Living Authentically And Simply with David Wann

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Continuing to consume excessively as a way of life is neither desirable nor possible, if we care about future generations. It seems clear that we need to alter our patterns of consumption in order to preserve and sustain our precious natural resources. David Wann suggests that if we change a few key priorities, many of our material wants will cease to be obsessions. "It's not just that we won't need the next generation of gadgets or clothes, we truly won't even want them," says Wann. Find out how you can live the "good life" by investing in what really matters - the wealth of time, health, meaningful work, and social connections. (hosted by Michael Toms)


David Wann is president of the nonprofit Sustainable Futures Society, consulting on energy efficiency, development of compact communities, and other aspects of sustainable development. He's a board member of the Cohousing Association of the U.S., which represents 100 American communities that are "neighborhoods on purpose," and a fellow of the Simplicity Forum, a national association of writers and thinkers on the topic of sensible sustainable lifestyles. In nine books, 25 TV programs and videos, and more than a hundred presentations and speeches, David Wann has helped define the meaning of sustainable lifestyles, designs, technologies, and policies.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How we can increase our contentment as we reduce our consumption
  • What is real wealth
  • Why storytelling will save us and the planet
  • Ways we can reduce our ecological footprint
  • How earth can be made into a sacred garden
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 2/12/2008       Program Number: 3239