Small Stories – Big Changes


A remarkable cast of characters inhabit the pages of this book. Meet Tim Toben, who developed a high rise with the lowest energy consumption of any building in the southeastern United States, was foreclosed upon, and lost millions in the process. Gary Phillips held the line against real estate developers in Chatham County and was run out of office for his efforts. Elaine Chiosso has been protecting her watershed by fighting on behalf of the Haw River for 28 years.

Unflinchingly honest and compulsively readable, Small Stories, Big Changes provides an intimate look at the personal experience of being a pioneer in the sustainability movement, laying bare the emotional, spiritual and financial impact of a life lived in the service of change. Activist, farmer, publisher, philosopher or entrepreneur; each writer has a unique personal tale to tell.

Small Stories, Big Changes is a book written by ordinary people doing extraordinary things; whose lives have been transformed by their willingness to commit themselves unreservedly to the creation of a better world. Empowering, hopeful and inspiring, this rich tapestry of voices from the vanguard of societal change is a must-read for anyone dreaming of a brighter future and seeking a counterbalance to a canon of work that is laced with doom and gloom.

paperback, 240 pages
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   September  2014
Events on September 21, 2014
  • Meet the Author--Lyle Estill
    3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
    Location: Durham County Library, 300 North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC, United States
    Description: A reading, and a conversation about all of my books.

    This was organized by Joanne Abel. Contact
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    6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
    Location: Workbar 45 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA
    Description: Carol Peppe Hewitt and I will be discussing how to build resilience in the community. This will be a wide ranging conversation: from feeding ourselves, to fueling ourselves, to financing ourselves. Should be fun...
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"Think local self-reliance is far-fetched in a flat world? Lyle Estill's Small is Possible shows how it is being done for food, housing, energy, finance, health care, and just about everything else communities care about. A seasoned entrepreneur and social innovator, Estill tells fun-to-read stories that are engaging, insightful and practical. This book is an indispensable resource for community organizers and economic developers alike."
Michael Shuman, author and economist