I have long thought that the pursuit of tiny houses goes beyond just wanting a cute little bungalow on wheels. I have toyed with the idea that it taps into some primordial human desire to nest and to stay somewhat nomadic at the same time. It shows our fascination with having things at our fingertips but in such a fashion that we can pack them up rather quickly and move one.

Tracing Little Digs Through History

Throughout history we have lived in huts, yurts, tent, teepees, shanty’s, huts, caves, etc. Only in the lsat 300 years have we tried to anchor down or “settle down” as some like to say. Even then – in our most agrarian state – we were ready to pick up anchor for more fertile grounds. We are an opportunistic people and our homes reflect that.

I don’t just wax poetic about this topic though. I have researched for a couple of years, talked to urban planners, homestead farmers, nomads, and some in between, to get a better sense of why little digs appeal to so many demographics. And in just one week at the Tiny House Jamboree Dayton Mini Jam I’ll be delving into this topic in a series of presentations.

While the event will largely be outside where visual media is rendered useless I still felt it important to put together a slideshow that would be downloadable after the presentation but also available to be converted into an online eLecture or ePresentation or whatever name fits it. Sometime after the Mini Jam I’ll have a join.me meeting or a limited participant Google Hangout. To my opinion there is great important in understanding the inspiration and the influence of the past in order to understand and secure both the present and the future.

Below is a snippet of the presentation. Keep in mind during the Mini Jam I will only be using this as reference to a lecture-style presentation. However, when offered as a join.me or Hangout it will be a guide throughout the topic.