"The Story of Stuff" Film, Discussion, Potluck

Join us for a potluck discussion and a viewing of "Story of Stuff." We'll look at our current lifestyles explore the principles and impacts of voluntary simplicity vs. overconsumption.

Our current patterns of overwork, consumption and production have many of us feeling pressed for time, worried about our finances and concerned about the environment. But people around the world are adopting the ideas and practices of “voluntary simplicity” to help address those issues and bring more time, space and meaning into their lives. Whether you want to de-clutter, overcome your debt, or reduce your carbon footprint there are plenty of resources available to guide you on that journey.


We’ll start the evening by watching a lighthearted, animated short film called, “The Story of Stuff,” that outlines the role we all play in the process of “extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of ‘stuff.’” This will be followed by an open discussion about some of the means and resources available to help us “simplify” our lives to ensure that it revolves more centrally around what truly matters most to us. Whether you’re just starting to think about these ideas, or this has been integral to your own lifestyle for decades, you’re welcome to join us and bring your questions and solutions.


P.S. If you don’t have time to attend…guess what, this might be just the thing for you!


For the Potluck - You are encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share, as well as your own plate, cup and utensils to help reduce waste during the event. Thanks!


From The Story of Stuff website:
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
(http://www.storyofstuff.org/)

The evening will be facilitated by Jennifer White, Sustainability Coordinator for Colby-Sawyer College and former Executive Director of The Simplicity Forum. The Simplicity Forum was a multidisciplinary think tank of leaders committed to "achieving and honoring simple, just and sustainable ways of life.”

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  • Greg

    very informitive....."The Story of Stuff" is very flawed in a variety of ways but the discussion that took place afterwards caught the spirit of eliminating "stuff" as the sole litmus test to guage happiness. My appologies for leaving early family first. I look forward to joining you all again.

    February 19, 2013

  • Candis W.

    Excellent film and discussion

    February 19, 2013

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