Posts from the ‘consumerism’ category

Pachamama Rumblings in Lima!

Yesterday the whole left brain greenhouse gas haggling exercise at the COP20 Climate Summit got a huge kick in the pants when 20,000 marching souls took…

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Postcard from Medellin, Part 2: Are we better off being better off?

The desire to create comfort and security for ourselves probably counts as one of the most rudimentary motivations in the human reservoir of instincts. Building a…

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Has information technology reached the point of being mostly empty calories?

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about our relationship with information technology for the Matador Network that I thought would be worth sharing here.…

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The 6 words that summarize why American-style bare-knuckle capitalism is doomed

This is not from The Onion, but from yesterday’s business section of the San Francisco Chronicle: I’m trying to find the right analogy to wrap my…

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The Google Shuttle Effect on San Francisco

Just wanted to link to a previously unpublished but oft-quoted study in the discussion about the tech shuttles’ impact on San Francisco (with the author’s permission)…

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How I Learned to Stop Wasting and Love the Trash

Each year, Americans generate 389.5 million tons of municipal solid waste, 69 percent of which gets landfilled. As Edward Humes breaks it down in his eye-opening…

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The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers

Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they…

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Spanish Moss: Music Meets Mobilization

After my article about putting the Heat on Chevron this summer got published this weekend in Yes Magazine and Common Dreams, I got a Facebook message…

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“They’re making art out of recycled crap!”

The Art of Recology: The Artist in Residence Program 1990-2013 San Francisco Airport Museum, March – October 2013 United Terminal 3 (exhibition viewable by ticketed passengers)…

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A Declaration of INTERdependence

Independence is a big and important word in American history and culture. A noble concept in and of itself, it reaches far and deep into the…

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