For most of my life, I was driven by the American Dream. A poor child with a big opportunity, I was determined to become an example of all it stood for. But it would be decades before I learned that we think about that dream all wrong.Read More
Having identified an affordable plot in Philly to build a tiny home on, I realize that evaluation can’t stop there. I have to address my reasons for this simple living experiment: autonomy, community and sustainability. With these values in mind, how might life in Philadelphia look like the one I have now? How might it look different?Read More
When I started investigating tiny living in 2013, finding a place to do legality was a major feat. But as I take a look at the landscape today, I realize that there are many more ways to evaluate a place for your lifestyle design.
Although I didn’t before, I started my Philly evaluation with a search of vacant residential plots at the local tax auction.Read More
When crowds of people shout their solutions in the midst of a problem, we get a cacophony of discord. But when they offer solutions supported by replicated data, we can form consensus and make change together.
Scientifically speaking, replicability—the ability to repeat an experiment with statistically-similar results—is how weRead More
Independence is a cornerstone of the American ethos. Its essence—separate, self-directed, unaided, flourishing success—seeps from the storied founding we celebrate on the Fourth of July to the self-reliant, bootstrapping moral imperative demanded of its citizens. This independence is a legend I overvalued for…Read More