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Book Title: Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World|
The author of the book: Alan Weisman
ISBN 13: 9781890132286
Edition: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Date of issue: December 1st 1999
Format files: PDF
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This reminds me of Audre Lorde's quote, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." So what tools should we use? And once the house is dismantled, what do we build instead? Using Gaviotas as a case study, it takes a whole lot of trial and error, and taking absolutely no ideas or assumptions for granted.
I think my favorite phrase from this book was along the lines of "This isn't a utopia. It's a topia." This realistic approach to sustainable ideals is so encouraging.
It's interesting that while the engineers and scientists were approaching technical problems from new and innovative angles, they were still replicating systems of oppression. It took community members without "sanctioned" education, youth, and (to some extent) sociologists to have a forum to voice their opinions and approach the issues with the same spirit of innovation. This took years and years to happen, but the results have restored my faith in humanity just a little bit.
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Alan Weisman's reports from around the world have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Discover, Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, and in many anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2006. His most recent book, The World Without Us, a bestseller translated into 30 languages, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the #1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes; a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction, for the Orion Prize, and a Book Sense 2008 Honor Book. His previous books include An Echo In My Blood; Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World (10th anniversary edition available from Chelsea Green); and La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico. He has also written the introduction for The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh, available this fall from Parallax Press. A senior producer for Homelands Productions, Weisman’s documentaries have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. Each spring, he leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where is Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.
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