Dee Williams


More and more people are interested in voluntary simplicity, tiny home living, farming, community building and social reform. But how do we summon the courage to change our lives? How do we leap toward what we know is good and true and right?

In 2004, I sold my big house and built a tiny house on wheels. I then squeezed my new 'home sweet home' into my friends' backyard. After 13-years we agree: on Day 1, we knew nothing would ever be the same again, we just didn't know it would end up so good.

How do we change? Here’s what I heard just before I started building my tiny house: “You risked your life, but what else have you ever risked? Have you risked disapproval? Have you ever risked economic security? Have you ever risked a belief? Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one's clichés.”
~ Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

Dee Williams has been featured on Good Morning America, the NBC Evening News, the New York Times, NPR, TIME Magazine, and various documentaries and books. She is a tiny home builder, teacher and author of The Big Tiny (Penguin/Random House). She’s co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings. Dee lives in Olympia Washington with her husband, and a dog that has chewed every pair of flip-flops they own.

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Portland Alternative Dwellings

The Audacity of Change
10:00 Community Vision Stage