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Living Room Revolution — Cecile Andrews’ Latest

Posted on: February 19, 2014


Podcast #15 |

Cecile Andrews

Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation

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Cecile’s the author of. . .

The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (1998)

Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre (2006)

Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness (2009)

NEW! Living Room RevolutionA Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good (2013)

A former community college administrator, Cecile received her doctorate in education from Stanford University. She is active in the Sharing movement, the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative and the Transition Town movement, all efforts to build community and sustainability where they count the most, at the local level. She lives in Seattle and spends the winter in Santa Cruz CA, teaching in the Stanford Health Improvement Program and pursuing her passion for leading small groups to help change society.

“From things like and Meetups, we’re seeing a transformation in how our society gets things to change,” Cecile says. “The old ways don’t work any more. They’re costing us too much, not just in dollars but in our future, our children’s future, and the survivability of the planet.”

What needs to happen? “It all starts with local,” Cecile says. “And local starts with small groups, meeting in places like people’s living rooms, cafes, meeting rooms and auditoriums.

“That’s why I wrote Living Room Revolution,” she said. “I see, speak to and talk with lots of groups who really want to have an impact, want to see change. But they don’t necessarily know how to take their energy, vision and commitment to the next level.

Living Room Revolution is all about helping them move forward. It’s meant to be a step-by-step guide for creating and leading the most powerful force our society has ever known — the small group of committed people.”

Cecile’s available for consultations via Skype, Facetime, Facebook and online forums, as well as in person (wherever she happens to physically be at the moment!). Also by email at Cecile’s site is

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