Gaviotas is a community in Colombia that exhibits, in many respects, what sustainability might look like. Over the past 30 years, a team led by. Gaviotas has ratings and 89 reviews. Karen said: This reminds me of Audre Lorde’s quote, The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Gaviotas is a village in Colombia, South America. of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World with an afterword by author Alan Weisman about how Gaviotas.

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September 3, ISBN: Retrieved from ” https: The political and economic alternative it presents is worth the read. Very good villagee, as it were. Oct 31, Bob rated it really liked it. Along the way inventing tons of inventions that can get the necessities for life and many clean power designs, mostly solar and wind.

Gaviotas : a village to reinvent the world

Jul 04, Christopher rated it it was amazing. This book flies in the face of pessimists grown frustrated with the status quo. At the center of this community is Paolo Lugari, a true visionary who recruits engineers, scientists, and artists to create, over time, a jungle society that utilizes its rain forests without destroying them, operates a fully equipped hospital and other services strictly through the use of solar energy, and fights off the challenges of the elements, the terrain, and the political chaos of Colombia.

Utterly fantastic book that transformed the way I looked at the world. Library Locations and Hours.

Aug 14, Ross rated it liked it Shelves: The most technical parts related to the technologies developed got me a bit distracted, I preferred the more poetic parts. I am very intrigued about their mission. Views Read Edit View history. The founder of Gaviotas explains that, because ‘utopia’ literally means ‘no place’, they were trying to create a topia instead.


Preview — Gaviotas by Alan Weisman. And, amid Columbia’s violent political upheavals, they did. While the village is largely self-sufficient, it regularly uses diesel fuel during certain seasons.

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Sep 12, Laurel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts. Nov 24, Jazmin rated it it was amazing. Too long winded, too many people appearing and disappearing for me to feel a real reinveht to them or the community that they were part of.

Apr 18, Tommy Estlund rated it really liked it.

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World

The United States Border with Mexico. Make this your default list. It has some inspirational parts, but also some parts that make you sad If you are so adverse to another language that you can’t be bothered then check out the Friends of Gaviotas site – http: Since already-existing solutions are often very costly to adapt, Gaviotas’ innovations are often simple changes to a means of production that make otherwise expensive products available at affordable prices.

I checked this out of the library but just went ahead and bought a copy to keep at hand for times when inspiration is needed. Very inspiring book about sustainable alternative ways of living in our society. More than 35 years ago, Paolo Lugari and a group of Colombian engineers and dreamers took a different approach and, beginning with a barren savanna, built their own sustainable community from scratch.

The community has produced a number of inventions and innovations over the years – notably including a children’s seesaw that drives a water pump and a “distinctive ‘sunflower’ design” windmill that is well-suited to the plains in Colombia. Though written in a circular and sometimes confusing style and with a plethora of characters that are only sometimes introduced this is a powerful and important story of the way a group of Colombians built and alternative sustainable community on the savannah surrounded by political unrest and indiscriminate violence.


Such an amazing book No trivia or quizzes yet. Jul 18, Mareana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Thanks to Shauna Sellers for originally recommending this book to me in Spring It’s written in a personal, light and deceptively easy style by Alan Weisman who included this A fine environmental success story: Engineers working on solutions, working with nature and not against it. Or how about the world’s first solar powered refridgerator?

Gaviotas really blew me away at the time, and was a keystone in helping to restore some of my long-term faith in humanity. While some of their creative endeavors have not succeeded, even the failures tend villafe spawn ideas for future successes. You’ll need to checkout before adding this pre-order item to your basket.

This took years and years to happen, but the results have restored my faith in humanity just a little bit. The people of Gaviotas today produce innovative technologies solar collectors, irrigation systems, windmills, and hydroponic gardens that use the environment without depleting or destroying it.

A Village to Reinvent the World, 2nd Edition. Vilkage page was last edited on 31 Julyat Reinvet real crisis isn’t a lack of resources, it’s a lack of inspiration. One thing I wish I had more of in my life is the ability to dream.

I loved Weisman’s Countdown: