Book Launch of “Twelve By Twelve” with William Powers

 Book Launch of "Twelve By Twelve" with William Powers

Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream

Date and Time: Thursday, May 13, 2010   |   6:00 PM
Location: 220 Fifth Avenue (at 26th St.), 5th Floor   |   New York, NY – map



Demos and the World Policy Institute invite you to a book launch, discussion and reception with author and WPI Senior Fellow William Powers.

Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No Name Creek gurgled through Benton's permaculture farm, and she stroked honeybees' wings as she shared her "wildcrafter" philosophy of living on a planet in crisis. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton's offer to stay there for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended the eclectic neighbors–organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers–and discovered a sustainable but imperiled way of life.

In this new book, Powers not only explores this small patch of community but draws on his international experiences with other pockets of resistance. In what's been called the Walden of the Global Warming Era, this engrossing tale of Powers's struggle for a meaningful life with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift from the "Flat World" to an elusive "Soft World" with clues to personal happiness and global healing.

About the Author:

photoWilliam Powers has led development aid and environmental initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, DC. The author of the critically-acclaimed memoirs Blue Clay People and Whispering in the Giant's Ear, his essays on global issues have appeared in media including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Slate. He has been interviewed on programs including Fresh Air and Living on Earth and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Powers lives part-time in New York City. His website is

The discussion will be followed by a reception with the author.

To see a live webcast, visit You do not need to register to view the webcast.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to reserve a seat and ensure we plan appropriately and minimize waste when ordering. Click here to RSVP, or email

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