Just buy less

Well I’m back from holiday – just about to offset in case anyone wonders. Caught up on some reading and will post some link and mini reviews in due course. In my absence, I’ve been sent some links to some really interesting articles, first up is this one from the Guardian by Jonathan Porritt. It’s a must read.

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Consuming People

Just trying to catch up on some reading and came across this quote in Youthwork from comedian Russell Brand: “I’ve tried long-term relationships but I’ve got a fast-moving internal mechanism. There’s a tyranny of choice, endless options. You buy loads of washing machines, cars, jeans – why not consume people in the same way?” So how would you answer that?

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Book Review: Kingdom Come

Back 24 hours from a week long visit to the Ukraine (I’ll post more about the trip, photos and projects some other time as the inevitable catching up process begins) and now it’s time to post a few things on this blog before I go away again, this time on a much anticipated holiday to Cuba. Any trip that involves sitting around at airports and flights with no movies presents an excellent opportunity to catch up on some reading, so having devoured a copy of both Newsweek and the Economist,…

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Consumerism the alternative to Church

Once again my probing into the virtual world is only skin deep and I pick something up from the BBC. In this story they report a survey done by Tearfund (excellent charity by the way) that only 1 in 10 Britons attend church on a regular basis, nothing hugely surprising there. However in the BBC article the Reverend Lynda Barley, head of research and statistics for the Church of England Archbishops’ Council said this, “At first glance, the past has been left behind to wholeheartedly embrace individual choice and secular…

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Mother's Day, Consumerism and Slavery

It’s all in the news at once and because it’s Mother’s Day I’m in a hurry or I’ll be late for tea. So consumerism wrecked Mother’s Day – true, read the history here A whole host of facts on the abolition of slavery and modern slavery here and here. I’ll post more links in coming days… And for a whole host of articles from the BBC on these issues head to this article from the Green Room which makes me feel guilty for not having done anything about our food…

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Learning how to sell

One of paradoxes of my life is that on the one hand I’m anti-consumerism and the constant accumulation of possessions and on the other hand I own a shop and I want it to sell more goods. In fact I’m currently at a convention with a focus on growing the industry by persuading people to buy more. I justify this by thinking of the good that can be achieved a) by the projects we sell and b) by the projects we as a business are committed to. So here’s the…

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How to discover inner peace

When mail arrives from a credit card company it usually takes the most direct route to the recycling bin but today it caught my eye and made me look inside. Barclaycard were offering me inner peace! There on the envelope was a promise to ‘open up to inner peace’ and to be honest up until today I didn’t realise inner peace was a commodity, but clearly I was wrong. Consumerism has led people into debt and a credit card company presents itself as the solution to ‘bad financial karma’ –…

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