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How to have a Slow Holiday: Re-learning How to Play

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Dirksen

Polls show that 90% of Americans feel anxiety around the holidays. So I'd like to propose a solution: Don't shop, play. In my family that involves jumping into snowbanks in our bathing suits.

When Hackers Took My Video Viral

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

On tiny homes, happiness, Freud's nephew, the 'Story of Stuff,' and why massive change will only come about when people realize their lives are better for making a change.

Stuffing: The Real Value Of Thanksgiving

Michelle Howard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Howard

Thanksgiving does not seem to fuel the eternal combustion engines of American consumption in the way other holidays do, though we may consume a month's worth of calories in one meal.

Not In Love With New Anymore

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Neophilia is in itself a new word. It was popularized around 1999 in techie and sci-fi subcultures to describe the trait of being enthralled by all things novel.

Moon River: What Water in the Heavens Means for Life on Earth

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Randall Amster

We ought to consider how NASA's discovery of water on the moon could alter the fabric of life on earth. The implications of this find -- including the possible near-term development of a viable lunar colony -- are staggering.

An In-Depth Look at the GDP Report

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hale

The long awaited GDP report is out. Notice it wasn't just durable goods that saw increases: non-durable goods and services also increased. And not by small amounts.

The New Marketing Paradigm: From Lack to Abundance

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Our psychology of lack is being eroded by a sensation of abundance that has arisen despite our financial "woes."

8 Puzzling Food Labels

forbes.com | Joel Kotkin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you are like the typical hurried consumer, chances are you don't spend much time considering food labels. And sometimes it can be hard to understan...

Capitalism: Never Enough?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

The epidemic of designer stores is symptomatic of the buying binge we've been on for the last half-century.

Consumer Spending: What If Americans Dont' Start Buying Again?

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Americans don't start buying a lot of stuff again, can the world economy be saved? What's the global Plan B? These are fundamental questions at the...

Village Green: Meet Dubai, Vegas on Steroids

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Dubai may be the most environmentally unsustainable place on earth, certainly among the most conspicuously extravagant, reportedly with the world's highest per-capita rate of natural resource consumption.

Does Your Toilet Really Need to Chirp Like a Bird? Japan's Un-green Lifestyle Expectations

Mairi Beautyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mairi Beautyman

After a 20-day trip, four Japanese social norms made me wonder if pledges for extremely ambitious greenhouse gas emission cuts are realistic.

Barter Markets: Can Trading Beef for a Backpack Keep Consumption in Check?

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Dirksen

One market devotee explained, "It's a way to give value to things. To leave money aside, even if just one day a year, and to encourage more the exchange."

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Let's ensure that history does not remember us just as "consumers" of the earth and its resources, but as people who take seriously the God-given mandate to "serve and preserve" the earth.

How Facebook Could Save The Environment

GOOD | By Stephen Linaweaver, Brad Bate, and Michael Keating | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Why Facebook is more important to the environment than solar panels. The growth of social networks indicates a fundamental shift in patterns of hum...

Goodbye/Hello 2 "Consumer: a Retro Concept"

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Patt Cottingham

Goodbye to the limiting branding and marketing models of consumerism. Hello to taping into the richer branding and marketing models of citizenry.

Wall Street Pay Back Up! Look Out: The Bubble Man Cometh!

George Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Alexander

After the stock market rebounds and unemployment subsides will we go forth more prudently or will we return to the delusions of unrestricted entitlement that got us here in the beginning?

Blaming the Victims: Heroic American Consumers

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

High levels of debt and consumption were not the result of millions of individual decisions by consumers. They were the result of a deliberate economic 'regime change' in the 1970s.

Americans Saving More When Economy Needs Spending Most

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are hunkering down and saving more. For a recession-battered economy, it couldn't be happening at a worse time. Economis...

Sales People Create Economies

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Marketing without a trained sales team is a "one way" vehicle, causing the company to only activate at the point of marketing and then become passive.

The Critics and the Credit Cards

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Brauchli

Credit card companies do not limit themselves to tutoring consumers in the art of financial responsibility. They try to insure that everyone who wants a credit card has one.

A Holiday Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alex Pasternack

When I think of Christmas, I see the stuff under trees: toys and books and computers, DVD players and colorful paper. I don't mean the Christmas tree...

Out of Line: Recession Marketing

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mort Gerberg

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The Recession and Conspicuous Consumption?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig Newmark

Some folks have cash in the bank, and prices are going down, and they can take advantage of that. There are people who buy stuff as a matter of status and prestige.

Bailouts, Bubbles, Boils, and Trouble

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Clemons

Economic recovery cannot mean re-enabling the gluttony of manic consumption without pumping up "production" and getting a more balanced portfolio between what we produce at home and ship in from others.