A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

A feature-length documentary directed by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity takes us to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence far from the maddening crowds and stress-inducing cityscapes. Part of a 12-month experiment known as The Simpler Way Project, the inhabitants of this community all share a common commitment to social change and environmental preservation.

What does it mean to live simply? For this diverse group of conscientious citizens, it means that you reconnect to the natural world, conserve your resources, and peel back the extravagances, economic shackles and unsustainable definitions of success in the modern industrialized world. In their tiny homes hand-crafted from largely recycled materials, they seek the purity that comes from a return to the basics.

Many people believe that you don't know what you've got until it's gone, but this community has discovered that the exact opposite is true. Gone are the conveniences and accessories of present-day civilization - electricity, cell phones, and internet access - and in its place is the truest form of a social network. Some have left drudging 40-hour work weeks spent in the service of large and faceless corporations. In their new reality, they find everything they need in the natural world that surrounds them in every direction and through the support they find in their fellow co-inhabitants.

Their cause is grounded in more than just a desire for personal growth and experience. They see the ills of a dying planet and an overly stressed population. From their perspective, the next evolution of the human species will only be made possible by going back to the fundamentals. Green energy, farming and artisan craft making each play a major role in realizing this potential.

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity follows each step of this fascinating year-long journey, and it’s clear that every challenge faced by this close-knit community has opened a door to revelation. Upon the completion of this project, each of them will take these lessons of simple living back home with them and create a lasting change that reverberates to others.

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11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jigsaw 2500W

    I'm convincing my self that I must live much simpler life in my small industrial suburb. Less stuff, less tools, less time to waste on things. But you know, I don't have half of your power tools you are using just to build your simple eco-sustainable-natural life! An eFFFFing saw table to build a shed in middle of nowhere? Seriously?! No, seriously, you eco-freaks! I can build such shed with my bare teeth and fingernails.
    You are building the same industrial environment with the same industrial tools, just choosing different style.
    You want to know what it means to live together with nature as one? Watch documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. But I'm more than sure you don't want to live life like that. Because (with all do respect) you are just an eco-hipsters who wants to have some fun in your boring life. But to live completely with nature, it requires balls. Hard. Steel. Balls. Dirty fingernails and lot of scars. And it's not fun. Ask the guy (Leonardo) from movie the Revenant, if you don't believe me.
    Cheers, you earned two stars!**

  2. Bret

    Yeah, at 5:13 I see a bag of disposable diapers and a nice plastic toy car. So sustainable. Nice fiberglass insulation as well. Did none of these folks ever watch The Garbage Warrior and look into earthships? Christmas lights in the one place as well. Man, I can keep going on and on but no need to. These folks are getting the idea of being a minimalist mixed up with being sustainable. My god

  3. Sarah

    I love the idea of a simpler life but fear that education gets thrown to the wayside, I could never give up books

  4. Dylan

    Jigsaw 2500W, they used skidoos in the taiga doc, even the amish use plastic, not many people living 100% pure lives. I live off grid but use second hand power tools, why not? appropriate tech

  5. john smith

    Fine for you guys to be able to do this in a temperate climate, try this in Europe in the winter!
    Also there isn't enough space if everyone wanted to live like this.
    But I would be first to jump in if given the chance.

  6. Paul

    While I can understand the points made by those before me, that is the participants reliance on technology or in other words ‘all the mod cons’, the fundamental truth of this documentary is based on the words and the important message each person is making: i.e. the earth and most (not all) of life that is trying to survive and flourish is being constantly put at dire risk of collapsing under existing and expanding environmental pressures and wasteful consumerism of mankind. I would add that each person sounded sincere and genuine. Ok they do not have all the answers but this documentary is a good discussion point for debate and education. There are pros and cons to what in practice they are trying to achieve but through ‘human’ trail and error we cannot give up on the search for the right and best solutions.

  7. Renee

    The spirit of the people featured in this film restores my fragile faith in humanity.

    Also, the concluding statement made in the film was just beautifully and poetically said.

    Great film!

  8. Mark Gaboury

    Okay, this looked interesting, and the beginning was good. But 25 minutes in, and I can't take anymore of the ignorance. These people don't realize that they're in the first stage of building the very city that they disparage. They don't know that an electric car is less sustainable than a gas powered car. They don't know that the giant windmills rely on conventional back-up. Poor misled folks!

  9. Bethany

    I don't believe I heard them say that EVERYTHING they use is natural. Maybe the toy was from before they moved there? Everyone brought their own stuff. it may not be perfect but it's an difficult and impressive life style change.

  10. Paul

    "Eco-Hipster" LOL! I could only handle about 15 minutes of this silliness. This is not a useful
    model for anything. Google Helen and Scott Nearing if you really are interested in this topic.

  11. Tayla Joy

    "But to live completely with nature, it requires balls. Hard. Steel. Balls. Dirty fingernails and lot of scars. And it's not fun."

    If thats how your idea of community is, how you manage to find connection to the land and with other human beings - dude your doing it wrong. Its crazy how egotistical people can be about how they are hardcore for living in harmony with nature like its a competition. "I built my house by candlelight and with a rock I chiseled myself as a hammer - you guys used power tools what eco-hipster-wannabes"

    I think most of us can sit comfortably sit behind our computer screens and poke fun but I doubt many have actually under-gone living and existing in a community from scratch and have truly gone through the trials and tribulations and personal journeys that would come from that. I think this is an epic doco and i have mad respect to all of them that have lived that life coexisiting beside what would essentially be strangers on a barren and strange land. It may not have been perfect but what is in this world these days? I think whats important to not miss is the fact that they were out there doing it - learning and growing - living a better life than a majority of this world and thats what this world needs. So big ups to this. I give it 10 stars.

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