Gaviotas is a community in Colombia that exhibits, in many respects, what sustainability might look like. Over the past 30 years, a team led by. Gaviotas has ratings and 89 reviews. Karen said: This reminds me of Audre Lorde’s quote, The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Gaviotas is a village in Colombia, South America. of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World with an afterword by author Alan Weisman about how Gaviotas.
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Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World
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Gaviotas : a village to reinvent the world
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Lists with This Book. Feb 28, Karen rated it really liked it. This reminds me of Audre Lorde’s quote, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. And once the house is dismantled, what do we build instead? Using Gaviotas as a case study, it takes a whole lot wordl trial and error, and taking absolutely no ideas or assumptions for granted.
I think my favorite phrase from this book was along the lines of “This isn’t a utopia.
It’s intere This reminds me of Audre Lorde’s quote, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. It’s interesting that while the engineers and scientists were approaching technical problems from new and innovative angles, they were still replicating systems of oppression. It took community members without “sanctioned” education, youth, and to some extent sociologists to have a forum to voice their opinions and approach the issues with the same spirit of innovation.
This took years and years to happen, but the results have restored my faith in humanity just a little bit. Feb 07, Mark rated it it was gavioas Recommended to Mark by: It is funny how today we are talking about the energy crisis and 20 years ago people were already working on it.
The problem isn’t that there isn’t cheap renewable energy but that no one knows about it. Nothing shows this more than when the Colombian presidential canidate shows up and says “hey when I become president I want your solar panels on our building. And then good ‘ol Ronald Villaeg not only removes the panels from the roof but the funding and promotion of alternative energies.
Sep 12, Laurel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ina group of Colombians set out to prove that people could survive and thrive in a barren environment – in this case, the barren eastern savanna of their country.
And, amid Columbia’s violent political upheavals, they did. One of the most hopeful accounts of living lightly, kindly, and creatively on the earth I’ve read.
Brilliant ideas and persistent research led the community to total energy self-sufficiency. Nov 25, Gregory Tkac rated it it was amazing. Real people doing real work to solve real problems – we should all be as ballsy and inspired with our precious time here.
No matter what you think of Weisman’s writing style not a problem at all for me – I liked it and thought it helped keep a lot of information that otherwise might be overwhelming nicely flowingthis is an essential historical account of a few people taking big chances and the rest of us being much better off for it. Should be mandatory reading for all sectors of society. Th Real people doing real work to solve real problems – we should all be as ballsy and inspired with our precious time here.
This is the community website – http: If you are so adverse to another language that you can’t be bothered then check out the Friends of Gaviotas site – http: You’ll be happy you did Oct 31, Bob rated it really liked it. I gave it a 4 because I think learning about Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World is a very worthwhile read. Some have commented that the writing was weak. I think it was a difficult book to write since it was about a lot of people, technological changes, and broad spectrum of chronological changes.
I was fascinated with the success of the people in Gaviotas. I am very intrigued about their mission. The political and economic alternative it presents is worth the read. The following links pr I gave it a 4 because I think learning about Gaviotas: The following links provide some additional information about the village and mission – 1 About Gaviotas in Colombia https: I would encourage you to read it all and learn about this place.
It may well provide you some educational, social and eco-technological insights that could trigger your own involvement. Jul 16, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the arid plains of eastern Columbia lies the tiny village of Gaviotas, cut off from the outside by exceedingly unforgiving jungles, which also happen to be occupied by a bewildering variety of violent guerillas NOT gorillas. The book portrays a well nigh impossible scene there: But its not flowers and rainbows and utopian rhetoric Very good reads, as it were.
Gaviotas bears a faint resemblance to America’s Burning Man festival, i.
But there are significant differences between the two: Gaviotas is sustainable, practical, and features prominently in all sorts of UN Development Programme literature whilst Burning Man is an elaborate way for hippies in the richest country on earth to congregate, take drugs, and feel self-satisfied.
Aug 14, Ross rated it liked it Shelves: Gaviotas, the sustainable intentional community in Columbia, gets five stars. Worod Gaviotas, the book gets only three, because the poor writing style and neigh-inexistent narrative arc make it hard for the reader to build up any momentum. Readability aside, I agree with other reviewers here that the substance of the story is remarkable.
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman
The way that Pablo Lugari, the town’s founder, succeeded in building and sustaining this community in harmony with nature is an inspiration. Because the site began Gaviotas, the sustainable intentional community in Columbia, gaviohas five stars. Because the site began with few natural resources in the conventional sensethe villagers were obliged to live differently.
To everyone’s surprise but their own, they found that living differently could mean living better. Scarcity and resource restraints also compelled them to nurture and support their ecosystem as opposed to wirld usual take take takeallowing increased viability and plentitude over time.
Jul 18, Mareana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People with imagination and who desire to improve the environment. This book was amazing. It tells the story of an Columbian village that created a safe, self-sufficient, and flourishing community in the middle of not only a desert but a gorrilla military torn country. Ever wonder how hydroponic growing was discovered? Or how about the world’s first solar powered refridgerator? This book brings you step by step how these amzaing inventions were thought of and built by a village working together for everyone’s benefit.
This book will change the way you approach a This book was amazing. This book will change the way gxviotas approach any problem or challenge and inspire you create something great for everyone’s future. If you thought “An Inconvenient Truth” was eye opening then Gaviotas will inspire you to creatively do something about our down rsinvent environment. Thanks to Shauna Sellers for originally recommending this book to me in Spring Feb 25, DJ rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Entrepreneurs all throughout the world today are seeking to retrofit our bulky, inefficient city infrastructures to create sustainable communities.
More than 35 years ago, Paolo Lugari and a group of Colombian engineers and dreamers took a different approach and, beginning with a barren savanna, built their own sustainable community from scratch. Over the next few decades, ‘Gaviotas’ became the largest tropical reforestation project in the world and a hot bed of ‘appropriate technology’, years b Entrepreneurs all throughout the world today are seeking to retrofit our bulky, inefficient city infrastructures to create sustainable communities.
Over the next few decades, ‘Gaviotas’ became the largest tropical reforestation project in the world and a hot bed of ‘appropriate technology’, years before the term went mainstream. This is a must-read for anyone who’s ever seen the waste in their own community and thought we could do better. Even more, rdinvent is the inspiring tale of what kind of a community results when dreaming, hacking, and experimenting are encouraged and funded instead of suppressed in the face of the alluring but increasingly dangerous status quo.
Apr 26, Astin rated it it was amazing. This book flies in the face of pessimists grown frustrated villagge the status quo. Gaviotas is a topia, born in gaviotad savannas of Columbia where nothing would grow, and nobody cared. Surrounded by an austere environment, this topia survived the ebs and flows of political climate changes, the intense guerilla and narcotraficantes that have engulfed their nation, and has become a beacon that the world would do well to pay attention to!
Technology for alternative energy has been available for decades Wow. Technology for alternative energy has been available for decades! This book lays out how energy independence is possible, how the ingenuity of a few bright and curious minds allowed to dream can change the world, and how crushing blows and political nightmares cannot crush the human spirit at its best. Gaviotas is a community that shows the rest of the world what is possible. And it made me take stock in what really matters in this life.
Jan 23, George rated it it was amazing. A fine environmental success story: It’s written in a personal, light and deceptively easy style by Alan Weisman who included this A fine environmental success story: