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!

How to Host an Alternative Gift Fair

Want to build community? Tired of the commercialization of the holidays? Learn how to organize an Alternative Gift Fair in your town!

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The Mesh Directory: Explore Clever Ways to Benefit from "Stuff" Without Having to Own It

A new online directory helps you find enterprising businesses and projects around the world that are fostering "a community and economy where access trumps ownership."

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Science-based Research for the "Greater Good"

The Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California at Berkeley, aims to uncover “the science of a meaningful life.”

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Join Your Neighbors for a Really, Really Big Lunch

Last year, The Big Lunch brought nearly 2 million people across the United Kingdom out of doors to have lunch in their communities—literally.

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Creating Community, One Market at a Time

St. George's Market in Belfast, Ireland, showcases how local markets can bridge historical divides and give back to communities.

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What’s the “Real” Climate Footprint of Your Community?

By measuring consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, we can chart a path to more sustainable ways of living and doing.

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E-Waste: What to Do With That Old Gadget

Now that you've upgraded, why not make the responsible choice and donate or recycle your old equipment, rather than just dumping it in the trash?

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Does Your Town Need a Happiness Initiative?

What if you could accurately measure the happiness of your community based on parameters like physical health, material well-being, and time balance?

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Living Lighter

Living Lighter is a colorful pamphlet filled with helpful tips and resources for reducing your consumer footprint.

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How Many Slaves Are Working For You?

A new website and mobile app looks at your purchases and determines the amount of forced labor that's gone into everything you own.

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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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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

GoodGuide: Green Product Information at Your Fingertips

How can we be sure that we're making the right decisions before we get to the checkout line? GoodGuide is a helpful resource that puts all the dimensions of a product at your fingertips.

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

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Staycations: Cheaper, Greener, and More Relaxing Vacations

Rather then deal with all of the airport madness and the stress of feeling the need to be everywhere and do everything, why not just stay at home and do whatever you want?

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