We can have a better world and a more luxuriant life. without involving politics.

We can have a better world and a more luxuriant life. without involving politics.

About the Book

The list of global problems is massive and overwhelming. When confronted with such significant problems, our first instinct is to tell the bad guys to stop being bad. Of course, doing so would be on a rigged playing field. And for each person that actually does write a letter or confront the bad guys, there might be a thousand people that simply develop an ulcer.

We think the reason we see so many people angry is because they genuinely care. But they seem to get stuck at being angry. Some people spend a hundred hours a week for 20 years being angry and not much changes. We think that if you spend a tiny fraction of that time doing the things mentioned in this book, your global positive impact will be a thousand times greater.

For nearly every global problem there are solutions we can implement in our backyard that, at the same time, save us money and help provide more luxuriant lives. If a few of us do these things and bask in the glow of the opulence and extra cash, others will observe and think “I want extra luxury and money too! Not fair!” So they emulate. And on and on it goes. Then the global problems sorta just dry up and blow away. That’s what this book is all about.

Who is This Book For?


This book shows how real positive change can be made by taking action in your own backyard – without involving the political circus.

Money Savers

Tired of the rat race? The ideas contained within this book could have you on the fast track to retirement! Or it could just put a little extra coin in your pocket.


This book is filled with ideas that could become successful businesses focused on building a better world.


Each person can build a better world at home and live a more luxurious life! There’s something in this book for everyone.

Something for Everyone

This book is filled with tips and tricks for building a better world, regardless of whether you live…

In an Apartment

Whether it’s cutting your home energy footprint by 90% or eliminating household toxic gick, there’s some things you can do regardless of where you live.

On a City Lot

Reducing your power footprint even further, breaking the toxic water cycle, and starting to break the link between your food and global footprints can all happen in your backyard.

On a Rural Homestead

With this much space and the right tricks, we can actually cover not only our own footprints… but maybe those of 20 other people too!

When is the book coming out?

We hope to launch a Kickstarter campaign in early 2019. Sign up for the mailing list and we’ll keep you posted as we get closer! And you might get some sneak peeks along the way…

Who are the authors?

We have tried to be intentional throughout the process of writing this book in saying that this book is not about us – it’s about providing a resource for people to build a better world and live a better life at the same time. But as this website took shape and we asked for feedback, everyone kept wanting us to add this in. So here are a few things about us.

Paul Wheaton spent part of his life as a software engineer trying to solve problems that people said couldn’t be solved. In time, he felt he needed to dedicate more of his life to solving bigger problems outside of the software world and created permies.com, an online community that now has over 1 million visitors per month dedicated to building a better world in your backyard instead of being angry at bad guys. He also runs Wheaton Labs in Montana, a property dedicated to finding better ways to solve big problems and live a more luxuriant life at the same time.

Shawn Klassen-Koop spent the most formative years of his life working at a summer camp where he quickly gained a passion for nature and for building a better world. Struggling to see how his future career in computer engineering was going to solve these big problems, he decided to leave it behind and dedicate himself to finding practical solutions that people can implement in their backyards. Shawn looks forward to starting his own homestead in southern Manitoba in the next few years, where he plans to implement many of the techniques laid out in this book and come up with a few more solutions along the way.

Will this book be released as an e-book or are we talking about a real physical book?

Both! We’re even talking about an audiobook… Let us know if that interests you and we might make it happen.

Is this book just for hippies?

This question comes up often enough that it made the website. The answer is no. Our goal is to create a book that is filled with ways that you could live a healthier and more luxuriant life, regardless of your personal motivations for doing so. It just so happens that we’ll build a better world at the same time.