construction of their own homes.

    EcoVillage communities are planned for diverse settings, including coastal, agricultural, recreational, and urban environments. Hiking and bicycle paths will be created by eliminating unnecessary auto traffic through the communities. These settings offer beauty as well as recreational and health benefits.
    EcoVillage work centers will combine high technology information services with high methodology management and personal growth services. Commercial, home office and studio facilities will be available with broad bandwidth communication links for tele-conferencing, desktop publishing, and data-base access, plus secretarial, bookkeeping, and fax services.
    The co-housing concept will include entire or partial ownership. Financing programs will include conventional, equity share and „self-help“ sweat equity.


For more details, refer to Site Plans prepared in 2002 and A Concept Plan for Natural Bridges, prepared in 1992.

Our first project was Baggins End, built by students at UC Davis in 1972.

What some other folks are doing

Civano in Tucson is to be developed by The Trust for Sustainable Development.

Ron Swenson, John Hernikl, John Deamer, and Frank de Winter at the dedication of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco, June 1996 (at EV solar charging station)


For EcoVillages development, EcoSystems, Inc. provides master planning, capital formation, properties acquisition, ecological/economic technologies, approvals, project management, construction and marketing services.


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Superber Film – leider komplett auf Englisch 🙂

Aber evtl. gibt es demnächst eine multi-linguale DVD 🙂

Ansonsten: Wer hat Bock das Ding zu übersetzten und

Amazingly cool projects are going on in Australia 🙂

People try out different lifestyles.

A feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises.

Directed by

Jordan Osmond

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Samuel Alexander
Jordan Osmond
Antoinette Wilson

Cinematography by

Jordan Osmond

Film Editing by

Richard Sidey
Aliscia Young


A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises.

Throughout the year the group build tiny houses, plant veggie gardens, practice simple living, and discover the challenges of living in community.

The film features interviews with David Holmgren (co-originator of permaculture), Nicole Foss (The Automatic Earth), Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures), Ted Trainer (Simplicity Institute), and many more.

A feature-length documentary directed by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity takes us to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence far from the maddening crowds and stress-inducing cityscapes.

Part of a 12-month experiment known as The Simpler Way Project, the inhabitants of this community all share a common commitment to social change and environmental preservation.

What does it mean to live simply?

For this diverse group of conscientious citizens, it means that you reconnect to the natural world, conserve your resources, and peel back the extravagances, economic shackles and unsustainable definitions of success in the modern industrialized world.

In their tiny homes hand-crafted from largely recycled materials, they seek the purity that comes from a return to the basics.

Many people believe that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, but this community has discovered that the exact opposite is true.

Gone are the conveniences and accessories of present-day civilization – electricity, cell phones, and internet access – and in its place is the truest form of a social network.

Some have left drudging 40-hour work weeks spent in the service of large and faceless corporations.

In their new reality, they find everything they need in the natural world that surrounds them in every direction and through the support they find in their fellow co-inhabitants.

Their cause is grounded in more than just a desire for personal growth and experience.

They see the ills of a dying planet and an overly stressed population.

From their perspective, the next evolution of the human species will only be made possible by going back to the fundamentals.

Green energy, farming and artisan craft making each play a major role in realizing this potential.

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity follows each step of this fascinating year-long journey, and it’s clear that every challenge faced by this close-knit community has opened a door to revelation.

Upon the completion of this project, each of them will take these lessons of simple living back home with them and create a lasting change that reverberates to others.


A community comes together to explore a simpler way to live in response to global crises.








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3 June 2016 (Australia) See more »

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AUD 11,260 (estimated)

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Books by Ted Trainer:

  • Trainer, F.E. 2010. The transition: getting to a sustainable and just world. Sydney: Environbooks.
  • Trainer, F.E. 2007. Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society. Springer.
  • Trainer, F.E. 2001. We must move to the simpler way: an outline of the global situation, the sustainable alternative society, and the transition to it. Burton, S.A.: Critical Times Publishing.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1998. Saving the Environment: What It Will Take. New South Wales University Press.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1995. Towards a sustainable economy. Sydney: Environbooks.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1995. The Conserver Society: alternatives for sustainability.[10]. London: Zed.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1991. The Nature of Morality: An Introduction to the Subjectivist Perspective. Aldershot: Avebury Press.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1989. Developed to Death: Rethinking Third World Development. Devon: GreenPrint.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1985. Abandon Affluence!. London: Zed.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1984. Third world development. Series: Critical social issues. School of Education, University of New South Wales
  • Trainer, F.E. 1982. Dimensions of moral thought. Sydney: New South Wales University Press.

Man könnte auch wiedermal sagen, der freie Markt ist ein Arschloch. Was interessiert mich die nächste Generation?

„Deutschland in das eigene Heim gezogen sind – der Anteil derjenigen, die Wohneigentum selbst nutzen, liegt weiter bei nur rund 45 Prozent. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Untersuchung des „Verbändebündnisses Wohnperspektive Eigentum“. 70 Prozent der Europäer wohnen im eigenen Heim, so dass die in der EU mit Abstand den letzten Platz belegen.

Das gelte auch für 30- bis 40-Jährige. Bei diesen sei die Wohneigentumsquote um 10 Prozent unter den Wert von 2002 gesunken. Grund für die sinkende Wohneigentumsquote bei den 30 bis unter 40-Jährigen seien steigende Ausbildungszeiten und ein immer häufiger unter unsicheren Bedingungen erfolgender Einstieg in die Erwerbstätigkeit. Erhöhte Zahlen an Erbschaften und Schenkungen hätten dies nicht kompensieren können. Es sei daher zu befürchten, dass die Eigentumsquote langfristig sinke.“


„Normalverdiener im Abseits“

„Das Verbändebündnis, das sich für mehr Wohneigentum einsetzt, fordert unter anderem bessere Kreditkonditionen für junge Familien sowie eine bundesweite Absenkung der Grunderwerbsteuer auf einheitlich 3,5 Prozent.

Wer erstmals Eigentum erwerbe, solle ganz von der Steuer befreit werden. Die „Speckgürtel“ am Rand von Metropolen müssten besser angebunden werden.“

Ich würde sogar noch einen Schritt weiter gehen und den Banken die Spekulation mit Immobilien verbieten.

Die Lösung heißt wie immer: Unabhängigkeit, Selbständigkeit VON ALLEM durch Ökodorf.

This sucks:und irritiert die Haut der Hände…

Aber das mit dem Abschaben der Seife ist eine coole idee 😀

Kickstater Drumi v1 – viel plastik

Der Kickstarter-Plastik-Profi 200€ ?

Waschmaschine v2 – viel Fahrrad

Der mobile Wäsche-Profi aus England

Waschmaschine v3

Das teilt Wäscht mit dem Rückwärtsgang und schleudert trocken mit dem Vorwärtsgang… genial 😀

Waschmaschine v4

Handpumpem Waschmaschine … die vermutlich einfachste Handbetriebene Waschmaschine der Welt… aus 3 Kübeln und einem Plömpel.

Waschmaschine v5

Ähnlich simpel und verrückt:

Meistens wird eine alte Waschmaschine einfach an ein Fahrrad gekoppelt.

… feddisch 😀






Kinostart: 12.01.2017

Die Dokumentation Wild Plants erforscht meditativ die Entfernung des Menschen von den Pflanzen. Nicolas Humbert spricht mit Aktivisten, die auch in Städten versuchen, eine Rückkehr zur Natur zu erwirken.
Wild Plants, also wilde Gewächse, sind in Großstädten kaum noch anzutreffen. Beton und Glas dominieren das Lebensbild des Städters und die Natur ist für die meisten Männer und Frauen der Konsumgesellschaft nur noch ein Ausflugsziel am Wochenende.

Dokumentarfilmer Nicolas Humbert besucht in Wild Plants Menschen in Europa und Amerika, die sich für die Natur und für eine Rückkehr zu unseren Wurzeln engagieren – auch in großen Metropolen. Er spricht mit Leuten, die glauben, dass die Entfernung von grünen Pflanzen die Spiritualität des Menschen stört und dass ein Umgang mit ihnen ein Grundbedürfnis für ein erfülltes Leben ist. Insbesondere das „Urban Gardening“, also die Gartenpflege in der Stadt, und andere außergewöhnliche Landwirtschaftsprojekte nimmt Humbert dabei in den Fokus, um zu zeigen, dass auch in der Moderne ein Dasein im Einklang mit der Natur möglich ist. (ES)

Nicolas Humbert is a German film director of documentary films, born in 1958.

His first films, made in super 8, show a large influence of surrealism and French. He founded the production house CineNomad in 1987, with his friend Werner Penzel. All they coréalisent several documentaries, not to cross the Border on the guitarist Fred Frith Middle of the Moment.


  • Nebel Jagen (1983-1984)
  • Wolfsgrub (1985-1986)
  • Lani und die Seinen (1988-1989)
  • Step Across the Border (1987-1990)
  • Middle of the Moment (1990-1995)
  • Null Sonne. No Point (1997)
  • Vagabonding Images (1996-1998)
  • Why Should I Buy a Bed When All That I Want Is Sleep (1999)
  • Three Windows (1993-1999)
  • Not like before (2004)
  • Brother Yusef (2005)
  • Lucie et Maintenant (2007)
  • Wonderland (2009)
  • I’m a Crow (2009)
  • Wanted! Hanns Eisler (2012)
  • Wild Plants (2016)