Sash MilneI knew it instantly: she's my kind of people (and probably yours, too).

Sash Milne knows how to rapidly connect community with simplicity and is practically living in my vision for SimpleREV.

Consume less. Share more. Be intentional everywhere and at all times. Treat people as humans, not potential transactions.

I tell ya, I was overwhelmed with gratitude after watching her ABC Open interview and reading her related blog post. I mean, she gets straight to the heart of what's important – to the simple-living movement and timeless community-building efforts – when she wrote:

A community is a place where the desire to share is greater than the desire to own. – Sash Milne

So I watched her TED Talk (and might have physically cheered at one point). I listened to other interviews and curated gems like this:

The Economy of Human Connection is about putting the needs of people before the importance of the profit we can make from them … Instead of [asking], ‘How much money can I make from this, or how much money am I going to save from this?' think, ‘Who can I help by doing this or how is this going to bring me closer to my community?' – Sash Milne

I could weave a rich tapestry with all of Sash's quotes.

If you want to change [the world], you have to do it where you live. – Sash Milne

But I'd rather you hear from this pillar of simplifying, organizing, and mesmerizing yourself.

Connect with people before you connect with their product. – Sash Milne

I'm not sure what else to say other than “Just click play.” You, my friend, are in for a treat!

You're about to Learn …

  • How to break down the new, hidden barriers to human connection.
  • Why you have to act locally to be felt globally.
  • What the “Economy of Human Connection” is and how to participate.
  • How the invisible walls of privilege can come crashing down.
  • How self-service checkout machines eat away at community.
  • Some basic, fundamental ways to connect with anyone (even strangers).
  • How a challenge to buy nothing new turned into a community-building project.
  • How consuming things became more important than genuine connection.
  • Why permaculture principles grow – almost by default – generous, humble people.
  • When and why time banks are better than “bank banks.”
  • How to travel in a place instead of through.



Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:


  • [06:16] Sash's seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:46] How traveling through India and living in Indonesia changed Sash
  • [16:07] Culture shock and gaining the trust of a foreign community
  • [21:07] Big changes as Sash moved back to Australia with her baby
  • [25:28] The origins of Nothing New project and how it evolved
  • [31:41] Pay what you want garage sales and alternative economies
  • [35:49] The Economy of Human Connection
  • [41:33] Why and how to use time banks
  • [48:34] Where to find Sash online

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Big ol' thanks to Tyler Lawing for his support of the show and how brave he's been with his new blog, Mostly Minimal.

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