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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

See Ya, Facebook

Jesse Michener | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jesse Michener

The endless scrolling, the incessant search for something new, the countless clicks and tangents that filled my spare and not-so-spare minutes -- like a forbidden fruit, its sweetness masked its poison as it pulled me farther away from living with intention.

Jesse Ventura: I'm 'Off The Grid.. So That The Drones Can't Find Me'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said he lives "off the grid... so that the drones can't find me" in an interview with CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Tue...

7 Places Where You Can Still Go Off the Grid

Vayable | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Vayable

It's easy to get caught in the hustle and bustle of the holidays around the year's end and become overwhelmed. After packing away the tinsel and holiday cheer, take time to yourself to truly unwind and enjoy real peace.

Put Your Cellphone in the Brown Paper Bag (I'll Keep Mine)

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Karen S. Exkorn

Sure, I put away my own cellphone while leading the sessions, but did I really buy into the concept of being off the grid for more than a few hours at a time? Recently, I was put to the test.

The Surprising Thing That Happened When I Lost Connectivity

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 12.14.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

What's the city equivalent of being stranded on a desert island these days? It's being without a landline, Internet, or television service. That was me last week, and I wasn't sure I'd survive.

The Simple Life: Off the Grid in Hilo

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.06.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

Kim, Bodhi and I moved to the Big Island from Honolulu four years ago basically to live more simply. We bought 9.26 acres of blank ag land in the middle of an old growth 'ōhi'a lehua forest. We went to the woods to live completely off the grid and to also like Henry David Thoreau, "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." For a year and a half we produced our own electricity with a small solar panel and a 12 volt battery, we caught rainwater for cleaning and bathing (cold garden hose showers), weekly filled an ice chest with blocks of ice for refrigeration and used a five gallon bucket for a toilet.

Flexible Grid, Renewable Energy Offer Hope for Future

Rhone Resch | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

What have we learned 10 years after the largest blackout in U.S. history? Well, for one thing, solar power and other renewables are more important than ever when it comes to our nation's energy security and grid reliability.

Why Rent? Off the Grid in a Mobile Home on the Alaskan Frontier

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
AlaskaDispatch.com

On a sunny day in Anchorage, a compact and time-battered RV rests at a pullout alongside Chester Creek in midtown. Perhaps it's a harbinger of summert...

How I Survived -- And Thrived -- On Less Money After My Divorce

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.27.2013 | Fifty
Molly Alexander Darden

When I saw divorce looming in my near future last year, I evaluated my life choices, realizing that my income would be reduced by 58 percent. Friends and family members assumed I would get a job to supplement my meager Social Security income, and they urged me to do so. But, as usual, I took the path of independence, carefully thinking over my needs and options.

Can You Really Get Off the Grid?

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

My husband and I are off the grid. We no longer own our home, and we are currently living in other people's houses.

The Reverse Commute

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

My advice to my daughters and to all young women out there is this: no one can "have it all" unless they are willing to change. The days of staying in the same job until retirement are over. We will all have to reinvent ourselves at various stages throughout our lives.

Incredible Photos Of People Living Off The Grid

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts

The radical back-to-the-land movement of the 1960s and '70s was built upon the ideals of self-sufficiency and self-dependency. You heated your house w...

Three Days to Save the Earth: Highlights from SXSW Eco

Milkshake | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Milkshake

SXSW Eco successfully brought together experts from the often divergent worlds of government, academia, non-profits, startups and large corporations alike last week, all with a common purpose: to talk about solutions for a sustainable world.

BriteSol Introduces Revolutionary Sustainable LED Lighting and a Business Model for a Brighter Future

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Jerry Cope

This week in Las Vegas a local company, BriteSol, unveiled the Holy Grail of lighting technology. BriteSol has developed breakthrough LED lighting tec...

A Week In The Life Of A Food Truck Organizer

Posted 08.09.2012 | Food

Food Informants is a week-in-the-life series profiling fascinating people in the food world. We hope it will give you a first-hand look at the many di...

Living Life Off The Grid

Posted 08.05.2012 | Green

Abe Connally and Josie Moores and their children, Leo and Nico, live off the grid in a homestead in the mountains of northern Mexico. From Earth9...

Anthonia Akitunde

You Won't Believe Where These Adventure-Seekers Found Their Retirement Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 08.04.2012 | Fifty

"We both lived in the city all our life. We just wanted something very different."

Solar Electric Backup for Disasters? Not as Easy as You Think

Dan R. Fink | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Dan R. Fink

Why not just cut that electrical umbilical cord from the power company to your home and go off grid completely, in the middle of the city or suburbs? Unfortunately it's not that simple, and not cheap.

Is There A Hidden Gem In That Horse-Drawn Buggy?

Charles Redfern | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Nancy Sleeth looks beyond the group's obvious flaws, learns from their attributes and applies their lessons in an entertaining, thought-provoking, refreshing, nuts-and-bolts manual for those of us who feel enslaved to the grid and our gas guzzlers.

Catherine New

This Man Has Not Had A Bank Account In 14 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

Josh Crawford, 42, of Squaw Valley, Calif., has not had a checking account or credit card in 14 years. But that has not stopped him from participating...

Aaron Sankin

A Small Victory For Food Trucks?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.13.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO--California Assemblyman Bill Monning's proposed bill prohibiting food trucks from vending within 1,500 feet of any elementary, middle or...