26 episodes

Join Shawn Klassen-Koop, co-author of "Building a Better World in Your Backyard - Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys", for short episodes introducing ideas you can use to make a huge, positive, global difference from your own home! Prioritize comfort over sacrifice while saving thousands of dollars!

The Building a Better World Podcast Shawn Klassen-Koop

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Join Shawn Klassen-Koop, co-author of "Building a Better World in Your Backyard - Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys", for short episodes introducing ideas you can use to make a huge, positive, global difference from your own home! Prioritize comfort over sacrifice while saving thousands of dollars!

    Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here?

    This podcast series has been all about providing ideas and solutions for building a better world in your backyard instead of being angry at bad guys. This episode, the last episode of this podcast series, talks about where to go from here, how to decide what to do first, and how to spread the word so that together we can make a huge impact in solving the world's problems.
    To learn more about the book, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 9 min
    Episode 25: Strategies for Early Retirement

    Episode 25: Strategies for Early Retirement

    There are many paths to retirement. Some are more extreme than others. This episode explores strategies for acquiring a home without a mortgage, retiring early, and much more. The culmination is "The BEER Plan", which people might like for mysterious, subliminal reasons.
    To see more info about the book, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 14 min
    Episode 24: A Millionaire Life Without a Million Dollars

    Episode 24: A Millionaire Life Without a Million Dollars

    Most people spend their lives working at a job trying to get ahead, but there is another way. This episode shares the fictional story of two people and their life journeys that take radically different paths. One finds that they are living the life of a millionaire... without having a million dollars.
    More about the book can be found at buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 11 min
    Episode 23: Natural Swimming Pools

    Episode 23: Natural Swimming Pools

    A swimming pool is a symbol of luxury. It is entirely unnecessary. The energy and toxins involved are problematic. And yet, having a swimming pool can be a wonderful source of joy and relaxation. So rather than going without, let's build natural swimming pools that are cheaper, healthier, have a much smaller footprint, and add habitat for beneficial creatures.
    Check out the book at buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 15 min
    Episode 22: A New Sustainable Building Design

    Episode 22: A New Sustainable Building Design

    Imagine living in something that, from the inside, looks like a log cabin with more light; doesn’t need heat or A/C; is three times faster to build; and has about one-fifth of the materials cost. Building one's own home is not for the faint of heart, but this might be a path for some that could bring great rewards.
    For more about this topic, including helpful drawings, check out the book at buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 18 min
    Episode 21: Replacing Petroleum with People

    Episode 21: Replacing Petroleum with People

    Most people who talk about permaculture talk about small gardens, or maybe a small homestead. And a few people talk about larger homesteads. But how could permaculture work on 20,000 acres? This episode describes one possible approach. The key is that rather than pouring money into petroleum, we're investing money into people.
    For more, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.

    • 14 min

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