The new site for Vicki Robin

Hello followers and not followers yet!

As of January 2014, you will find all my various interests – food, money, dialogue, comedy, community resilience – in one site. Please please please sign up there for the RSS feed as that’s where I’ll be blogging from now on. If you aren’t on my email list, sign up there as well. You’ll get notices of talks, classes, online courses and all other offerings, and probably those special discounts for you only (when I think of what they’ll be).

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Vicki Robin

Vicki Robin, a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker, is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Her new book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; what eating closer to home taught me about food, community and our place on earth (Viking/Penguin 2014) tells how her experiment in 10-mile eating not only changed how she ate, but also renewed her hope and rooted her in her community.

Called by the NY Times the “prophet of consumption downsizers,”Vicki has helped launch many sustainability initiatives including: The New Road Map Foundation, The Simplicity Forum, The Conversation Cafes, The Turning Tide Coalition, Sustainable Seattle, The Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey and more.

For fun, Vicki is a comedy improv actress, appearing frequently with her troupe, Comedy Island.

A far ranging money – and life – conversation with Craig Hamilton

I had the joy, privilege and challenge of speaking tonight via webcast to an evolutionary wisdom group Craig Hamilton hosts. I start with the environmental and social constraints of this moment, with how the money and financial systems sit in and fight against these realities and then went on to talking about Your Money or Your Life, collaborative consumption, community investing and a host of other things. I invite you to click this link and go for the ride with me. Let me know your thoughts.

Climate change and sitting on tacks

A friend recently told me that her building in lower Manhattan flooded when Hurricane Sandy hit. We tsk-tsked about Climate Change, but when I asked her if she’d move, she shrugged. Apparently not.

So many of us shrug. We worry. We write letters. We march. But our daily lives pretty much remain the same. This reminded me of a story we quoted in Your Money or Your Life about a man, a doctor and a pain in the butt. Here’s an excerpt – and do ask, “What tacks am I sitting on?”:

“Suppose that I, a family doctor, make a house call to see a patient with a pain in the gluteus maximus — the buttock. In the course of my physical examination I find that the patient is sitting on a tack. Continue reading