Jeff Rubin’s Smaller World

A blog for the Toronto Globe and Mail

Post Carbon Cities

Is your city ready for oil at $150+ a barrel?

Intentional Communities

“‘Intentional Community’ is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision,” says the site for the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. “This web site serves the growing communities’ movement, providing resources […]

Sustainable Cities Collective

The nuts-and-bolts of building better cities

Long Bets

Put your money where your mouth is when it comes to the long-term future

Desertification & Container Gardening

blog by retired professor Willem Van Cotthem

Low-tech Magazine

“Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. A simple, sensible, but nevertheless controversial message; high-tech has become the idol of our society.” Low-Tech Magazine also has a sister publication, No Tech Magazine.

Green Books blog

Green Books is “an independent UK publishing company, producing books on a wide range of environmental and cultural issues.” Green Books has a great blog that covers green news across the web.

Post Carbon Institute

covers the “interrelated economic, energy, and environmental crises that define the 21st century”

Global Dashboard

on global risks and international affairs


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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