A couple of years ago I read and reviewed Samuel Alexander’s book Entropia, a work of speculative fiction about a utopian sustainable society. At the end of the book, Alexander added an invitation – if anyone wanted to help set up a little eco-village and try out some of the book’s ideas, they should get in touch. Remarkably, people did. With a handful of volunteers and access to a plot of land, the Wurruk’an community was formed.
They would live by permaculture principles, use natural building techniques, and try to live and demonstrate a simpler way of life over the course of a year. Would the book’s ideals work in practice? Or would it turn out to be a fantasy? There has to be an alternative to unsustainable and inequitable consumerism. Perhaps, as the film’s narrator says, “we just need to live it into existence”.
For the benefit of the rest of us, the experiment has been documented, and this is the resulting film. You can view it below, or find out more about it from the Simplicity Collective if you’re interested.
PS – for the reader, who shall remain nameless, who objects any time I mention Sam Alexander – if you know you won’t like the film, don’t watch it.