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Ernest Callenbach (born April 3, 1929) is an American writer.

Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, he attended the University of Chicago, where he was drawn into the then 'new wave' of serious attention to film as an art form. After six months in Paris at the Sorbonne, watching four films a day, he returned to Chicago and earned a Master’s degree in English and Communications.

Callenbach then moved to California. From 1955 to 1991, he was on the staff of the University of California Press (Berkeley). A general copywriter for a number of years, he edited the Press's Film Quarterly from 1958 until 1991. He also occasionally taught film courses at U.C. and at San Francisco State University.

For many years Callenbach edited the Natural History Guides at the U.C. Press. He began to take environmental issues and their connections to human value systems, social patterns, and lifestyles just as seriously as he had taken film. He was heavily influenced by Edward Abbey. He is therefore known as an author of green books, namely as author of the ecological utopias Ecotopia (1975) and Ecotopia Emerging (1981). (While his novel popularized the term "ecotopia," it was actually coined by the ethnographer E. L. Anderson.)

In terms of concepts of human involvement with the ecology, as well as some of the economic and social concepts, the Ecotopia books are related to what is known as the sustainability movement. Callenbach’s Ecotopian concept is not "Luddite" ... he does not reject high technology, but rather his fictional society shows a conscious selectivity about technology. As an example, with its emphasis on personal rather than impersonal interaction, Callenbach’s Ecotopian society anticipates the development and liberal usage of videoconferencing.

Indeed, for all his involvement with print publications, Callenbach remained quite interested in visual media. Aspects of his book Ecotopia in some ways anticipated "reality TV" ... which emerged into recognition, and was given a label as a genre, 20 or more years later ... because in the story the daily life of the legislature and some of that of the judicial courts is televised in this fictional society, and televised debates (including technical debates concerning ecological problems) met a need and desire among citizens.

Callenbach has been a part of the circle of West Coast technologists, architects, social thinkers, and scientists which has included such luminaries as Ursula K. Le Guin, Starhawk (Miriam Simos), Sim Van der Ryn, Peter Calthorpe, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly, J. Baldwin, and John Todd. As with a number of these others, he has been a speaker, discussion panellist, and essayist.

Recently, Callenbach has introduced the story of a real-world community movement in Japan that is reminiscent, in its aims and practices, of his Ecotopian society. He visited Japan and investigated the Yamagishi movement. It encompasses some three dozen intentional communities founded on the same underlying principles: living an ecologically based integration of people with agriculture (pig, cattle, and chicken livestock rasing, and organic-vegetable and fruit farming), and living a social life based on principles of democracy, mutual understanding, support, and health. Each individual settlement is referred to as jikkenji (‘demonstration community for the world’).

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Total Books: 38
Ecotopia 40th Anniversary Epistle Edition
2014 - Ecotopia 40th Anniversary Epistle Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781597142939
ISBN-10: 159714293X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ecology A Pocket Guide Revised and Expanded
2008 - Ecology a Pocket Guide Revised and Expanded (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520257191
ISBN-10: 0520257197
Genre: Science & Math

A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament
2008 - A Citizen Legislature/a People's Parliament [Luck of the Draw: Sortition and Public Policy] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781845401085
ISBN-10: 1845401085
Genres: Nonfiction, Law

Bring Back the Buffalo A Sustainable Future for America's Great Plains
Living Cheaply With Style Live Better and Spend Less
2000 - Living Cheaply with Style Live Better and Spend Less (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781579510145
ISBN-10: 1579510140
Genres: Business & Money, Reference, Engineering & Transportation
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Ecology A Pocket Guide
1998 - Ecology a Pocket Guide (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520214637
ISBN-10: 0520214633
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation, Outdoors & Nature
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

Ecotopia The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston
1996 - Ecotopia the Notebooks and Reports of William Weston [Lernmaterialien] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9783150090305
ISBN-10: 315009030X

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work Explorations in Right Livelihood
1994 - Mindfulness and Meaningful Work Explorations in Right Livelihood (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780938077541
ISBN-10: 0938077546
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

Ecomanagement The Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business
1993 - Ecomanagement the Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business [BK Currents Hardcover] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781881052272
ISBN-10: 1881052273
Genres: Business & Money, Nonfiction

1990 - Ecotopia (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553348477
ISBN-10: 0553348477
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Outdoors & Nature
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Publisher's Lunch
1989 - Publisher's Lunch (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780898152883
ISBN-10: 0898152887
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference

Publisher's Lunch A Dialogue Concerning the Secrets of How Publishers Think and What Authors Can Do About It
Ecotopia Notebooks and Reports of William Weston
1982 - Ecotopia Notebooks and Reports of William Weston [Ecotopia, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553261837
ISBN-10: 0553261835
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Ecotopia Emerging
1982 - Ecotopia Emerging (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780553206869
ISBN-10: 0553206869
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The Art of Friendship
1981 - The Art of Friendship (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425054772
ISBN-10: 0425054772

Ecotopia  the notebooks and reports of William Weston
1975 - Ecotopia the Notebooks and Reports of William Weston (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553104899
ISBN-10: 0553104896
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

Ecotopia the Notebooks and Reports of Will
Ecotopia the Notebooks and Reports of Will (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553136234
ISBN-10: 0553136232

The ecotopian encyclopedia for the 80's A survival guide for the age of inflation
The Ecotopian Encyclopedia for the 80's a Survival Guide for the Age of Inflation (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780915904549
ISBN-10: 0915904543
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Ecotopian Sketchbook
Ecotopian Sketchbook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780960432028
ISBN-10: 0960432027
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

A Citizen Legislature
A Citizen Legislature (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780960432059
ISBN-10: 0960432051
Genre: Nonfiction

Okotopia Notizen und Reportagen von William Weston aus dem Jahre 1999
Okotopia Notizen Und Reportagen Von William Weston Aus Dem Jahre 1999 [sic - German Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783880220409
ISBN-10: 3880220409