A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

In 2015 a small community formed an emerging ecovillage in Gippsland, Victoria, and challenged themselves to explore a radically simpler way of life based on material sufficiency, frugality, permaculture, alternative technology and local economy. Made by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a documentary that tells the story of this community’s living experiment, in the hope of sparking a broader conversation about the challenges and opportunities of living in an age of limits.

The documentary also presents new and exclusive interviews with leading activists and educators in the world’s most promising social movements, including David Holmgren (permaculture), Helena Norberg-Hodge (localisation), Ted Trainer (the simpler way), Nicole Foss (energy and finance), Bill Metcalf (intentional communities) and Graham Turner (limits to growth).


Friday, June 3, 2016 from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM.
Victorian Trades Hall Council (New Council Chambers) – 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, VIC 3053.

Doors open at 6.15pm, with time to mingle before Samuel Alexander introduces the film at 6.45pm. The screening begins at 7pm. After the film at 8.30pm, the filmmakers will welcome comments and questions about the issues raised, and a panel, including David Holmgren, will also answer questions. The evening will wrap up around 9.30pm.

There will be nibbles and drinks prior to the screening. Please bring your own cup/mug to minimise the use of recyclables.

You can pre-order tickets here.

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2 Responses to A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

  1. Patrick April 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Fascinating – would love to see it one day – the film that is.

    The premise of the call for us to live ‘a simpler way’ is founded on the assumption that we all value nature and each other in the same intense way.

    Increasingly I have come to understand that’s not the case. In fact, a feeling and sensitivity for nature and a compassion for human suffering can vary within a single household, nevermind across a community.

    Perversely this understanding has provided some solace. I feel a little less bewildered to be surrounded by such indifference.

    • Patrick May 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

      Good to see my comment has likewise been accompanied by the customary indifference too.

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