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VillageTowns - The Next Step - paperback 324 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. 2011
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About the Book: For 10,000 people, this book will be a life-changer. It proposes to call together ordinary (and extraordinary) people who find today’s cities, towns and suburbs fail to provide for a good life. If you want change, don’t complain; do something. This book shows you how to align your interests to create a VillageTown, a town made of villages that holds the authority and the means to fulfil its promise.
This book is the product of 25 years of research. It looked at timeless, proven patterns of human habitat, and then examined how advances in technology can enable people to take control of their lives by creating their VillageTown. It is the third in the book series, and it reflects the refinement of ideas that came after the first book - refinement that comes when the concept is presented to people all over the world and their views are woven in.
The photographs are in black and white to keep the printing costs down to make the book more affordable.
VillageTowns - the next step - paperback 323 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. Published 11 November 2011 (11-11-11).
The second edition (slightly renamed) How to Build a VillageTown is available in both hardcover and softbound. This book lays out the ideas in detail, illustrated with over 400 color photographs to show what works (and what doesn't). The second edition reflects the refinement of the ideas learned since the first book came out, not the least of which is giving the idea the name VillageTown. Buy the more durable hardbound copy and when done, write cafe copy on the cover, leave it at your favorite cafe.
How to Build a VillageTown - hardbound 248 pages 8.5" x 11" color cover, with over 400 color photos. 2010
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How to Build a VillageTown - paperback Same as hardbound (above) but with soft cover
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Life Liberty Happiness tells in story form what it is like to live in a VillageTown. Written by Claude Lewenz with cameos by Stewart Udall, biologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris and corporate anthropologist Michael Henderson, the book tells the story of the town planner for Blandville whose 50 year career of suburban sprawl approval hits crisis stage when they take away his drivers licence. Enroute to a retirement village, his driver stops for lunch in a VillageTown where he discovers the alternative to building more suburbs.
Life Liberty Happiness - paperback 234 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. 2010
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If you are seriously interested but cannot afford the books contact us. Do note that about $20 of each book goes to the VillageTown project. The author takes no royalties; the publisher takes no fees. To support our work, buy books by the case load and give them to every decision-maker, key-influencer and person you think can help make it happen. And don't let your own books gather dust on the shelf either. Pass them around, start a circle to spread the word, write cafe copy on the covers and leave them at your favorite cafe.
The home office in New Zealand has a few copies left of the signed, numbered first edition of How to Build a Village. This was a limited edition (1,500 copies) run primarily for workshops and conferences, and who knows, perhaps one day it will become a collector's item. NZ$71 including domestic post AU$90 including airpost to Australia. Rest of the world, enquire. Use Contact to arrange purchase.