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The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living
Intellectual arguments alone will not sway the dominant paradigm; to be motivated to create change, people must be moved. Art has the power to inform, influence, and inspire. The creative impulse can, quite literally, change the world.
Better explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures, including:
- Upcycling trash into treasure
- Turning your fish tank into a garden
- Making your yard or balcony a work of art.
Better is a concrete application of the Better Theory, which views every experience-good or bad-as an opportunity for exponential personal growth. Packed with life lessons and tips for making any lifestyle more sustainable, while drawing on everyone's inherent creativity, this unique book provides the inspiration to live more simply, take more chances, and engage more with the natural world. A must-read for anyone who questions the purpose of the daily grind or grapples with the need for more meaning in his or her life.
Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony which serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Better Farm attracts those who are interested in doing "better"-growing from each experience, serving their communities, and creating something that benefits the world around them. Nicole is president of the not-for-profit arts and music outreach initiative betterArts, which works in tandem with Better Farm to explore the intersection between sustainability and art. She also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, Time Out New York, and many others.
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A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
Dissimulating the Sustainable City
A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons
New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre