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Ecology, Community and Lifestyle by Arne Naess

Ecology, Community and Lifestyle by Arne Naess

Jacques LawinskiApr 5, 20245 min read
Naess discusses the different ethical and ontological foundations for deep ecology, and for a new relationship with nature and other beings in general.
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The Flowering Wand by Sophie Strand

Jacques LawinskiFeb 13, 20246 min read
The Flowering Wand explores how masculinity can be thought of in many different ways, through re-looking at ancient Western mythology.
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Technofeudalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Jacques LawinskiOct 20, 20238 min read
Technofeudalism is Varoufakis’ hypothesis for the transformation of the world economy in the 21st century. Varoufakis is a Greek economist and ex-Finance Minister.
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Ngā Uruora by Geoff Park

Jacques LawinskiAug 24, 20235 min read
Ngā Uruora is the ecological and natural history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Geoff Park (d. 2009) was a renowned New Zealand ecologist and research scientist who made significant contributions to our understanding of the natural history of the country.
KUNI by Tsuyoshi Sekihara and Richard McCarthy

KUNI by Tsuyoshi Sekihara and Richard McCarthy

Jacques LawinskiAug 17, 20234 min read
KUNI is a Japanese concept for community: this book tells the story of how rural communities can rejuvenate and become self-sufficient. Tsuyoshi Sekihara is a community revival expert in Japan, and Richard McCarthy advocates for local food systems in the US.
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The Abundance of Less by Andy Couturier

Jacques LawinskiJul 4, 20235 min read
Andy Couturier is a writer on sustainability, ecology, nature and nuclear power in Japan and the United States. This book retraces a book he published some years earlier, about rural life in Japan.
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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Jacques LawinskiJun 21, 20235 min read
Michael Pollan is a writer for the New York Times Magazine as well as an author on nature and humanity. This book is the story of four plants: the apple, the tulip, cannabis, and the potato.
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The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

Jacques LawinskiMay 16, 20234 min read
Richard Mabey is a British writer and broadcaster on the relations between nature and culture. This book is a story of plants, and their incredible place in our imagination.
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Another World is Possible by Geoff Mulgan

Jacques LawinskiMay 1, 20238 min read
An expert in social imagination takes us through the different ways in which we could improve our collective future through more imagination.
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Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Jacques LawinskiMar 4, 20237 min read
A leading British economist explores the reasons why current economic thinking doesn’t work, and proposes a way to rethink our economic theory.
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Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet – Thich Nhat Hanh

Jacques LawinskiFeb 24, 20235 min read
The ‘monk who brought mindfulness to the West’ shares his wisdom on how we can be the change we need to see to confront the ecological crisis.
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Tree Sense – Susette Goldsmith

Jacques LawinskiFeb 15, 20235 min read
A compilation of ways in which we can think about, value, and explore the trees that form, and are themselves formed by our beautiful landscapes in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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English Pastoral – James Rebanks

Jacques LawinskiFeb 12, 20235 min read
A personal story of a farmer faced with industrialisation and modernisation in the world of farming, and how he is continuing to farm, determined to do good for the land.
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Aroha – Hinemoa Elder

Jacques LawinskiJan 2, 20234 min read
Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet.
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Living by the Moon – Wiremu Tāwhai

Jacques LawinskiJan 2, 20235 min read
An in-depth and bilingual guide to the moon’s cycles according to te ao Māori – maramataka.
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Gone Bush – Paul Kilgour

Jacques LawinskiDec 31, 20225 min read
A beautiful account of what it’s like to be tramping in back country New Zealand.

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