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How We Can (Really) Fix Our Crappy Economy


Last year I posted a video titled “The Story of Stuff,” featuring the inspiring and engaging Annie Leonard.

This video explained, in plain terms and with enjoyable animation, why our current consumerist paradigm is not sustainable, and why we ought to consider how our drive for “more” affects people around the world, the environment, global resources and our fellow animals.

The Story of Solutions (featured above) is the latest installment in The Story of Stuff Project‘s video series and moves beyond why we need to fix our economy into how we can actually begin to do that:

“What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?  Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

“Changing the goal of the entire economy—from more to better—is a huge task. We can’t do it all at once. But by focusing on game-changing solutions, we can steadily build an economy that values things like safer, healthier and more fair as much as we currently value faster, cheaper, and newer.”

These game-changing solutions will begin through making shifts in our daily lives and in the communities we belong to; through implementing common concepts like buying less and repurposing, reusing, recycling and simply learning to “share.”

“Things like bike share programs and online platforms that let us share everything from our cars to our homes get us off the treadmill of more, more, more; conserve resources, give people access to stuff they otherwise couldn’t afford, and build community.” – It’s Time to Replace More with Better, storyofstuff.org

Sounds like the kind of world I would like live in!  How about you?

 

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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1:07PM PST on Jan 14, 2014

OK I completely agree with the whole technology thing. PEOPLE theses days are STUPID. just like in the 70's gotta keep up with the Joneses.
yeah whatever. not me.
funny how the 1% companies drive the people who hate the 1%.

1:44PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Lynda L. Excellent observation, except we have a whole load of useless "crappy" and we're fresh out of "better."

1:41PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Don't fret "Mary B," they steal all the good stuff and sell it under the table to anopther blog!
Our crappy economy has already been fixed by our crappy government, our crappy bankers and real estsate snale oil salesmen, and every- crap;-headed-body who doesn't vote.
We need to put a crappy spell checker on this box.

8:15PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

It’s Time to Replace More with Better

11:22AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

This IS THINKING!

4:52AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

i wish i could earn extra money coz now i have no way to save on anything co i hardly have anything to pay for...

6:00PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thanks Alisa.

7:28AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Hey, Care2, where's my post? I posted last evening and it never showed up.

3:01AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thanks for the information.

1:44AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

When economic theory evolves from its post-Mercantile, growth is good (or growth at all costs), capitalist profit maximisation motive, "in the long-run" ceteris parebis (all things being equal) mentality, we might make some progress on production and distribution issues and realise that an ever expanding economy based on monetary value is not perfection and that things can be organised in better ways which take into account environmental costs and values. A wise man once said: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." (Marx, Grundrisse, 1858)

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