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Sarah Susanka | "Not So Big" Lectures :: Ethics Institute at Dartmouth Presentation & Discussion

s susankaSarah Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding—not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. 

Why is it that everything today is super-sized—from food, to housing?  What are we really looking for with all that excess?  This presentation takes audience members through the logic that led Susanka to develop a new blueprint for the American home.  She reveals that a better house is rarely a bigger house, and that when homes are right sized for the people who live there, it is also a more comfortable place to live.

But it’s not only our homes that are too big.  Susanka shows that almost everything in our lives tends towards the oversized, when in fact what we’re looking for resides elsewhere.  She reveals that Not So Big principles can be applied to our lives as well, bringing us greater satisfaction and enjoyment, just as they do when applied to our homes.  The two are parts of one puzzle, and right-sizing your life is in fact the first step in creating a more sustainable “you.”

Susanka will be giving two talks at Dartmouth on April 5, 2017  sponsored by the Ethics Institute and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth.

     12:00 Presentation and Discussion: “Reinventing our Homes and Communities for Aging Independence”  SOLD OUT! Limit 65. Registration required: click here.

     4:30 Lecture and Sustainability Solutions Café “Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability for Home, Community, and Life” at the Haldeman Center, Room 041. Free and open to the public.

The Norwich Bookstore will have books available to browse and purchase to be signed.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 4:30am to 5:30pm
Event address: 
041 Haldeman
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
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ISBN: 9780812976007
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Published: Random House Trade - December 26th, 2007

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Published: Taunton Press - September 23rd, 2008

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ISBN: 9781561586134
Availability: Special Order
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