In the late 1960s, a young Colombian named Paolo Lugari developed what would become one of the world's most celebrated examples of sustainable living. Featuring a new Afterword by the author, this anniversary edition describes how Gaviotas has progressed over the past decade.In the late 1960s, a young Colombian named Paolo Lugari developed what would become one of the world's most celebrated examples of sustainable living. Featuring a new Afterword by the author, this anniversary edition describes how Gaviotas has progressed over the past decade.Read Less
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Gaviotas shows there is no limit to mans ingenuity. We can repair our world and live in a sustainable way. This seems to me to be the message Alan is passing on to us.
Sharing is a big part of the success of Gaviotas. Also, they have substituted 'the work place' with 'the joy place'. The people of Gaviotas have found a way to express their interests with very little structure (bureaucracy). Creativity abounds.
Read it; it will open your eyes.
Jan 10, 2009
A Tribute to Colombia
My mother is Colombian, and I was born in the U.S. I LOVED this book. Weisman is a great storyteller. I did not want it to end. I hope he continues to keep track of the city of Gaviotas in Colombia and publish it somewhere. Colombia is known for its cocaine production, its, at one time, top ranking as kidnapping country of the world, and its decades long civil war. What it is NOT know for is its potential and the ingenuity, intelligence, and inventiveness of its people. The book is a tribute to Colombia in spite of the really awful fact that it is known for negative things. The story tells of a city in the plains to the east of the country, a relatively barren land and the ecological creation that its people have invented out what seems like nothing. Led by a dreamer of a man who has managed to make his dream a reality, a group of people from the entire country, including native indians of the land, have created what we can call in this world, without much exaggeration, a utopia, in more than just an environmental sense, although this is a major emphasis of the project. Amazingly, the city has endured throughout the civil war's worst times. What struck so close to home for me was that I always remembered Colombia as an ecologically opulent place, although rough around the edges, a perfect place for inventers, dreamers, experimenters, and the adventurous, just like me, and the people in my family. If you want something already constructed, go to a first world country. If you want to make something out of "nothing," or, rather, to be fair, out of something lush with possibility, go to Colombia, but bring some guts, and some willingness to DO something!
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