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William Powers on Living Off the Grid

From: Carnegie Council
Series: Green Ethics
Length: 25:14

William Powers discusses his life's journey, including time in Liberia and Bolivia, and a stay in a 12 x 12-foot cabin with no electricity or running water. It's all about learning to live sustainably and happily with less, as many societies do. Read the full description.

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"Advocates for Ethics in Business" is part of the Global Ethics Forum. The series explores the role of business in society and features experts who confront the ethics of doing business globally.

Transcript

JULIA TAYLOR KENNEDY: Welcome to Global Ethics Forum. I'm Julia Taylor Kennedy here with William Powers to discuss his time living off the grid in a 12x12-foot cabin and how that experience has changed his outlook on life.

Powers has turned his experience into a book, called Twelve by Twelve. He has also lived in Bolivia and Liberia as a writer and development aid worker. A Fellow at the World Policy Institute, he is accustomed to analyzing his experiences and thinking about them in context.

William Powers, welcome to Global Ethics Forum.

WILLIAM POWERS: Thanks so much.

JULIA TAYLOR KENNEDY: Let's start with your background. What drew you to becoming a development aid worker?

WILLIAM POWERS: It probably goes back to my parents. My mom was a Catholic nun and my dad was a priest. I like to joke that their eyes met over a communion wafer. But that's actually not true. They met at a Pet...
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Additional Credits

William Vocke- Producer, Program Director, Writer and Voice Talent
Deborah Carroll- Production Manager
Julia Kennedy- Content Editor, Voice Talent
Robert Smithline- Editor
Terence Hurley- Editor
Ina Pira- Media Coordinator

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