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Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

Professor, Royal Roads University and Photojournalist

Phillip Vannini is Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography and Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He is author/editor of nine books, including Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada’s West Coast (Routledge, 2012).
Jonathan Taggart is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and holder of an MA in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University. He specializes in social documentary, editorial photography, visual advocacy, and visual ethnography.
Off-Grid Living: Voluntary Simplicity or Involuntary

Off-Grid Living: Voluntary Simplicity or Involuntary Complexity?

To go to the woods to live deliberately. To face but the essential challenges of life. To learn from raw experience and self-taught skill. To live simply, in a Spartan-like manner, in order to suck all the marrow out of life. These are the reasons why Henry David Thoreau moved to a cabin near Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. Many other seekers of a better way of life set out to do just the same today, all over Canada
06/25/2013 05:38 EDT
What Makes Food Truly

What Makes Food Truly Convenient?

Convenience stores are ubiquitous, somehow always accessible near us. The products they sell are generally always available, often worldwide, 24/7, and year-round. In contrast, off-grid organic food growth and consumption seem so inconvenient to be downright unbearable: foods are only available at specific times of the year, their growth demands patience and involvement.
02/22/2013 11:58 EST
Living Off-Grid: The

Living Off-Grid: The "Quiet Revolution"

At a time when jumpstarting a mob is as easy as creating a new Facebook group or signing the latest petition, any disinterest in political activism might seem just careless, apathetic, and even lazy. But the lack of an "off-gridders of the world" organization seems to me to speak to a completely different sense of involvement and an alternative way of doing politics. Our homes -- our grid-connected homes -- are intertwined to one another through extensive lines.
10/18/2012 05:19 EDT
Living Off-Grid in Ontario

Living Off-Grid in Ontario [VIDEO]

Follow along the journey of two off-gridders from rural Ontario as they demonstrate the functioning of a few domestic technologies and reflect on the off-grid lifestyle. In this short video Murray and Nan show you what it's like to live a life you might be struggling to imagine!
08/20/2012 12:07 EDT
What It's Like Living off the

What It's Like Living off the Grid

Living off the grid means many things these days. Some say they're "off the grid" if they go camping and leave their mobile phone at home for a weekend. Others think being off the grid is living like hermits and runaways, stuck somewhere in between a bush and a hard place. As to why people do that, well, we're taking two years to find out.
08/09/2012 05:28 EDT