Why Would Somebody Want To Live in a Tiny House?

Tiny houses have been discussed as a means of dealing with Sarasota’s homeless problems, but they don’t stop there. Although several communities have developed tiny house villages as housing for the homeless, it’s not just the homeless who like the idea of tiny homes, as evidenced by popular television shows …

Would Tiny Houses Create More Affordable Housing in Sarasota?

In the midst of the more than 500 luxury condominium units that are currently in development throughout downtown, ranging from 300,000 to 4.5 million dollars, the conversation about affordable housing wages on. Adding in the over 500 apartments in development at CitySide in the Rosemary District, and other proposed plans …

Natural Capitalism Could Save Us From the Sixth Extinction

Natural Capitalism, as Hunter Lovins describes it, is a way of realizing greater value in people and nature than in financial profit, as is currently in play in what she calls “cheater capitalism.” She says that continuing on the course of the mainstream financial system and the degenerative process of …

Can We Overcome The Crisis of Civilization?

If you’re up for a good reality check, The Crisis of Civilization is a good place to start. Visually stimulating through the hodgepodge of animation, news reels, and stock footage, the film starts with the question of human violence, moving quickly into the realization that our industrialized system is not …

The Execution of My Year Without Money Wasn’t Perfect

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book Money, Sex, Power, and Faith: The Convergence of Culture. In the spirit of transparency, I must admit I often fail in my endeavors, and I tend to let people down. I spent my late childhood and adolescence in a fundamentalist Christian school …

Would a Standard Living Allowance Help Us Create a Balanced Economy Without Losers?

Considering this notion of entitlement, most would agree that every person is entitled to a living wage, yet in this ironic age of industry, we have made it necessary for each person to work for that wage as we simultaneously mechanize jobs and minimize the opportunity for employment in a …