Education, Mindfulness, and Degrowth

by Simon Ussher and Samuel Alexander on September 23, 2012

Dear friends and colleagues,

Over the last few weeks the Simplicity Institute has published a number of new reports, focusing primarily on education, mindfulness, and degrowth. We’ve even drawn the attention of Richard Heinberg, from the Post-Carbon Institute, who has offered the following endorsement:

The Simplicity Institute is an indispensable resource, providing rigorous and visionary statements on how to achieve a ‘prosperous way down’ as we approach energy descent and the end of growth.”

- Richard Heinberg 

Clive Hamilton has also offered the following words of praise:

The Simplicity Institute is a beacon of hope.”

- Clive Hamilton

Below we have listed our new Simplicity Institute Reports, which link to the full papers. We’re particularly excited about The Simplicity Exercises, by Mark A. Burch, and “Retrofitting the Suburbs,” by David Holmgren. (For a complete list of our publications, see here).

Retrofitting the Suburbs for the Energy Descent Future, David Holmgren 

Educating for Simple Living, Mark A. Burch

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators, Mark A. Burch

Resilience through Simplification: Revisiting Tainter’s Theory of Collapse, Samuel Alexander

Degrowth, Expensive Oil, and the New Economics of Energy, Samuel Alexander

‘Education’ under Consumer-Capitalism, and The Simpler Way Alternative, Ted Trainer

Mindfulness: The Doorway to Simple Living, Mark A. Burch

Communicating Simplicity, Mark A. Burch

We’ve got several more reports already in the pipeline, so we’ll keep you posted, and we’re still accepting submission for the “Stories of Simplicity” book. If you are able to offer your story, please click here.

Warn regards,

Samuel Alexander and Simon Ussher

Directors of the Simplicity Institute


Stories of Simplicity

by Simon Ussher and Samuel Alexander on July 14, 2012

The Simplicity Institute invites you to tell your ‘story of simplicity’ for our new book.

Living simply in a consumer culture involves heading in the opposite direction to where most of society is moving. At times this can produce feelings of social isolation, so it is very important that those of us who choose to live simply both connect with each other and share our experiences. Not only does this provide support and information, it can also show the world that consumerism is not the only way to live.

The Simplicity Institute has just launched a new project called ‘Stories of Simplicity’ which aims to provide more insight into the various ways people are living simpler lives – and we’d like you to be involved. If you are currently exploring a lifestyle of reduced or restrained consumption, please consider telling your ‘story of simplicity.’ The world needs to know!

Telling your story would involve writing a short summary of your experience living simply – it might only be one page. Topics to cover could include:

  • how you came to live simply, why you live simply, and how you live simply.
  • the difficulties or delights of simple living.
  • one experience in particular that best expresses your understanding of ‘the simple life.’
  • if possible, please also send 2 or 3 photos related to your story.

Over the next few weeks and months we will be gathering as many ‘stories of simplicity’ as possible.

These stories will eventually be published on the Simplicity Institute website as a free e-book, and possibly as a not-for-profit physical book as well.  Therefore please only send material you are happy to have published.

Telling your own story can be fun, and reading other people’s stories can be affirming and uplifting. We hope that you tell your story of simplicity.

Together we can tell the story of a movement.

Please email your story and photos to

Warm regards

Samuel Alexander and Simon Ussher

Directors of the Simplicity Institute


Reports, Projects and Updates: A Year In Review

June 3, 2012

We’ve been busy at the Simplicity Institute this year, publishing many essays about voluntary simplicity, post-growth economics, and other related issues such as peak oil and renewable energy. We are also very honoured to welcome Ted Trainer and Mark Burch to our faculty, both of whom have been prominent participants in the Simplicity Movement for […]

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