Paul Hawken’s – inspiring, simple

I read this speech, given by Paul Hawken at the Portland University commencement address and it moved me so much I want to print it in its entirety here, lazy as that might be... Voila: "When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that … Continue reading Paul Hawken’s – inspiring, simple

Presentation about simplicity This is a nice presentation about simplicity, worth a squizz. However, there are a few key points that the author misses: The difference between simplification and simplicity. One is an attempt to take a DVD player control and make it easier to use. The other is a desire to design life in a way … Continue reading Presentation about simplicity

Ancient Futures

I’ve just finished Ancient Futures, by Helena Norberg-Hodge, a truly magical snapshot of a culture that has, until recently, lived in almost perfect symbiosis with its surroundings. It is a true manifesto for simple living, demonstrating how simplicity can and has brought about happiness in communities. It describes the balance needed to afford contentment and … Continue reading Ancient Futures

Sounds Familiar – talk to see in London

The current economic crisis gives us all an opportunity to rethink our priorities. What really matters in life? The endless round of getting and spending, or less tangible things - spending time with friends and family, a walk in the countryside, admiring something beautiful? The National Trust 'Quality of Life' Debates, in conjunction with Intelligence², … Continue reading Sounds Familiar – talk to see in London


Simpletom will explore and analyze the increased desire and need for simplicity in modern society. We’re continually tantalized by simplicity. Our banks, our supermarkets, our computers, our phones – each claim to offer us a simpler life. A life of one-stop-shops, single-clicks, free delivery, no-hassle purchases and ease-of-use… and yet our world seems increasingly complex. … Continue reading Why?