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“The Era of Small and Many”

Small and Many

I just read a very interesting article in the December edition of Orion magazine. It’s title, “Small Change: The Era of Small and Many,” attests to a tremendous transformation taking place in our lives.

Bill McKibben writes: “we’re moving, if we’re lucky, from the world of few and big to the world of small and many. We’ll either head there purposefully or we’ll be dragged kicking, but we’ve reached one of those moments when tides reverse.”

For the first time in 150 years, the number of farms in America increased, reversing the trend that took us from a nation of 50% farmers to less than 1%. The trend is evident right here in Sarasota where three weekly farmers’ markets and the proliferation of fresh produce outlets support the growing number of local farmers.

McKibben goes on to show similar trends in energy distribution, information, health care, finance and commerce, and suggests how local residents and leaders can “surf the wave of change.”

Although the giants who gained power under the bigger-is-better paradigm will resist the momentum of change, “all the money in the world can’t, in the end, hold back history. It’s heading toward something different and new and interesting. Or many many somethings, each of them small and beautiful.”

I highly recommend this article — very validating for those who have been anticipating this shift in our lives.

Small Change: The Era of Small and Many
Reversing the trend of generations
by Bill McKibben
Published in the November/December 2011 issue of Orion magazine