The Story of Solutions
A Wall of Fame dedication goes to the Story of Stuff Project* for their recent Story of Solutions video.
In this short 10-minute cartoon narrated by Annie Leonard, instead of just giving the listener the depressing facts about impact of our current consumer addiction, she introduces the concept of being "the game changer."
“…what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?”
Taking it quite literally, this video displays the outdated game of consumerism as illustrated by game characters crazily building with symbolic puzzle game pieces labeled with overgrowth markers like "malls" and "model homes" all leading to the end prize: "MORE". Annie then points to a different game outcome: "Better." Now, all the game characters have puzzle pieces leading toward the new prize with more community based aspects like "car sharing" and "food cooperatives."
It's time to stop trying to go against the current system, and take actions that not only transform the current system we’re in, but actually create a totally new game.
What if we didn't view existing profit based and damaging systems as obstacles that we had to "combat"? Game changing actions start with a game-changing paradigm. From a space of infinite possibilities, communities have created amazing solutions. From tool sharing programs at local libraries, and online bartering and sharing systems-people are finding ways to build momentum such that we can impact profit margins of mega companies.
Finally, we must transform our language about ourselves. I intend that we can call ourselves "conservers" rather than “consumers” within the new game. It's asking bold questions that will get us there. It's not always about having the supreme solution immediately, rather, the inquiry and inclusive community that are most crucial.
*"The Story of Stuff" is an honest and understandable 20-minute cartoon narrated by Annie Leonard found at www.storyofstuff.org. These engaging and visually dynamic shorts, brought to you by Free Range Studios and Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, also showcase other mini movies about the behind-the-scenes detailed stories of cosmetics, electronics, bottled water, and more.
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