PRESS RELEASE — Friday, November 22, 2013
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In an encore presentation of DIALOGUE, host Marcia Franklin discusses the “voluntary simplicity” movement with Idaho native and writer Duane Elgin, who helped foster the movement more than 30 years ago when he authored a book about it. “Living Simply” airs Friday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT and repeats Sunday, December 1, at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT.
Franklin's other guest is Karen Lanphear, the co-founder of the Sandpoint Transition Initiative, which aims to create a more sustainable economy in that north Idaho community.
Elgin, who grew up in Wilder and graduated from the College of Idaho, went on to receive an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. While working at SRI, a research institute in California, he began thinking and writing about the future. His interest in human behavior and ecology led him to author Voluntary Simplicity in 1981. The book advocates that humans should reduce their materialism and consumption and tries to dispel what Elgin feels are myths about the simplicity movement. Elgin went on to write several other books about sustainability and is a frequent speaker on the issue.
Due in part to Lanphear's efforts, Sandpoint became the second city in the United States to become a Transition Town, after Boulder, Colorado. Ketchum was the third transition town in America. Cities that belong to the movement set up working groups that encourage a variety of activities, including using sustainable building materials, recycling, developing community gardens and buying locally.View or listen to DIALOGUE episodes in a variety of formats: