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Old 12-11-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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Voluntary Simplifiers Needed

Hi,

I am a student at Bournemouth University (UK) who has recently come across the Voluntary Simplicity movement. It has really interested me and subsequently, I have decided to write a dissertation piece on the subject. I am looking for some volunteers to take part in the interviews, which should last between 30 minutes and one hour. I can send you the discussion guide in advance, and any information you provide will only be seen between the examiners and myself. For participating I would like to give you something to show my appreciation, which can be discussed between us.

Many Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

Hannah Jones

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:34 PM   #2
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Please forgive my ignorance, but I have no idea what the Voluntary Simplicity movement is. Could you describe it in a sentence or two?
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:38 PM   #3
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No problem at all, voluntary simplicity is a movement where people escape from the 'rat race' and simplify their life cutting back on consumption. I only have a basic understanding and would not want to offend anyone but explaining it incorrectly, and I would like to gain further understanding of it myself
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Amazon.com: Buying Time and Getting by: The Voluntary Simplicity Movement: Mary Grigsby: Books

The concept of voluntary simplicity encompasses both self-change aimed at bringing personal practice into alignment with ecological values and cultural change that rejects consumerist values and careerism. While simple livers struggle with self-change, they work toward the broader goals of a sustainable global environment, sustainable communities, increased equality in access to resources, and economies aimed at human quality of life rather than profit.
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Thank you. Do you know of any participants to this movement?
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:10 PM   #6
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Thank you. Do you know of any participants to this movement?
Karl Heinrich Marx
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Fidel Alejandro Castro
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Thank you very much, but I need some volunteers who would not mind me interviewing them.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:23 PM   #8
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Karl Heinrich Marx
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Fidel Alejandro Castro
Now, now, let's not Soap Box this thing.

Besides, the word "voluntary" rules these guys out.

I just think of "voluntary simplicity" as LBYM on steroids.
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Thank you very much, but I need some volunteers who would not mind me interviewing them.
Besides, two of them are dead.
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Besides, two of them are dead.
2 and a half.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:58 PM   #12
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We practice voluntary simplicity and it's a very small movement in America. There is a very large movement growing rapidly in America called Involuntary simplicity.Kidding aside , the book "Your money or your life" probably started the movement and is an interesting read.
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Henry David Thoreau? Walden Pond if you want to get the soap box out.

heh heh heh - Didn't work here - when I shut off the electricity at old fish camp in Louisiana - there were some very colorful descriptions of what she could do with a cast iron fry pan once I fell asleep.

. My personal best was 12k one yr budget - early nineties. Never to be repeated.
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2 and a half.
Two and a Half Men is a funny sitcom in the U.S. Do you have a similar one in the U.K.?
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I think Two and A Half Men are more into the voluntary promiscuity movement, at least the Two are. The Half is still pretty young.
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Lenin and Marx are all dead, Castro is half dead.
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I think Two and A Half Men are more into the voluntary promiscuity movement, at least the Two are. The Half is still pretty young.
How is it that they find new volunteers in every episode? Never ending supply in Malibu.
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Welcome to the board, HJ, but I think you could do better with a more suitable (less wise-assed) forum:

The Simple Living Network

Your Money or Your Life

Main Page - Financial Integrity

Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate, occasionally drops by this board but has a blog here: Jeffrey Yeager || The Ultimate Cheapskate

Before Jeff there was the legendary (but apparently real) Dolly Freed:
http://www.f4.ca/text/possumliving.htm

Here are some thoughts from another thread on this forum:
Frugal living: when is it bizarre?

And finally, I don't know if this person is still free on her own recognizance, but she sets the "Hall of Fame" standard for deprived frugality:
Confused and scared
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:33 AM   #19
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Welcome to the board, HJ, but I think you could do better with a more suitable (less wise-assed) forum:

The Simple Living Network

Your Money or Your Life

Main Page - Financial Integrity

Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate, occasionally drops by this board but has a blog here: Jeffrey Yeager || The Ultimate Cheapskate

Before Jeff there was the legendary (but apparently real) Dolly Freed:
http://www.f4.ca/text/possumliving.htm

Here are some thoughts from another thread on this forum:
Frugal living: when is it bizarre?

And finally, I don't know if this person is still free on her own recognizance, but she sets the "Hall of Fame" standard for deprived frugality:
Confused and scared

Nords -

"but apparently real"? Nords, you can just ask my poooooor wife if I'm the genuine McMiser or not. She'll vouch for me. Poooor thing.

You know, I have a special device to keep anyone other than me from turning up the thermostat. My pooor wife calls it my "chastity belt" for the thermostat.

At any rate, she came back to the bedroom the other morning and complained, "Jeff! It's so cold in the kitchen that I can see my breathe!"

"Great!" I said. "It's cold enough now that I can unplug the refridgerator."

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