Thursday, December 13, 2012

juliet schor - new sharing


n the Hangout today:
  • 1. Juliet Schor - @julietschor
  • 2. Mimi Ito - @mizuko
  • 3. Luka Carfagna -
  • 4. Anny Fenton -
  • 5. Cameron Tonkinwise - @camerontw
  • 6. Julie Keane - @juliekeane


time bank - very new econ - everyone's time equaly...

5 Reasons why “Connected Consumption” is growing:
1. Culture - backlash against hyper-consumption, shifting attitudes toward luxuries and necessities, saving, and debt
2. Economic - deteriorating economic status, especially for young people/anti-corporate sentiments
3. Ecological - climate crisis and rising green consciousness
4. Technological - growing digitization of everyday life/pull toward digital practices
5. Social - critique of social isolation, desire for more social connection

understanding of that type of consumption... huge - by anny fenton

money exists so that you can be in a relationship without trust.. it becomes a proxy for trust. - cameron

kickstarter allows those who have no local support.. cameron
how ambivalent money is when
contaminated when non-local money boosts it

Welcome to Plenitude -

will this scale/transform?
depends on what happens to character as they scale - julie

ideological or transactional mindset
people wanting a very different relationship vs just seeking cheaper, easier transaction, et al

so - what is actually being exchanged - 
car - hasn't taken off - people are uncomfortable sharing their car.. as it becomes more normal  -it may take off
the meaning behind the things we're exchanging in these transactions - anny

there aren't a lot of rules in start up culture - that's why many are finding home there - luka

capital understandings have taken over - cameron
a lot of reason people aren't sharing are completely functional... most weren't designed to share..

julie - thinks it will be a while before actors in this space have this view..
her interest is in the economics.. 
most disappointing about zipcar - enabling college students to have cards that they didn't before.. - so what is the overall eco impact...

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Her most recent book is True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy (2011 by The Penguin Press, previously published as Plenitude. More information can be found at Previous books include national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure  (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998). The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003).
Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon Press 2000), co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000) and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). An essay collection, Consumerism and Its Discontents is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2011. She has also co-edited a number of academic collections.