Whether or not you are ambivalent about industrial capitalism, we can agree that keeping our resources local is a positive thing. Tom Eggert — Senior Lecturer in Business Sustainability at the Nelson Institute — will be presenting options and strategies for regular people to invest in local startups and other avenues in a talk he’ll … More Tom Eggert Talk on Local Micro Investing in Sustainable Endeavors, Feb. 28
Friend of the institute, Lynn L., recently donated two decades–worth of Small Farmer’s Journal to our lending library. Thanks to Lynn for her generosity and thanks also for reminding me to promote these community resources! Resource Library Our resource library can be accessed from any page on our website by going to the “Libraries” in … More Visit our Libraries, Both Tool and Book Varieties!
Hydropower has a mixed environmental record. Large projects like dams that impound entire rivers are coming down across the west, as their impact on fish hatcheries and other ecosystems is now better understood. Furthermore, in addition to carbon-free power, one of the benefits was supposed to be flood control, but we are now seeing that … More Small-Scale Hydropower?
We’ve gotten almost a foot of snow and are in for another dumping this weekend here in southern Wisconsin. It is a good time of year to take care of indoor projects but it is also important to get outside to enjoy the weather. It makes the long winter more bearable if you can find … More Making Wooden Skis — Video Link
Marie Kondo has been exploding across social media and the news since her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo was released around new year. January 1st is when so many of us try to start new habits, and the timing of this show was not random. Indeed, at this time last year, I read … More Marie Kondo, Minimalism, and Stuff
I do not like to simply talk about another article and provide a link to it, but this is critical for anyone who bends over (so that’s pretty much all of us). This goes double for anyone who weeds, shingles, chops, uses shovels, or otherwise engages in physical work with anything on the ground. A … More Save Your Back, Bend at the Hips
Google has a fun tool called Ngram Viewer, which counts and compares the relative frequency of words in books they have digitized. This can be a fun way to look at how language changes over time. For example, when did “United States” change from being treated as a plural noun to a singular one? If … More Fun with Google’s Ngram Viewer
The Low Technology Institute is located in the historic village of Cooksville, Wisconsin. Our village was recently the topic of the Wisconsin Life radio series on our local NPR station. You can read the article, by Norman Gilliland, on the website, or click the link below to hear the produced audio segment. https://wpr-podcast.streamguys1.com/wlf/wlf180207_Cooksville_Glliland.mp3 The Low-Tech … More The Village of Cooksville: “A Little Slice of New England” — Wisconsin Life
If you are at all interested in solar power, be it home heating, electrical generation, cooking food, or roasting coffee beans, Build It Solar has something for you. The site was started by Gary from Bozeman, MT, who began tinkering to improve his home and found a lack of organized information about solar heating on … More Link Worth Following — Build It Solar
The radio show Freakonomics recently spent a half hour discussing the pros and cons of lawns. They delve into the history of this now-too-common landscaping trend. I particularly liked that they pointed out the lack of natural parallel for lawns: the only thing that looks remotely like a lawn is a pasture after sheep have … More Link Worth Following — The Freakonomics of Lawns