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Lift Review: DVD Crash Course

DVD: CRASH COURSE: The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last. Chris Martenson

I think the title indicates two things: it's a "crash course" in understanding the massive problems facing us, especially in the fields of Economy, Energy, Environment; and if we act on this information we may be able to reduce the effects of the "crash" ahead.

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Lift Review: Changing course for life

CHANGING COURSE FOR LIFE: Local solutions to global problems


If you don't fancy reading about the world's problems in a 200-300-400-page book, try this one - just 157 pages. It will give you a quick overview of many issues, from the perspective of a writer who has worked round the world in many places and occupations. He seeks to ‘raise awareness of the need to build a dynamic balance between economic, social and environmental concerns.'

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Lift Review: The Great Turning

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THE GREAT TURNING: From Empire to Earth Community David C. Korten

If you're interested in finding out how things have gone wrong for the world, after it started out so well, and how we can lead the change to a better world, read this book.


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Lift Review: Small is possible

Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy

small is possible book coverby Lyle Estill.

Although it's set in the USA, in North Carolina, it's highly relevant to developments here in Lyttelton. He tells of a huge number of projects in the area where he lives, which have started as bright ideas, small ventures, and gone through setbacks and made great progress.And it's so refreshing to read a writer who lightens his fascinating detail with wit and irony.

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Lift review: Money as debt


A film by Paul Grignon  2006

Available as a DVD and on

This 37 minute film will appeal to all viewers interested in the topic of money, past and present - and may even bring some viewers to become interested though they never were before.


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LIFT's Reviews & Summaries

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 Wanting to read one of our great books but just don't have time?

Just ask Juliet for a summary, she has several available by email including:
  • "Blessed Unrest", by Paul Hawken
  • "Fleeing Vesuvius", by FEASTA and LE
  • "No More Throwaway People", by Edgar S. Cahn
  • "Sacred Economics", by Charles Eisenstein
  • "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization", by Thomas H. Greco
  • "The Future of Money", by Bernard Lietaer
  • "We the People", by John Buck and Sharon Villines