Most of the writing I’ve done in the past twenty-five years is about finding better ways to provide essential needs like health, food, transportation, energy, building and community design; production and consumption of manufactured goods.

Fortunately, many brilliant minds are at work improving both the software and hardware of our civilization, and I’ve highlighted their inspiring work in my books and articles. Please have a look.  ~ Dave Wann

 

The New Normal

The New Normal predicts that in the emerging era, production and consumption will no longer be civilization – cultural richness, efficiency, cooperation, expression, ecological design, and biological restoration will be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Affluenza

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
affluenza, n. – a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Prosperity

Simple Prosperity explores 17 non-monetary forms of wealth, mapping a lifestyle that can provide twice the satisfaction for half the resources we now use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superbia!Superbia!
There are many great examples of NEW neighborhoods that are sustainable right from the start, but how can we make EXISTING neighborhoods more sustainable?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Zen of GardeningThe Zen of Gardening
Gardening is not only productive in terms of yield, but also meets human needs for expression, exercise, social connection, purpose, and leisure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reinventing CommunityReinventing Community
A collection of first hand experiences from inside cohousing’s unique neighborhoods, offering a glimpse at the personalities and dynamics that make them work. The first “report from the field” about how cohousing is working, written and photographed by people who live there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Books:

  • Biologic
  • Deep Design
  • Less Is More
  • Take Back Your Time
  • Log Rhythms

 

Selected Articles and Essays (from a total of over 200)

  • “Sustainable Simplicity,” Mother Earth News, February, 2008
  • Eight Great Places You May Not Have Heard Of,” Mother Earth News,
    August, 2007
  • “A Tool Kit for Dry Times,” Denver Post, April 28, 2006
  • “The Future on Your Street,” Denver Post, July 31, 2005
  • “Extreme Makeover: Neighborhood Edition, YES! Magazine, Summer 2005 http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1248
  • Waste Makes Haste,” Alternet, June 16, 2003, http://alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16173
  • “Waste Makes Haste,” Denver Post, Sunday, August 3, 2003
  • “Transforming Suburbia into Superbia!” Terrain, A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, http://www.terrain.org/articles/13/superbia.htm
  • “A Four-Season Cold Frame,” Organic Gardening, November/Dec, 2002, p 34
  • “A Recipe For Saving the World – One Bagel at a Time,” Cohousing Journal, Fall 2002)
  • “Five Ways to Stop Junk Marketing,” Denver Post, 1/27/02
  • “Reducing the Flow of Junk Information,” Denver Post, 1/20/02
  • “Real Survivors Get By Without Television,” Denver Post, 1/13/02
  • “Disposable Income Needs Rechanneling,” Denver Post, 1/06/02
  • “9/11 Raises Questions on Meaning of Security,” Denver Post, 12/01
    “Toward a Holiday Rich in Experience,” Denver Post, 12/01
  • “Test Tells Whether You Have Affluenza,” Denver Post, 12/01
  • “Organic Farmers Forge Links With Consumers,” Denver Post, 12/01
  • “Right Stuff Becomes Evident on Vacation,” Denver Post, 11/01
  • “Climb to Economic Peaks Induces Vertigo,” Denver Post, 11/01
  • “Investing in a Healthy Economy,” Denver Post 11/01
  • “Little Things Add Up in Saving Energy,” Denver Post, 11/01
  • “Affluenza: Too Much Stuff,” Denver Post, 10/21/01
  • “A Solitude of Community,” Denver Post, 10/22/01
  • “Out of Mind,” Denver Post, 10/23/01
  • “Civic Involvement in Need of Re-energizing,” Denver Post, 10/24/01
  • Summer 2000 through summer 2002, monthly articles on gardening for Colorado Country Life Magazine, Denver, CO
  • “Our Town: Identifying the Cornerstones of Great Communities,” Denver Post, 7/4/99
  • “Negotiating the Future by Design,” Whole Earth Review, Winter 1995
  • “Right Here, Right Now,” Environmental Action, Jan/Feb 1990
  • “Technologies That Fit Like Gloves,” Buzzworm, Nov/Dec, 1990
  • “A Burning Issue,” The Bureaucrat, Spring 1990
  • “Biologic, Designing Products With Nature in Mind,” Environmental Action Nov/Dec, 1988
  • “A National Challenge that Keeps Building Up,” The Christian Science Monitor, August 9, 1989
  • “Paper or Plastic, a Tough Choice,” Rocky Mountain News, 10/13/89
  • “Environmental Crime Doesn’t Pay,” Rocky Mountain News, 6/89
  • “Hungry Bugs Might Be an Answer,” Waste Age, October 1986
  • “Wheat vs. Ducks,” Denver Post, July, 1986
  • “Science, Corporations and the Common Man,” Bloomsbury Review, October, 1985
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