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For over 20 years, Paul and Sarah – originators of the Elm Street Economy concept – have been advocates for creating healthy, balanced and fulfilling ways of living and working. They co-direct Let’s Live Local, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to prepare their community for a sustainable future. Let’s Live Local is recognized as a Transition Initiative. Paul and Sarah offer consulting and training to communities and organizations seeking to revitalize their community for a resilient, sustainable future.
Prior to their work together as authors, speakers and trainers, the Edwards enjoyed individual careers: Sarah in private practice as a psychotherapist and Paul as an attorney, CEO, and public affairs consultant.
Their ground-breaking book Working From Home, now in its fifth edition, was the first commercially published book about how to work from home. Always interested in major trends and how they will affect our lives, their 17th book, Middle Class Lifeboat: Careers and Lifestyles for Navigating a Changing Economy, released January 1, 2008, provides practical information for what individuals can do to address the growing anxiety about economic and ecological changes in the global economy.
The Edwards live in the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest. Sarah, as Director of the Pine Mountain Institute, offers counseling and online continuing education (CE) programs for professionals seeking to help clients deal with the practical and psychological challenges of today’s economic and environmental realities. She also has a private psychotherapy practice and serves as a member of the Red Cross Mental Health Emergency Response she helped to found, which is the first such team in Kern County California.
Together the Edwards also speak for organizations and associations about how to adapt one’s career or profession for a prosperous transition in today’s changing economic realities. They also speak and conduct workshops on overcoming institutional barriers to sustainability. Through Let’s Live Local, they have organized a wood pellet coop, an organic food coop, a grass-fed beef coop, and other localization projects.
The Edwards’ titles include: Working From Home (now in its fifth edition), The Best Home Businesses for People 50+, The Best Home Business for the 21st Century, Changing Directions Without Losing Your Way, Cool Careers for Dummies (1st and 2nd editions), The Entrepreneurial Parent, Finding Your Perfect Work, Getting Business to Come To You, Home-Based Business for Dummies, Home Businesses You Can Buy, Making Money with Your Computer at Home, Secrets of Self-Employment, Teaming Up: The Small Business Guide to Collaborating with Others, The Practical Dreamers Handbook, Why Aren’t You Your Own Boss?, and Making Money in Cyberspace, which received the best general computer book award from the Computer Press Association. Their books have been made into 4 audio titles and translated into nine languages.
Columns and Blogs
The Edwards’ print column appears in the Costco Connection. From 1988 until 1998 they were contributing editors and columnists for Home Office Computing magazine and until recently wrote columns distributed through the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and Entrepreneur Magazine, BYOB, and Homeofficemag.com. Sarah’s blog is EconomicWellbeing.com.
TV and Radio
Paul and Sarah have 20 years of radio experience, having hosted and produced Entrepreneur Magazine’s Home Based Biz Show for 6 years and before that, the Working From Home Show on the Business News Network for 14 years. They were weekly commentators on CNBC’s “How To Succeed in Business” and hosted the weekly “Working From Home television show with Paul and Sarah Edwards” on Scripps-Howard’s Home and Garden cable network, which ran for 4 years.
Spokespeople and Speakers
The Edwards have been retained by such corporations as Avery-Dennison, Canon, DuPont, Epson, Fuji, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Microsoft, Network Solutions, Northern Telecom, Okidata, Sears, Symantec, Xerox and many professional associations for speaking engagements. As spokespeople, they have appeared in nearly 100 U.S. cities. Sharing Ideas, the International Newsmagazine for Speakers, Meeting Planners and Agents, named them “Consummate Speakers for 1996.”
Paul and Sarah have been the subjects of scores of articles in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and Newsweek. They have been featured on television shows like the Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and Oprah. Paul and Sarah have consulted the White House. In 2006, they were recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Region IX “Small Business Journalists of the Year.”
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