When I turned on my computer today, I had 8 emails from vendors announcing special low prices — Black Friday deals — available all week. I waded through the Black Friday junk mail, tapping away at my delete button, to find the one email I sought: the message from my neighbor with the menu, schedule and guest list for Thursday’s Thanksgiving gathering….
Leading up to the holiday season, it’s hard to remember that there are things better, or more important, than shopping. You want to make sure everyone gets the perfect gift, stores bombard you with sales, and everyone else seems to be shopping, right?
Well, we want to show the world that there are better things to do than spend the day at the mall buying more stuff! Can you help us?
Tell us what you think is better than shopping — it could be spending time with your family, going for a hike… anything! We’ll use your photos to tell the story of people who’ve committed to #buynothing this holiday season.
- Print out the #buynothing sign.
- Write your favorite activity in the blank. (example: “Sharing is better than shopping.”)
- Take a picture and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After we released our latest film, The Story of Change, I heard from some in the Story of Stuff community who questioned my endorsement of voting as “something we all just gotta do.” They felt that their one vote doesn’t make a difference or they were uninspired to vote for “the least bad” option within two increasingly similar parties.
Here’s the deal: Voting is important, really important. It is something we all just gotta do….
In my upcoming movie, The Story of Change, I talk about how deep, lasting social change – the kind of change achieved by the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and the early environmental movement – always starts with a group of people committed to a Big Idea for how things could be better. Not just a little better for a few people, but a whole lot better for everyone….
Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world….
Our team spent last Wednesday in a studio shooting our next movie — The Story of Change.
I’m more excited to share this movie with you than any of the six we’ve made since releasing the original Story of Stuff because it explains how we can make big change together by exercising our citizen muscles….