Monday, March 29, 2010

From Consumerism to Sustainability or The Story of Stuff

The Worldwatch Institute has issued their 2010 State of the World Report, Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability, a bold attempt to identify and address the range of issues surrounding large scale cultural transformation. A Table of Contents for the book, with links to selected chapters, is available online.

A podcast of Erik Assadourian, Senior Researcher at Worldwatch Institute and Director State of the World 2010, speaking with Diane Horn about report is available here.

Highlignts among the online chapters are The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures, a discussion of Engaging Religion to Shape Worldviews, a look at education's role in supporting sustainability by Rethinking School Food, and a look at how social marketing can be used to shift the media From Selling Soap to Selling Sustainability.

An interesting example of the latter is found in The Story of Stuff.

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