William Powers on his new book, DISPATCHES FROM THE SWEET LIFE: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World. In it, this gifted writer and expert on sustainable development shares the trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill in South America. it is a story of both hope and how-to for a world in desperate need.
In addition to his storytelling prowess and expertise, Bill has worked for more than a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.
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In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Bill lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. In Dispatches from the Sweet Life, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia, a subtropical town where the Andes meets the Amazon. Surequeta is also a Transition Town — a model community that aims to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
Worldwide, about sixteen hundred Transition initiatives currently exist, part of a global Transition Network, in which local communities foster “glocal” low-carbon economies through alternative energy, local consumption, organic agriculture, and more.
Leaving behind America’s work-and-spend treadmill La Familia Powers embrace the potential of the Sweet Life (vivir bien) — the Bolivian idea that happiness is best achieved in deep community in balance with nature.
Oh you’ll love this book! A great real-life drama, rather than just talk, this is DOING!