From the Archives — The Story of Stuff

Last night I was reading through some of my old blog posts. I’m having the crazy idea of compiling some of those posts into themes that I can share with others, teams, etc. It’s a bit like cleaning out an old closet. There’s a few things that can definitely go. There’s a few that are ready for repurposing. There’s a few that are deliciously distracting. There’s a few that stir, which is so often what I intend. Stirred consciousness, in a good human to human way, that changes how we are together in our varied settings.

One post that I loved was this video on The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard and a few others. This 20-minute film was released in 2007. The same principles animated then are keenly needed now. It’s informative. It’s painful.

We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.

The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

From their website, I appreciate the repeated call to a movement. Explore a bunch on their website. There are several “Story of ____” videos. I love the clarity.


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