Daniel Sjöberg

is creating solutions for self-reliance



About Daniel Sjöberg

Back in 2014 I launched Walden Labs, an initiative where we together explore self-reliance, permaculture, and the beauty in small scale living. Resilience through decentralization and the fragility of our high tech civilization has been another big focus of mine.

Walden Labs is about spreading the knowledge and tools that help you produce, or in other ways secure, your food, water, shelter, energy, security and income.

Walden Labs is also the home of The Self-Reliance Catalog, a carefully curated collection of the best in self-reliance and resilience. It’s 100% free, and to date thousands of self-reliant individuals and families from all around the globe have accessed it.

The goal of The Self-Reliance Catalog is to help you know better what is worth getting and where and how to do the getting, whether that “thing” is a plant, a tool, a book, or even a design for a shelter.

Patreon is what makes Walden Labs and The Self-Reliance Catalog possible and what allows me to keep it 100% free and open to all mankind. By becoming a supporter of my work you become an integral part of our worldwide community and get access to the Patreon-exclusive feed.

Why Pursue Self-Reliance?

The necessaries of life for man…may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel; for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problems of life with freedom and a prospect of success.
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
In the end, if Henry David Thoreau taught us anything, it is that life is too valuable to spend most of it working to buy material stuff “which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal.”

The New Era of Self-Reliance Is All About Systems

The average 18th century woman spent a lot of her time washing clothes in the river. Hours upon hours of backbreaking work, sometimes in freezing temperatures.

You know what we do today? We put them in a machine, press a button, and we’re done. I’m not going to chop up a hole in the icy river this winter to wash my clothes, nor any other winter for that matter. And neither should you. That’s not what living “off-the-grid” is about.

Just as the washing machine has freed up immense amounts of time for women around the world – there are other kinds of high-tech, low-tech and entirely natural systems that can do the same thing for us and provide us with food, water, energy, shelter, and more.

The right systems, knowledge and tools can free up your time and make your life easier. This is what Walden Labs is about, and I’d like to invite you to join me as we explore this more abundant way of living, and build a better world for future generations.

If you choose to support my work I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you don't, I hope you still continue to be a part of this movement. The future belongs to our children. Let's make it great.

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