Resources

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!

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

The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle

In The Good Life, author Sherry Ackerman shows how anyone can choose the journey to sustainability and a sensual, fun-filled life.

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

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Worker-Owned Cooperatives Help Communities Create Wealth

Learn how the city of Cleveland is benefiting from innovative new models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability.

On the Web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_ZHUDhKjs

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Fixing the Future

In the one-hour PBS special Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio visits communities across America that are using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in our new economy.

On the Web: http://www.pbs.org/now/fixing-the-future/index.html

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"I Am"

"I Am" explores "what's wrong with our world and what we can do about it." The film draws attention to the deep interconnections between humans and the Earth and between each other.

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The Impossible Hamster

Imagine if a hamster grew forever, like we expect our economies to do. Impossible.

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GrowthBusters

One man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and the Pope as he questions society's most fundamental beliefs about prosperity.

On the Web: http://www.growthbusters.org/

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Rachel Botsman on Collaborative Consumption

With a dazzlingly graphic display, Botsman presents a compelling case for 21st-century sharing.

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The Good Life: A Parable

Is the "good life" right in front of us and we're just missing it?

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300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

A great visualization of the past 300 years of fossil fuel use in just 300 seconds. That's about as concise as you're gonna get.

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The Economics of Happiness

This powerful film documents how communities are coming together to build more sustainable local economies.

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21 Hours

The optimal length of the work week? Yes, 21 Hours.

On the Web: http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/21-hours

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