Internship Reading List

Books that inform our approach to community

If you are interested in buying any of these books, you can follow the links of the covers. We get a small percetage of the book sales. It is a simple way for you to contribute to what we are doing. And we get more money to buy more awesome books!

Note: Below many of the titles you'll find a link to some quotes from the book. The reader is asked to remember that these quotes are presented, not as definitive statements about community in general or Windward in particular, but rather as points for later discussion.

Taking Lesson from History

Models of Sustainable Community

These books provide insights into about how three very different communities achieved a high degree of sustainability.

Without Sin: the life and Death of the Oneida Community

by Spencer Claw

Forgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy

by Bruce E. Johansen

Work and Worship Among the Shakers

by Faith Andrews

Technology and Community

"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it ... And then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied ... and it is all one."
-Nancy Jack Todd, a Safe and Sustainable World

These books go into detail about some of the key systems we're working on. Including passive-solar construction, integrated aquaponic greenhouses (sometimes refered to as "arks"), and the rediscovery of organic, regenerating village economies.

They are also informative of how groups that focus on building nifty technology often fail because of a lack of investment in the people who make up the community. We often say that we are looking to have technology in service of community, and not the other way around.

Solviva: How to grow $500,000 on one acre, and Peace on Earth

by Anna Edey

A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise Of Ecological Design

by Nancy Jack Todd

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Visions of Sustainability

Inspiration in works of fiction

"I like the fact that sci-fi is boldly willing to accept that things change. Sci-fi is the genre that considers that children will learn from the mistakes of their parents."
- David Brin

These books describe various visions of how a sustainable society could be created. These and others have served as the source for some of the concepts that have informed Windward's effort to build resilient systems in ways both technical and social.

the caveat given at the top of this page bears repeating here in that many of the intellectually provacative quotes listed in this section are from fictional works, and may or may not represent either the core beliefs of the author or the principles guiding Windward's evolution as an organization.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert Heinlein

Looking Backward

by Edward Bellamy


by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pillars of the Earth

by Ken Follet