Small Stories, Big Changes
90 Pages

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Small Stories, Big Changes

90 Pages

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  • A remarkable cast of characters inhabit the pages of this book. Meet Tim Toben, who developed a high rise with the lowest energy consumption of any building in the southeastern United States, was foreclosed upon, and lost millions in the process. Gary Phillips held the line against real estate developers in Chatham County and was run out of office for his efforts. Elaine Chiosso has been protecting her watershed by fighting on behalf of the Haw River for twenty-eight years.

    Unflinchingly honest and compulsively readable, Small Stories, Big Changes provides an intimate look at the personal experience of being a pioneer in the sustainability movement, laying bare the emotional, spiritual, and financial impact of a life lived in the service of change. Activist, farmer, publisher, philosopher or entrepreneur; each writer has a unique personal tale to tell.

    Small Stories, Big Changes is a book written by ordinary people doing extraordinary things; whose lives have been transformed by their willingness to commit themselves unreservedly to the creation of a better world. Empowering, hopeful, and inspiring, this rich tapestry of voices from the vanguard of change is a must-read for anyone dreaming of a brighter future and seeking a counterbalance to a canon of work that is laced with doom and gloom.

    Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels and the author of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible, and Biodiesel Power. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to sustainability, outreach, community development, and leadership.

    Locations of contributors:

    Bryan Welch, Ogden Pubs/Kansas

    Anna Tazewell, Raleigh, NC

    Glen Estill, Lion’s Head, ON

    Nicola Ross, Alternatives Journal, Guelph, ON

    Gary Phillips, Pittsboro, NC

    Jessalyn Estill, NYC, NY

    Eric Henry, Burlington, NC

    Megan Toben, Chapel Hill, NC

    Tim Toben, Chapel Hill, NC

    Rebekah Hren, Raleigh-Durham, NC / Carbondale, CO

    Blair Pollock, Carrboro, NC

    Elaine Chiosso, Pittsboro, NC (Haw River)

    Albert Bates, Summertown, TN

    Jennifer Radtke, Berkeley, CA


    Mother Earth News: Bryan Welch

    Secret Agent to Change Agent:Anne E. Tazewell

    Sky Generation: Glen Estill

    On Sabbatical: Nicola Ross

    All Round Activist: Gary Phillips

    Good For Sale: Jessalyn Estill

    The Journey: Eric Henry

    Pickard’s Mountain Eco Institute: Megan Toben

    Greenbridge: Tim Toben

    More Questions than Answers: Rebekah Hren

    Doing New Things: Blair L. Pollock

    She Speaks for the River: Elaine Chiosso

    Finding the Others: Albert Bates

    Riding the Demon: Jennifer Radtke

    Conclusions and the Way Forward: Lyle Estill


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    Published 07 June 2013
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    EAN13 9781550925333
    Language English

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