Living Simply in a Complex World

UPDATE: Living Simply in a Complex World – Videos on YouTube are here: Part 1, 2, 3, 4. If you are interested in buying the DVD, please contact the people at

ORIGINAL POSTSusan Pitchford was in town recently, at the invitation of the Third Order Society of St Francis, and I was asked to video the sessions and handle the media. Susan is a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and also the author of Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone. She was invited to speak at the Convocation of the TSSF, of which she is a professed member, on the subject of “Living Simply in a Complex World”. And I have to tell you that the group of about 75 Third Order Franciscans ABSOLUTELY LOVED HER!!! American speakers often struggle to connect on a deep level with a Kiwi audience but Susan had an inherent humility that bordered on self-depreciation (but balanced and non-flagellent, for you hard-core monks who are reading this ) and she seemed like very approachable, almost Kiwi-like, in her manner. Which is why I think you will like her presentation.

There are 4 videos to view and I will put links to them all here, eventually, as well as the podcasts I hope to rip in a few days. You can also get your hands on the DVD that is being produced from the TSSF. But for now, check out the first session of Susan Pitchford on Living Simply. 

And I am doing the cover art for the DVD also. This is kind of how it looks so far.

Living simply susan pitchford cover


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Gary Manders says:

    Thanks Andrew for sharing this video. I’m looking forward to the the others. I am most definately a Franciscan and fan of Susan Pitchford.

  • lila says:

    would be cool, if you could write in where people speak without a mic… it’s really hard to understand them or impossible – but good work 🙂

  • Martin says:

    Thanks for the heads up! I’ve devoured Following Francis and I can’t wait to see the rest of the videos….

  • Martin says:

    Just wanted to ask when to expect the other videos or the DVD…

  • Andrew says:

    Hi Martin. i just added the youtube addresses to the top of this post in an update as well as the email address to order a DVD.

  • Martin says:

    Great, Thanks so much!

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