In Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., the problem of chronic homelessness is being addressed by a community of tiny homes. The housing project, called A Better Tent City, is funded by private donations. [Source: CBC, 23 Apr 2023]
Tiny House Talk with Greg Johnson (2 Nov 2019)
Greg Johnson of the Small House Society talks about the tiny house movement over the past 19 years. This event took place at the Public Library in Hiawatha, Iowa.
@TinyLivingHomes Amazing HD Music Video
The people at TinyLivingHomes.com have produced an amazing HD music video featuring their homes from all angles using what seems to be drone video footage. The song is I see fire (KYGO Remix) by Ed Sheeran. Enjoy!
Below is an image from the video.
Small House Society Featured by Fox News New York City
Presentation by Greg Johnson at Big Tiny House Event
The video below is a slideshow and narration by Greg Johnson that was presented at the Big Tiny House Event at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa on 25 April 2015. This is a later re-recording of it for those who missed the event or anyone wanting to review it. Click here for photos from the event.
T.D. Jakes: “Your big house is not going to make you happy… Peace and joy is in your heart and not in your stuff.”
A few days ago, the video below was posted to YouTube featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes as a guest on the Steve Harvey Show.
In the segment about finding happiness, Jakes states, “Your big house is not going to make you happy… Peace and joy is in your heart and not in your stuff.”
The conversation seemed to be related to simpler and smaller living, so we posted it to our Facebook page.
In just a few hours, it had already turned out to be one of the most popular posts to our page in recent months.
At the time of this writing, just a few hours after posting the video, over 3,000 people have viewed the post and there are over 30 likes.
Despite the apparent interest in the video (it has about 5 million total views in three days), three people were apparently offended by it, primarily due to criticisms about T.D. Jakes.
Comments included, “Doesn’t this guy live in a mansion worth nearly $7 million?” and “The hypocrisy is staggering, and this is pretty inappropriate for the list.” One person commented, “This from someone who’s parishioners have paid for his biggest house(s).”
Someone responded to these criticisms saying, “but he is saying a big house doesn’t make you happy and he should know!”
A simple Google search on T.D. Jakes and the word scandal produces over 180,000 results. That’s probably typical for any powerful high profile person today. Depending on your viewpoint, Jakes is either a villain or hero. If you’re among his 4 million Facebook fans, you probably think he’s a hero.
Focus on Promoting Smaller Living
There are people helping promote the message of simpler smaller living who may have views and motives contrary to ours. Some may be builders, bloggers, authors, and others in the movement for purely opportunistic reasons. Others may be public figures promoting a message of simpler smaller living. (We know little about T.D. Jakes’ personal life or where he stands on various issues.)
One approach would be to censor, silence, criticize, marginalize, and discredit anyone we don’t agree with, or those we feel aren’t ‘true followers’ of the movement.
However, the approach we take is this: If a builder, blogger, author, or public figure is promoting a message about smaller and simpler living, we’re going to consider them as valuable to our cause.
There are people who seem to be taking advantage of the movement by launching websites filled with advertising. Their primary goal appears to be making money on advertising, and they don’t seem to care about the movement. Others care deeply about the movement and are selflessly giving of their time and resources.
While at some level we care about people’s motives, ultimately if their activities are promoting our message, we’re not here to judge people, but to spread a message.
T.D. Jakes Impact
Years ago, when the Oprah Winfrey Show contacted us about a small house episode, we didn’t refuse to work with their team because Oprah lives in a big house. We didn’t start judging Oprah’s lifestyle choices. When prominent public figures with millions of followers show an interest in the smaller and simpler message, we support them.
T.D. Jakes has a significant following and impact through social media. So, regardless of whether someone is a supporter or critic of him, his message about simpler smaller living, is a message that is important.
Here’s a brief summary about T.D. Jakes social media reach:
- Facebook – 4.1 million followers
- Twitter – 1.8 million followers
- Instagram – 590,000 followers
- His church has 30,000 members, and thousands more support his events, online ministry, and movies.
So, if T.D. Jakes wants to talk about simpler and smaller living, that’s fine with us.
The Message and The Messenger
Maybe you’re someone who feels that you’re more perfect than the next person. Here’s something to consider…
There are plenty of broken and imperfect people in the world. Despite their failings or even apparent hypocrisy, these people accomplish much good in the world.
Sometimes an inspired and valuable message will come through an imperfect messenger.
In varying degrees we’re all imperfect and each have our shortcomings. We’re all doing the best we can to have a positive impact on the world. Let’s do our best to work together cooperatively and respectfully.
Microhouse Video by Portlandia Features Tiny House Satire
Today, for the first time in over 12 years we had a member leave the Small House Society. So, the Small House Society is now a little smaller. Here’s what happened…
In response to the above video posted to our Facebook page, Mary P. stated:
“this shot will definately get me to ‘unlike’ …. sorry … we all know IT happens …. I’m guessing you’re trying to build up your likes ….. if this is so …. then I, for one will have to say bye bye ….. seriously??? I’ve seen WAY too many other FB pages that actually know how to build a desk seperate from the toilet …. SHAME!!!!”
Mary left before we could respond to her.
We’re thankful to everyone for the lively Facebook discussion and many positive comments/likes in response to this video. For the few people, like Mary, who were upset about the video, we wanted to respond with the following.
This video appears to have been created by people close to the small house movement, and we assume it was not mean spirited or meant to offend.
It may have been created as a way of being satirical and self-effacing, or it may have been created as an effort to be mean and try to discredit the small house movement and tiny house dwellers. Either way, it belongs here as part of the larger discussion about simple and small living.
We don’t silence and censor our critics. To the extent that people have criticisms about the small house movement, we want to hear those criticisms, reflect on them, respond courteously, and work to improve what we do.
For this reason, in any movement, it is essential to become the authoritative source and platform for the criticism of your movement. Instead of censoring others in an effort to create a cult-like myopic sectarian strict observance of narrow dogma, it’s important to have a diversity of ideas, the ability to laugh at yourself, and recognize your own faults or areas that can improve.
This is the spirit upon which the Small House Society was founded, and in that spirit we continue.
Airbnb Let’s You Experience Various Homes and Locations
For anyone thinking about purchasing a home, or building one, Airbnb lets you experience a variety of homes, and even visit various cities for those seeking a new community to call home. The videos below offer an introduction to Airbnb. There are some wonderful tiny homes as well.
The video below shows how KLM airlines created an apartment in the sky.
Airbnb in Delhi
Nalin works in the software industry in Delhi. Hosting is one of the most fulfilling things he does, and he also enjoys being the guest on his various travels.
Hosts of Airbnb
Here are various stories about hosts of Airbnb.
Airbnb Events and Venues
Videos about special Airbnb events and venues.
In May 2012, an Airbnb guest, Cathrine, told us a powerful story of a trip she took to Berlin with her father, Jörg, a Berlin Wall guard at the height of the Cold War. She wanted to show him the vibrant city Berlin had become, but it was the man they met at their Airbnb apartment that changed everything for Jörg. Discover more at http://belonganywhere.com
The videos below share the Belong Anywhere story.
Grey Water Collection and Repurposing System
The video above demonstrates an incredible product that is pre-launch stage that harvests and distributes grey water and it is portable.
- Recycle water from the shower, bath and laundry
- No need for any diversion plumbing
- Utilizing specially designed and patented plug hole collection apparatus
- Twin pump design giving faucet pressure for recycled water distribution
- 12v rechargeable power pack –solar powered recharge as well as AC top up
- Includes all attachments for collection and distribution of grey water
- Collect, Transport and distribute to lawns and gardens with one completely portable operation.
An average household could save and recycle the equivalent of an average sized swimming pool over a year.
Meaning greener lawns and healthier gardens while maintaining reduced potable water usage!
I absolutely love this product. I will be signing up as a distributor if anyone would like to get put on a list when they are available.
Click here to learn more about the Gray Water Wagon.
The above article, written by Janet Thome, was reposted with permission from TinyPortableCedarCabins.com.