Resource Guide for Right Livelihood

Design a livelihood

How can you design your work life so it is an expression of your gifts and makes a contribution to the world? How can you make your time at work meaningful?

True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

by Michael and Justine Toms, Bell Tower, 1998

How to make your work into a spiritually sustaining practice. Also includes a guide to starting True Work Circles. The guide is also available at:

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

by Laurence G. Bouldt Penguin 1999

In addition to typical career development material, this book tells you how to start a business, work freelance, establish a nonprofit corporation, manage multiple careers.

Vein of Gold: A Journey To Your Creative Soul

by Julia Cameron, Putnam 1996

Essays on the creative process and more than 100 tasks that involve the reader in "inner play," leading to growth, renewal, and healing.

Unjobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook

by Michael Fogler, Free Choice Press, Lexington, Kentucky, 1999

How to reclaim a life in alignment with your values - ideas, resources, and inspiration on how to do what you really want to do and still make ends meet.

The New Careers Center: Resources for Career Direction provides a variety of career development resources, including The Whole Work Catalog. Their web page includes links to different categories of careers; assistance in career planning and development; resume writing, job hunting and interviewing; colleges and alternatives; as well as a variety of videos.

1515 23rd St., PO Box 339-RD,
Boulder, CO 80306
(800) 634-9024

Bring Your Soul To Work: An Everyday Practice

by Cheryl Peppers and Alan Briskin, Berrett-Koehler, 2000

How to link your work life to your spiritual life.

The Late Bloomers Guide to Success at Any Age
by Susan Sully, HarperCollins, 2000

Filled with exercises and worksheets, this book helps you set a direction for yourself and start moving.

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood
edited by Claude Whitmyer, Parallax Press, 1994

Essays by Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Sam Keen, E.F. Schumacher, Gary Snyder, and others on mindfulness and ethics in the workplace.

Success Teams is an approach to setting and achieving goals promoted by Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft and Teamworks, and the subject of the public broadcasting production Creating Your Second Life After 40. Success teams are small groups of friends and associates who help each other achieve their goals.

flexible work options

Here's what you can do to negotiate a flexible work schedule that can help you balance your life. shows how to slow down a hurry-up lifestyle by negotiating flexible work arrangements at your current job. It provides assistance in receiving approval for telecommuting, job sharing, and a part-time or a compressed workweek arrangement.

47-370 Mawaena St.,
Kaneohe, HI 96744,

Shorter Work Time Group

Overview on who is doing what to move toward reduced work time.c/o Barbara Brandt, 69 Dover St #1,
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-5558

Shorter Work Time website links to related activities of all sorts.

Free Time/Free People Project is an interfaith movement that advocates reduced work time. Their "Free Time Free People Statement"was developed by an interreligious consulting committee initiated by

The Shalom Center, 6711 Lincoln Drive,
Philadelphia, PA 19119


Work Without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours for the Right to Work


Kellogg's Six Hour Day

by Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt Temple University Press, 1988, 1996 respectively

The effects on workers and community when Kellogg instituted its wildly popular 6-hour day during the Depression.

Running Out of Time: Time Pressure, Overtime, and Overwork

A one-hour PBS documentary on the history of time, work, and leisure from primitive societies to today; solutions to "time famine", including "downshifting",job-sharing, and shortening the work week. Hosted by NPR"s Scott Simon. Available from

Films for the Humanities & Sciences, PO Box 2053,
Princeton, NJ 08543,
( 800) 257-5126,

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure,and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer
by Juliet B. Schor, Basic Books, 1992, 1998 respectively

No, it's not your imagination. We really are working harder and longer; Juliet Schor (see page 17) documents what has happened to the American way of life. The Overspent American addresses the question, "If people don't like to be overworked, why do they put up with it?" Competitive consumption, debt, ad blitzes all contribute (see roundtable with Schor in YES! #6, Summer 98)


Unionize at work. Advocate for a living wage. Provide opportunities for society's have-not's - some ways to work together and make it happen.

Want to organize a union at your workplace? The AFL-CIO is a good place to start.

815 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20006,
(202) 637-5000

Fear at Work: Job Blackmail, Labor, and the Environment
by Richard Kazis and Richard L. Grossman, New Society Publishers, 1991

Shows the myth behind the jobs-versus-environment argument and how people are organizing for both.

United For a Fair Economy provides data on the division between have's and have-not's, a manual for living wage campaigns, a report on why paying a living wage is good for business, and more.

37 Temple Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02111,

National Jobs for All Coalition advocates meaningful employment for all as a precondition for a fulfilling life. Publishes articles and pamphlets on such subjects as social security, full employment, labor unions, and the under-counting of the unemployed.

475 Riverside Drive, Room 554, New York, NY 10115,
(212) 870-3449,


You can create a business that works for employees, community, suppliers, and the Earth. And you can avoid, to some degree, getting buffeted about by the stock market and the global economy. Here are some ways to build alternative livelihoods.

Center for Labor and Community Research assists labor, business, and communities in pursuing the "high road" - a participative and productive economy that enhances social justice. (See article on the high road on page 28).

3411 W. Diversey Ave., Suite 10,
Chicago, Il 60647,
(773) 278-5418,

The National Center for Employee Ownership, a nonprofit membership and research organization, provides information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee stock options, and employee participation programs. Their website includes links to employee ownership resources.

1736 Franklin St., 8th Flr., Oakland, CA 94612,
(510) 208-1300,

The ICA Groupis a national not-for-profit organization that assists those starting worker-owned and community-based businesses, and supports employee buy-outs of existing companies.

20 Park Plaza, Ste. 1127
Boston, MA 02116;

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) provides information on worker cooperatives, sustainable community enterprises, and grassroots economic organizing. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter, books, and directories, including An Economy of Hope, a state-by-state directory of alternatives.

177 Kiles Road, Stillwater, PA 17878,
(800) 240-9721,

In Business: Creating Sustainable Enterprises and Communities, a bi-monthly magazine featuring innovations businesses around the US and the world.

419 State Ave,
Emmaus, PA, 18049,

simple living

Reduce your expenses, cut your debt, live more simply, and you've got lots more options. Here are some ideas.

The Simple Living Network is a website that provides tools and examples for those who are serious about learning to live a more conscious, simple, healthy, and restorative lifestyle.

The New Road Map Foundation promotes financial integrity and financial independence as a route to health and social revitalization. Their best-selling book, Your Money or Your Life, coauthored by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, provides a step-by-step guide to getting your household finances in line with your values; many have used it to discover how to free themselves of dependence on a paycheck.

PO Box 15981,
Seattle, WA 98115

CarSharing.Network is a website on an alternative to owning a car, which is the second largest expense in many household budgets. Car co-op members pay a small membership fee and then only pay when they actually use a car. The website has links to car co-ops in cities throughout the world.

Carfree Cities
by J.H. Crawford International Books, 2000

The book unapologetically argues that modern car usage is an example of technology that has been inappropriately applied Ñ and that the time has come to reclaim city streets for human activity. The author has established an impressive website that provides resources for those interested in carfree living, and an email newsletter, Carfree Times.

Get A Life: How to Make a Good Buck, Dance Around the Dinosaurs, and Save the World While You're At It.
by Wayne Roberts & Susan Brandum, Get a Life Publishing House, 1995

A practical, fun, and radical approach to making your life what you want it to be while saving the Earth. Full of stories, how-to's, and contact information.

child care

How to Organize a Baby-sitting Cooperative
by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Carousel Printing, 1976

In a baby-sitting cooperative, a group of parents exchange child care with one another, usually in their own homes; no money is involved.

Urban Shipley's website includes a number of links to baby-sitting cooperatives and related resources. The site is also a resource for those interested in job sharing.

National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies is a national network of community-based child care resource and referral agencies. The association's newsletter, The Daily Parent, provides information on child development, tips for finding quality child care, and resources for busy parents and child-care professionals. The network assists in finding child care resource and referral agencies.

1319 F Street NW, Ste. 500,
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-5501

education/ volunteering

Learn a new trade. Travel the world and make a contribution. Get an education that prepares you for service. Here are some starting points.

Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Directory of Third World & US Volunteer Opportunities
edited by Phil Lowenthal, Stephanie Tarnoff, & Lisa David Food First, 1996

This guide includes more than 90 voluntary service organizations providing long- and short-term opportunities to serve and study abroad. It includes practical pointers on how to find or create the best service experience to suit you.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas provides technical assistance on sustainable farming practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, and links to farm apprenticeships for would-be farmers.

PO Box 3657,
Fayetteville, AR 72702,
(800) 346-9140

At the Action Without Borders, Inc. website, you can search 20,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150 countries for volunteer and internship opportunities. YouÕll also find a nonprofit career center, with hundreds of job and internship listings. Also, links to web resources for managing and funding a nonprofit organization. An excellent resource!

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6614, New York, NY 10118,
(212) 843-3973,

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance supports a new generation of innovators through information and advice on curricula designed to teach creativity, invention, entrepreneurship; intellectual property; and technology resources. (See article on eco-entrepreneurs on page 29.)

100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA 01035,
(413) 587-2172

University of Creation Spirituality

Matthew Fox's university is a place where people in various professions find renewal and a new sense of purpose. (See his article on page 34.)

2141 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612,
(510) 835-4827

Volunteer Match will match your interests with volunteer opportunities near to you.

Making a Difference: College & Graduate Guide, and Making a Difference: Scholarships for a Better World
by Miriam Weinstein, New Society Publishers, 2000

Helps you find college environmental programs, service learning institutions, and alternative courses within traditional universities. The companion guide provides information on scholarships for students interested in education for careers working for a better world. It also describes awards and fellowships for people (not necessarily students) doing meaningful work in the nonacademic world.

in-home businesses

A home-based business can save start-up costs, keep you close to family, reduce your commute, and give you the flexibility to try something new.

American Association of Home-Based Businesses provides a variety of resources, including newsletters, tip sheets, forums, chats, information on how to operate your home-based business efficiently and effectively, and the latest information on federal legislation that could affect your business.

PO Box 10023,
Rockville, MD, 20849,
fax: 301/963-7042

community exchange

One way to get free of the world of meaningless jobs is to do more outside the for-profit economy. Here are some resources for starting a not-for-profit company, supporting local farmers and artisans, and bartering.

Co-op America's National Green Pages can help you find green businesses; its Financial Planning Handbook helps you manage your money in socially responsible ways.

1612 K Street NW, Suite 600,
Washington, DC 20006

EF Schumacher Society applies the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues. The society helped to initiate an innovative local micro-lending program called SHARE; members authorize their local bank to use the funds in their savings accounts as collateral for loans to people who own or want to start local sustainable businesses. This organization is also a wealth of information on local money systems, community land trusts, and other sustainable local economic innovations.

140 Jug End Rd.,
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-1737

Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 272-4330,

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