Many people know about the video The Story Of Stuff, since its release it has been very popular. Recently the same folks release a new video called The Story Of Solutions. The video talks about how for a long time the name of the game in our economy has been growing the GDP, having more, buy buy buy. I am preaching to the choir, but we all know while there are things we need, consumerism in America has become a little crazy.
So this video makes the assertion that that we shouldn’t focus on more, but instead better. I think the one point they should have made stronger in the video is that in some cases more=better, but it often has a different twist to it. In some cases more won’t be better and for an economy that is on a finite planet we need to grapple with that.
While the solutions they presented in the film are good ones, we also know we have a long fight ahead of us against those who have a financial stake in keeping the status quo. It made me think of the project Christopher Carson (of Tiny House The Movie) was part of, a local campaign to fight Xcel Energies deep pockets campaign to prevent municipal sustainable energy program.