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Thoreau's Luxuries

Thoreau’s Luxuries: An Interlude-


In times of difficulty, when I need to remember who I am and what I am about, I often turn to books and poetry.  From my bookshelf I feel my patron saints watching over me--or at least I feel the closest thing to that possible for one who subscribes to the natural supernaturalism of the Earth Church.  Sometimes its Wendell Berry or Wallace Stevens; other times its Hegel and Marx; sometimes I’m buoyed by some Adrienne Rich or uncle…


Added by Erik Lindberg on September 14, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

Good Behavior

The ethos of the previous two installments of “On Surplus” might be summed up with a few lines from Thoreau: “The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior.  What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”

 What demon indeed?

I have…


Added by Erik Lindberg on August 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Transition Milwaukee is Now an Official Transition Town



Happy Summer, Transition MKE…


Added by TM Admin on July 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Power Down Week Press.

I thought I would post links to the Press we got last year and this year, in case people were interested, or wanted to share it! 

This is getting really exciting. Even if we don't get more press, I am so pleased with all the work people have put into this, and all the stuff we are going to get to do together next week! 

And I am looking forward to my Staycation! 

Be check out this post for some great power down ideas:… Continue

Added by Sarah Moore on June 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How Many Ways Are There to Power Down?

How Many Ways Are There to Power Down?

written by sura faraj.



Added by Christie Mole on June 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Fantasies of Hyper-Globalism: The WWF's Energy Report

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recently unveiled a new report which ambitiously declares the world can switch to 95% renewable energy sources by 2050. The report is meant to be both inspiring and reassuring in its claim that not only is it “technically feasible to supply everyone on the planet in 2050 with the energy they need with 95 per cent of this energy coming from renewable resources,” but also with its declaration that this is “practically possible” (23). The report further proposes… Continue

Added by Erik Lindberg on February 5, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Mis-Imagining Peak Oil

I’m going to begin by admitting to a wish that others may also share: I wish for Peak Oil. The sooner, the better. Let’s get it over with; let’s rip off that band-aid.

In more reflective moments, or at least ones in which I focus on practical aspects and likely consequences, I am reminded that my life, and those of my friends and family, are pretty safe and secure right now, and that after Peak Oil, they will become increasingly less so. But my visceral reaction to the news that oil… Continue

Added by Erik Lindberg on October 30, 2010 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Future Screening of Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings:


At the Nuts and Bolts Meeting tonight, we agreed to show two Future screenings, one part each day, of Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings: Right People, Right Container, Right Process, Right Facilitation, Right Agenda.

I offered to host a viewing and discussion of each of the webinars. Fill out the following poll,…


Added by Chris Terbrueggen on October 13, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

2nd Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz

Hello Transition Milwaukee,
We are in the planning stages on the 2nd Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz, where we inspire the planting of gardens throughout the city.

This year we have a contest to install one garden for the winner. 2nd runner up will receive a garden installed by VGI volunteers, with the owner providing the resources.

We need all the help we can get! Please contact me at or…

Added by Gretchen Mead on March 18, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments

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