Jim Merkel

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Jim Merkel became dedicated to world peace and sustainable living after an ethical hemorrhage while designing and marketing top-secret military electronics.  Following the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, Jim quit work to begin an experiment in simplicity, limiting his earning, spending and impact. He traveled to Kerala. India in 1993 to study their sustainability achievements and returned to found the Global Living Project where five teams of researchers attempted life as global citizens. Jim has traveled, often by bicycle, searching for sustainable societies and documented his findings in Radical Simplicity – Small Footprints on a Finite Earth.

In an exciting new collaboration, Jim is joining forces to create a film with The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions who will serve as producer with Susan Jennings and Eric Johnson contributing to the film’s production. Award-winning filmmakers Deborah Shaffer and Robert Maraist of Fulcrum Films are contributing their creativity and skilled cinematography work to create the documentary film, The One-Hundred-Year Plan.

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To learn about Jim’s current cinematic collaboration with Community Solutions please click here

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