easy town books

rethinking — well, everything

What I’d like to propose is to build a town from scratch and run it as an experiment. In the experiment, we would treat every aspect of life as a variable, as something we can put to the test, as something we can adjust until it makes more sense than our present systems. We would question every theory we know. We would question how we do business, how patients are treated, how the town is composed in terms of people, businesses, educational and cultural offers, or its layout. And we would try to find out whether we can’t do better if we use our imagination, and hang our complacency in the closet.’

book 1, beginning

title tree, part 2, easy town books

About the easy town book series

photo series, title images for book 1-12 and more, easy town books, by Charlie Alice Raya

The overall story of the easy town book series is simple: a town experiment is planned in several stages, the town is built, the town gets into trouble, and some of the main characters mess things up.

But eventually, the town emerges as an intriguing model on all counts: society, economy, environment and governance.

And the main characters? Well, they go through a lot.

While the book series tells the story of a town and of the characters involved in creating, building and running it, the stories within the story also include thought experiments.

In these thought experiments, the town serves as the playground, a playground where any question can be asked, and where any idea can be tested.

easy town books website, title image, by Charlie Alice Raya

easy town books from the start

book 1, beginning

book 1, beginning

or drafting a town experiment

by Charlie Alice Raya

Alice Adler, a Berliner, sets out to convince the US billionaire Tom Holbon to build a town experiment. The aim of the experiment is to rethink— well, everything.

book 1, beginning, book cover
quotes book 1

‘At its core the Easy Town experiment is about being curious, about trying out visions, about exploring and playing around with ideas, testing the limits of the possible, daring to try out the unconventional, questioning the inevitable, allowing for complexity.’

book 1, beginning

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book 2, travelling

book 2,
travelling

and we (still) need to talk about sex

by Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team build an international network for the Easy Town Project.

Travelling with them are the past, personal demons and unwittingly the issue of sex.

As each country adds something new and unexpected to the journey, Alice eventually concedes that the encounters and challenges along the way will shape the future of the project. Besides, she enjoys most of the adventures, and her recklessness gets the occasional field day.

book 2/1, travelling, book cover

Book 2, travelling is published in two books.

quotes book 2/1

‘How is Alice?’ Anthony asked when he and Jazz went for a break in the morning, coffee cups and wrapped sandwiches in their hands.
‘I think she’ll be okay. She’s not afraid to talk, or to analyse what happened. That’s good. Though, she has more things to untangle from her past than I expected.’

book 2/1, travelling, San Francisco

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quotes from book 2/2, travelling

People kept referring to the project as some kind of community thing. But it wasn’t. Easy Town would be an opportunity thing. Hopefully. An offer. Not a way of life where everyone has to sing Kumbaya, or where everything is predestined or controlled, or the same for everyone. But a place that gives people the freedom to be themselves, in a framework of a minimum of rules. Just enough rules to keep everyone safe, to maintain justice, to keep out exploitation, and to give jerks a good kicking in their arrogant butts.

book 2/2, travelling, China

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I called Devery earlier. Great listener, a huge bag of experience, and a sober mind (contrary to my present me mind). He managed to get me out of that self-pity pit. Said it’s always better to create something extraordinary than to waste your life in a safe bubble.

book 2/2, travelling, Berlin