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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April  2015
Events on April 11, 2015
  • Mother Earth News Fair--Asheville
    April 11, 2015
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Location: Mother Earth News Fair, Asheville, NC, Renewable Energy Stage
    Description: I'm looking forward to this one. My new book, Backyard Biodiesel, will be shipping, and I will be with my co-author Bob Armantrout. Should be fun. We'll make a batch of fuel on stage and take all questions from all comers...
  • Book Signing
    April 11, 2015
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, United States
    Description: This will be at Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville
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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."
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