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William Powers: Social Sustainability Colloquium, Nov 19
Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:00pm to Friday, November 19, 2010 - 3:00pm

William Powers 12 12 coverWHAT: William Powers will discuss his new book, Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin Off The Grid & Beyond the American Dream.

This isn’t a book about how-to-do in a time of environmental, social, and personal perils, but about something more important: how to be. How can humanity transition to gentler, more responsible ways of living - replacing attachment to things with deeper relationships with people, nature, and self?

Powers argues that you don't have to live in a 12x12 house to discover more inner joy and to contribute to global healing. Each of us needs to ask ourselves, “What’s my 12 x 12?”

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, November 19, 2010

WHERE: PSU School of Social Work, Room 620/630, Academic and Student Recreation Center, 1800 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, Ore.

COST: The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

CONTACT: Marion Sharp, 503-725-4876,

William Powers has worked in Latin America, Africa, DC, and Native North America and won a prize for environmental innovation from Harvard's JFK School of Government. His commentaries have been in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and on NPR. He holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. His books are Blue Clay People, Whispering in the Giant's Ear and Twelve by Twelve. He is currently based in New York City. Visit his blog,

This event is part of PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium, and is sponsored by the Social Sustainability Network and by the Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability.