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As a few of you may have heard, for the last 10 months Paul and I have been working on a book about building a better world in your backyard instead of being angry at bad guys. We've kept the project somewhat under wraps for a while, but today we decided that it is time for us to tell the world! Hello world!

The book process is moving along well and we are planning to launch a Kickstarter come January 2nd in order to help pay for all of the costs that come with making a book.

We have posted several chapters of our book in secret places on permies and there has been a lot of great discussion! If you are on the daily-ish email list you can see some of our content in the daily-ish forum and if you have PIE you can see even more content in the PIE forum. (Keep in mind you need to be logged in to view super secret forums like those ones.)

After far more iterations than I care to remember and discussions that took far longer than I had ever thought possible, we decided that this is our cover:



We also decided that we would like to share with you the current version of our table of contents! It's probably going to be tweaked a bit yet before we hit 'print' but I think it's looking pretty good!


Table of Contents

Dedication

Part 0: Introduction - A Different Approach to Solving the World's Problems

Part 1: The Problems
Chapter 1.1: Environmentalist vs. Environmentalist
    Section 1.1.1: The Wheaton Eco Poser Test
Chapter 1.2: The Wicked Lies About Lightbulbs
Chapter 1.3: Carbon Footprint
Chapter 1.4: Petroleum Footprint
Chapter 1.5: Toxic Footprint

Part 2: General Strategies
Chapter 2.1: The Wheaton Eco Scale
Chapter 2.2: Moving Way Beyond Recycling
Chapter 2.3: Vote with Your Wallet
Chapter 2.4: Radically Deviant Financial Strategies
    Section 2.4.1: The Story of Gert
    Section 2.4.2: Owning a Home Without Grovelling to a Bank
    Section 2.4.3: Early Retirement Extreme
    Section 2.4.4: Give a Gift to Your Future Self with Passive Income Streams
    Section 2.4.5: The BEER Plan
    Section 2.4.6: A Clever Recipe for More Luxuriant Living at Half the Cost
Chapter 2.5: Organic vs Local
Chapter 2.6: Vegan vs Omni vs Junk Food

Part 3: Within the Walls of Your Home
Chapter 3.1: REALLY Reducing Home Energy Usage
    Section 3.1.1: Heat
    Section 3.1.2: Hot Water
    Section 3.1.3: Lighting
    Section 3.1.4: Laundry
    Section 3.1.5: The Little Things
    Section 3.1.6: Physical Footprint per Adult
Chapter 3.2: More People Living Under One Roof Without Stabbing Each Other
    Section 3.3.1: "Obey or Else"
    Section 3.3.2: The Knives Are in the Kitchen
    Section 3.3.3: Dirty Cup CSI
Chapter 3.3: Toxic Gick vs. 20 Years of Your Life
    Section 3.3.1: A Better Cleaning Strategy Than Replacing Dirt with Poison
    Section 3.3.2: Going Pooless
    Section 3.3.3: Cast Iron Can Be Non Stick; Teflon Is Always Poison
    Section 3.3.4: Bug Killer You Can Eat!

Part 4: More Than Half of Each Footprint Can Be Resolved in a Backyard
Chapter 4.1: The Huge Link Between Food and Global Footprints (Vegans Too!)
Chapter 4.2: Double the Food with One Tenth of the Effort
Chapter 4.3: The Dark Side of Native Plant Enthusiasm
Chapter 4.4: 20 Things to Do with the Twigs That Fall in Your Yard
Chapter 4.5: Not Composting
Chapter 4.6: Solar Dehydrator
Chapter 4.7: Breaking the Toxic Water Cycle with Greywater Recycling
    Section 4.7.1: A Lifehack Greywater System
    Section 4.7.2: Building a Simple Greywater System
    Section 4.7.3: Cold Climate Greywater Systems
    Section 4.7.4: Become a Certified Environmentalist
Chapter 4.8: Harvesting Electricity in Your Backyard
Chapter 4.9: The Conventional Lawn vs a Mowable Meadow

Part 5: Counter the Footprint of 20 People on the Homestead
Chapter 5.1:How Vegans Benefit from Caring for Cattle, Chickens, Hogs, Etc.
Chapter 5.2: Replacing Petroleum with People
Chapter 5.3: Wrestling with Poop Beasts and Peeing in the Garden
    Section 5.3.1: Creating a Magnificent Jungle with Your Urine
    Section 5.3.2: An Exploration of Pooping Contraptions
           Subsection 5.3.2.1:Making Poop Jerky and Saving It for Later
           Subsection 5.3.2.2:Feeding Poop Beasts, Killing Them, and Building Stuff out of their Bones
Chapter 5.4: The Solutions to Colony Collapse Disorder are Embarrassingly Simple
Chapter 5.5: Destroy Your Orchard to Make a Food Forest
Chapter 5.6: A Building Design That Solves Almost Everything
      Section 5.6.1: Setting Our Design Criteria Extremely High
                Subsection 5.6.1.1: Straw Bale
                Subsection 5.6.1.2: Cob          
                Subsection 5.6.1.3: The Dirty Secret of "Sustainable" Building
                Subsection 5.6.1.4: The Joy and Heartbreak of Earthships
                Subsection 5.6.1.5: Prevent Wildfires by Building a Home

    Section 5.6.2: From Junk to Genius with One Simple Design Change
    Section 5.6.3: A Freaky Cheap Home That Doesn't Look Freaky Cheap
    Section 5.6.4: Using the Heat from Summer to Heat Your Home During the Winter
    Section 5.6.5: The Strict Definition of "Wofati"
    Section 5.6.6: A Modification for a Year-Round Freezer
Chapter 5.7: Natural Swimming Pools
    Section 5.7.1: Keeping the Water Clean
    Section 5.7.2: Avoiding the Ice Bath
    Section 5.7.3: How Do I Build One? Gimmie! Gimmie Now!

Part 6: Where do we go from here?

Appendix A - Tabular summary of solutions
Acknowledgements
About the Authors
 
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Too much fun you guys! Can't wait!
 
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Woooohooooo!!! Really looking forward for the Kickstarter!
 
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Wow, I am so excited about this! I love all the topics and it will be great to have all the info in one place.  I am looking for land right now and keep coming up with all these questions about what kind of home? What is the best way to......? How do I make this work...?  Should I do this..or that?  I think this will help answer some of my questions. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. Looking forward to the kickstarter!
 
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Is this an ebook or a real book? Will there be an ebook version? Thanks
 
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Super excited! Hope we don't all crash Kickstarter signing up January 2. We bought 7 acres a year ago, and still don't know where to start.
 So what's with the font size change?
 
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The BEER plan....lots of people can get onboard with that :)
 
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Wait...that's not what you guys mean?

Can't wait to get this book and find out!
 
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Thanks for showering us with love! It's exciting to think about how many people are excited for this book!

Jasper Tomas wrote:Is this an ebook or a real book? Will there be an ebook version? Thanks



The book will be available as a physical book and as an ebook. We are even talking about a possible audiobook if the kickstarter goes well enough.

So what's with the font size change?



Ugh. I'm trying to delineate between parts, chapters, sections, and subsections as best as possible within the constraints of the forum software. We'll make it look much nicer in the actual book. And, for example, instead of "Chapter 5.6" it might be something like "Chapter 17" ... but we don't want to put numbers in and then forget to change them in the hustle and bustle of getting everything finished.
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:

So what's with the font size change?



Ugh. I'm trying to delineate between parts, chapters, sections, and subsections as best as possible within the constraints of the forum software. We'll make it look much nicer in the actual book. And, for example, instead of "Chapter 5.6" it might be something like "Chapter 17" ... but we don't want to put numbers in and then forget to change them in the hustle and bustle of getting everything finished.



A minor observation if I may.

Don't do chapters! Use an outline format --'Topic 5.6, wood heat.rocket oven'  as an example. You are dealing with a topic that is highly dynamic and new approaches pop up that are better than old methods for the same solution. Show my age here, but the old World Book encyclopedias came out with a yearly update with the set. You might want to think along the same lines. I'll go even further. Do it as a compendium with a subscription update service:

* Outline format for easy updating. Page numbering contained within any given topic/subtopic.
* Formatted for loose leaf format, 3 ring binder containment.
* Errata, subscription updates, etc can be downloaded and printed and added/deleted to the set. If no printer available provide a service to do so thru LuLu.
* Folded purchased printed plans can be added to the set.
* Exceptional user content could be provided as part of the subscription update.

Essentially the FoxFire series as a author/user contributed ever last book.

As a geek I love epub docs, but there are times when only physical format works best.

Thanks for the consideration.
 
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John, thanks for your idea. I think it is an interesting idea, but it's not quite the direction we want to go with this project. Perhaps someday there will be a different project that this is a good fit for.

Thanks again for sharing.
 
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Paul and I recorded a podcast where we talk about the book:

https://permies.com/t/93241/podcast-Building-world
 
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I like the title and the cover. Contents look great too. I will post about it on my blog once the Kickstarter starts.
 
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Yes please I hope the funding is generous enough for an audiobook! Sorry to pick on the font size-I thought is was more to do with the subject matter. Maybe a hidden meaning.  The poop chapters were in the smallest font!
 
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Very Excited for this. I enjoy the cover as well.
 
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I'm in.

It seems the unique strength of this book, judging from the outline, is that it focuses on lifestyle, rather than just techniques or philosophy.
 
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I like John's suggestions. Modular is the way to go!
 
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Paul and I did a YouTube Live video where we talk about another chapter from our book:

Staff note (Shawn Klassen-Koop):

Here is the audio from this video mashed into a podcast: https://permies.com/t/97938/podcast-world-book-recycling

 
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If you like this sort of thing let us know and we might do a few more.
 
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This looks amazing AND funny. Congrats!! I have already posted a link on our town’s recycling page. The town wouldn’t pay anymore so so folks got together to create a new program. That has sparked more conversation about reducing in general. Looking forward to this book!
 
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Cool story thanks for sharing Stephanie!
 
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Love Paul's description of the humanure bucket walk when you have been procrastinating emptying. I had to make that walk many time and digging deep into the pile to deposit sucks when all you want is an empty bucket. I've now converted to a double chamber toilet, the second bucket is heaven when this problem arises.

Huge thanks to Paul and Shawn for this. Great stuff, keep em coming.
 
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Wait! This book is already available??
 
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Stephanie Naftal wrote:Wait! This book is already available??



Nope we're still hard at work trying to get it finished. The plan is to launch a kickstarter in early 2019.
 
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I see. I thought someone said they’d read a chapter. Well, excited!!!
 
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If you sign up for the dailyish (you can do so through your profile), you'll get access to a secret forum that has some chapters you can read

(And, if you get sick of Anne and I blabbling about permies threads, you can go back to just getting the monthly or weeklyish. Or, you can help us improve it! https://permies.com/t/73443/type-dailyish-Apple-Poll)
 
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Stephanie Naftal wrote:I see. I thought someone said they’d read a chapter. Well, excited!!!



If you scroll up there is a video of us talking about the current version of one of the chapters.
 
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