Many people use the words “learning” and “education” more or less interchangeably. But a moment’s reflection reveals that they are not at all the same.
Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some – seeing its ravages upon the planet – might think. Nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species.
Ivan Illich saw the ecological crisis as a genuine turning-point: a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rediscover what he called conviviality: "the autonomous and creative intercourse among persons and of persons with their environment".
Ancient Futures is much more than a book about Ladakh. Passionately argued, it raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the malaise of industrial society
The essays in The Unsettling of America argue that today's agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context, and is destructive to the lives of farmers and to our culture as a whole.
According to Mander, we are in the midst of "an epic worldwide struggle" between the forces of Western economic development and the remaining native peoples of the planet.