About the blog
Make Wealth History is an exploration of sustainable living in the real world. The lifestyle of the western world is unsustainable – environmentally, economically, and socially. We are living beyond our means, and sharing the earth’s resources unequally. To restore some balance, we need to learn to use less, want less, and be more generous.
That’s a tall order, especially in an economic system that is based on the idea of constant growth, so I write about good ideas, wherever they may be found.
The title of the blog is provocative, so I ought to mention that I’m not actually advocating the end of wealth. What actually needs to happen is a re-defining of wealth – away from meaningless accumulation, and towards a broader understanding of what makes life really worth living.
The blog was started in 2007. In 2016 Make Wealth History won the Green and Eco category at the UK Blog Awards. In 2018 it was named the number one green blog in the UK by media agency Vuelio.
About the author, Jeremy Williams:
I grew up in Madagascar and Kenya, places that gave me a real passion for the environment, development and poverty. I wanted to write about these issues from an early age, and studied journalism, international relations and cultural studies to try and get a better understanding of them. I planned to return to Africa as a foreign correspondent, but found that my outsider perspective gave an interesting angle on Western consumer culture.
I work as a freelance writer, specialising in campaigning on social and environmental issues. I’ve worked with agencies including Oxfam, Tearfund, WWF and RSPB, along with a variety of business clients of one sort or another. My work is very diverse, and includes editing books, public speaking, magazine articles, and book reviews. I’ve made short films, written for radio, curated a couple of exhibitions, art directed two comic books, built many websites, and occasionally publish a poem. If you want to collaborate, drop me a line: email@example.com
I’m an ideas person, and I love to support new ideas and start new things. I co-founded the Postgrowth Institute, Transition St Albans and Transition Luton. Current projects include the not-for-profit creative agency Earthbound Ventures, Edible High Town, and Park Church, an experiment in outdoor spirituality.
I currently live in Luton (UK) with my wife Louise, who is a freelance radio journalist, and our two small children.
This blog tends to get some strong reactions, both positive and negative – some of which remain below. Before telling us what you think of us, you may want to read the Frequently Asked Questions, and the commenting policy.