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Here's a list of our favorite resources, including videos, books, tips, and commentary. If you have suggestions for items to add, please let us know!

Copia: Snapshots of Consumer Culture

How much do we shop? And what is it doing to us? Photographer Brian Ulrich explores these questions in a new series.

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Finding Our Way Out of the Sprawl: An Interview with Mark Valentine

A sustainability consultant talks about the livability challenges facing U.S. communities today and the glimmers of hope he sees around the country.

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Collaborative Consumption: A Snapshot of Examples

An extensive list of more than 1,000 examples of "collaborative consumption" from all corners of the world.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/the-movement/snapshot-of-examples.php

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New Infographic Shows Our "Hyper Consumption"

One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.

On the Web: http://visualoop.tumblr.com/post/6979154074/consumerism-stats-exclusive-infographic

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Sailing Simplicity: My American Dream

In 2008, Teresa Carey left her job, sold many of her belongings, and moved aboard a 27-foot sailboat to pursue her dream of simpler living.

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Work Sharing: The Quick Route Back to Full Employment

In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.

On the Web: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/work-sharing-the-quick-route-back-to-full-employment

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Tags: Redefining the dream

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

A documentary film about a paradigm shift to building healthy homes in ancient ways.

On the Web: http://www.davidsheen.com/firstearth/

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Consumerism, Values, and What Really Matters: An Interview with Tim Kasser

Psychologist Tim Kasser describes his work on materialism and values, and how he’s tried to resist consumer pressures in his own life.

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Reinventing Finance: From Wall Street to Main Street

A new report calls for a banking system based on local financial institutions that are transparent, accountable, and rooted in community.

On the Web: http://neweconomyworkinggroup.org/report/how-liberate-america-wall-street-rule

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Tags: Collaborative communities, Local economy

How to Stage a Clothes Swap

At these friendly social gatherings, one person’s discard is another one’s treasure.

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Voluntary Simplicity: Reimagining the Good Life Beyond Consumer Culture

A new analysis of "voluntary simplicity" dispels some common criticisms that it is an escapist, hippie, or leisure-expansion movement.

On the Web: http://simplicitycollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IntroductionToVoluntarySimplicity.doc1.pdf

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Visualizing the Profit in Sharing

A new infographic looks inside our homes at all the assets that can be shared, rented, and swapped through Collaborative Consumption marketplaces.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/insider-blog/archives/infographic_the_collaborative_home.php

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Help Your Town "Bag It"

Learn how you can help wean your community off the plastic bag addiction.

On the Web: http://www.bagitmovie.com/

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The Sharing Economy: 'Plan B' For Moving America Forward

Bright Neighbor founder Randy White discusses the benefits of community-wide sharing as a "Plan B" for severe economic disruption.

On the Web: http://www.brightneighbor.com/

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Tags: Collaborative communities

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

A memoir of a year spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

On the Web: http://www.happiness-project.com/

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being

In a new book, author Carol Graham explores the promise and the potential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking.

On the Web: http://www.brookings.edu/press/Books/2011/thepursuitofhappiness.aspx

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Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?

This teen-friendly manifesto reveals what you're really buying when you spend your money on a burger or a cell phone, and points the way to better choices.

On the Web: http://mararockliff.com/getreal.html

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Don't Miss Your Life: Find More Joy and Fulfillment Now

The evidence shows that humans are at their happiest when they’re involved in engaging leisure experiences.

On the Web: http://www.dontmissyourlife.net/

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The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World

In the coming years, “growth” will mean not quantity of stuff but quality and happiness of life. Yes, there is life after shopping.

On the Web: http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/great_disruption_hc_236

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet

An Asian perspective on why the world simply cannot support two more consumption-driven Americas.

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

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