12 Post Growth Themed Books and Films

Get to know the myriad manifestations of a wellbeing economy in this list of recommendations from the PGI team.

1. Smart Growth Jon Reeds

2. About a Mountain by John D’Agata

3. The Subsistence Perspective, by Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen and Maria Mies

4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

5. Blossoms of Fire (film) by Maureen Gosling

6. The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

7. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

8. Mindwalk (film) by Bernt Amadeus Capra

8. The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Build Community by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow

This is an easy-to-follow guide for easy-to-implement possibilities. The premise is positive and very simple: Finding ways to incorporate sharing into our lives in informal and formal ways can connect us with others, save us money, and help us live more sustainably. The authors, who are both attorneys, have written the book as a very clear how-to guide including worksheets, agreements, questionnaires, and other practical tools. It has dedicated sections on sharing things such as housing, tasks, food, child- and -pet-care, and transportation. With such concrete recommendations, it is a refreshing read within a school of thought that is often heavily weighted with critique. — Janet Newbury

9. Anthill by E. O. Wilson

10. The Bridge at the End of the World by James G. Speth

11. The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry would probably disapprove of the fact that my first contact with him was when a friend whipped out his iPhone to play me a recording of one of his speeches. Berry is chiefly a writer, but his enjoyment of the physicality of the written word leads him to orate, as well as famously continue the practice of writing by hand. His reasons for such “Luddite” behaviour are outlined in this book of essays. Berry grew up in a farming community in the U.S. state of Kentucky, left as an adult, and then returned. Like many people who have grown up “on the land,” he’s spent a lot of time thinking about the value of place-based community.

12. Peoplequake by Fred Pearce

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