Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Leonard examines conspicuous consumption and Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Politics & Social Sciences. Well, one of the most important things that is missing is people. Yes massive empirical evidence on the issues covered in The Story of. Stuff. The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard - A classic exposé in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated.
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The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard. Read "The Story of Stuff How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change" by Annie Leonard. A classic exposé in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated documentary exploring.
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What did you notice about the air quality, the tapwater, the people who lived there, and the kinds of housing and amenities nearby? Did the section on U. What kinds of laws and agencies do you believe would best protect you and your family?
Where were they mentioned and how were they depicted? Did you have a sense of how they impacted individual human lives? Do you have a sense now, after reading Annie's take on them? How do you think they impact your own life?
Do these organizations and agreements concern you? Are you aware of a local economy functioning in your community? For example, is there food produced nearby that is available at farmers' markets or in restaurants?
Do you know where the electricity that powers your home comes from? Are there artisans making products locally? Where do they get their materials? How has this changed over time? Since reading the book, do you have a different awareness of advertising?
Do you notice ads that seem manipulative? That try to make you feel bad about yourself? Are there ads you'd rather your family not be exposed to? Which ones? Are there some places — perhaps public areas?
In the chapter on Consumption, Annie posits that, for most of us, our consumer muscle is stronger and more developed than our citizen muscle. Of these two, which muscle is better developed in you?
When you think of yourself and the broader society, do you see yourself more as a consumer or a citizen? In each role, what do you think the role of government really is? What should the top priorities of government and the economy be, in your opinion? The Epilogue includes a number of significant changes we could make to fix our unsustainable system, such as separating full benefits from full-time employment.
Can you see yourself working less than full-time?
How many hours per week would you work, in an ideal world? What are some of the pros and cons of reducing your work hours, if this were an option? Having read about all the parts of the Materials Economy, which places do you fit into the system? For example, perhaps you are involved in Distribution because you work at a retail store, or produce advertising. You are almost certainly involved in Consumption and Disposal. Which part of the system are you most concerned about?
Is it toxics in toys or cosmetics? Or the rights and living conditions of factory workers? Where do you see opportunities to get involved and make changes? Do you feel more or less empowered to change things for the better after reading The Story of Stuff?
Visit waterfootprint. Is yours higher or lower than Annie's cubic meters per year on pp in hardcover?
Based on her description of her lifestyle, what would you guess accounts for the difference between yours and hers? Can you think of ways you could decrease your footprint? Calculate how many hours per week you spend shopping, how many you spend per week watching TV, and how many hours you spend per week in other leisure activities like playing sports or games, hanging out with friends or family, going to museums or performances, playing games with your kids, etc.
Does the ratio between these three categories shopping, TV, leisure other than TV seem right to you? If not, set some goals that will shift this ratio to one that seems healthier and more fulfilling. Spr ead out a tarp or plastic trashbag and empty the contents of a random wastebasket from your home onto it. You might want to wear gloves for this.
Divide the contents by types of material. What do you think could be reclaimed to be used again? Avoided in the first place? What changes in the design stage could have made the products easier to handle safely at the end of their useful life?
Almost all of them offer tours to the community if you call ahead. What are your impressions after your visit? How did it make you feel?
Re-read Annie's "New World Vision" pp. Then close your eyes and picture your ideal neighborhood or community. What commonalities are there between your visions? A Conversation with Annie Leonard Did the timing of this book have anything to do with the economic crash in ? The exact timing of the crash was hard to predict but that we were on a collision course was clear to many observers. We're dealing with the inevitable fallout of out-of-control consumer spending and an economic model that privileges corporate profit over community wellbeing, environmental health and secure meaningful jobs.
So, the timing of the book release wasn't intentionally linked to the crash, but grew out of an urgent need to address this system that's clearly in crisis. With increasing news about environmental and health problems, mounting rates increasing and families struggling to hold on to their houses, we found a ripe audience to question the system as it is.
The current economic downturn has created widespread hardship and increased economic inequity. One silver lining of this disaster is that it inspired people to be more frugal— for example to seek out repair shops, to hold onto goods longer rather than replace them for the latest style, to rethink every day consumption habits.
What about: environmentalist, or social commentator? What is Leonard's basis for such a statement? I know of no one, personally, that would identify themselves foremost in that way.
And even if some people do, so what? Isn't that a moral judgment? Leonard bemoans the statement, but the advisor was right! Everything is produced for consumption. The end result of all economic activity is consumption!
Post hoc ergo propter hoc. Using the same foolish logic, I could say that Dwight Eisenhower's election as president caused Castro to take over Cuba. In rebuttal to all ten points, we can say that the production, use, and disposal of "stuff" is not just a needless and wasteful re-sorting of raw materials.
Leonard lacks any understanding of the benefits of voluntary transactions, the virtue in creation, and the value of capital accumulation. All voluntary transactions are beneficial. By definition! If one did not deem themselves better off by entering into a transaction, they simply would not enter it in the first place. In her claimed "ten years of study," all Annie Leonard learned how to do was be an environmental alarmist, political hack, and liar.
How sad. Not only is the entire video dishonest, vague, and devoid of any citation of sources, but your kids may be watching it at school. The website boasts that " The Story of Stuff is being used in classrooms all across the country and around the world. View the discussion thread.
Skip to main content. The problem is, Annie Leonard could not be more wrong. She declares that It's a linear system, and we live in a finite planet. Moving back to the beginning of her diagram, Leonard renames the "extraction" phase, "natural resource exploitation. But the book was too long. Startups need to learn how to write a headline right now.
Or where messages come from in the first place. Or how to get visitors to click on their buttons. My target market needed bite-sized pieces of info that hit on specific topics. To do this took a mindset shift. See, as a writer, I felt a sort of philosophical desire to hold true to my artistic vision — you know, the thing we march up to the top of the mountain to have revealed to us in a psychedelic mist. My vision.
I quickly realized that such an attitude was super-problematic. I was a skilled worker who was creating content. Valuable content — book-worthy content. But, at the end of the day, just content. I was not venturing into the world of non-fiction writing or publishing. I was venturing into the world of content marketing.
With that mindset shift came this cascading waterfall of changes to my strategy. I put in a limit of 55 pages per book and made that short length a differentiator in my marketing. I decided to sell the ebooks myself, like a true content marketer — not through site, iTunes, or any other distributor that would place restrictions on my pricing.
More about that here. I wanted more control than that. And, given that I knew I was going to be marketing these books like a mofo, I questioned the logic of driving traffic to a page on a site filled with my competitors. Especially when that site was only going to give me a portion of the earnings.
And especially when I was willing and able to do the work of selling the books myself.