"The Story of Broke" Takes on Wall St & Government (Video)


Image credit: The Story of Stuff
"Why is there always money for the dinosaur economy, but when it comes to building a better future, we're broke?"
The Story of Stuff was a runaway viral success in exploring the interconnected messes caused by over-consumption. As Occupy Wall Street continues to challenge the faltering, fossil-fuel driven economy, the makers of The Story of Stuff are getting ready to release their next salvo in the fight for a sane approach to economics.

Here's a little teaser for The Story of Broke.

Set for release on November 8th, The Story of Broke looks set to be a fascinating contribution to the ongoing debate about what our economy is, what it should be, and how we get it there.

While Story of Stuff quite rightly pointed a finger at over-consumption, the Story of Broke points that same finger at the economic machine that drives that over-consumption, and the ridiculous efforts we go to to keep it rolling—even as the evidence grows that it is fundamentally unsustainable.

Whether it's the evidence that rising energy costs were the real cause of our recession; the realization that coal costs the economy more than it contributes; or the increasing awareness of the real price of gasoline, the writing is on the wall for business as usual.

And from the growth of solar jobs through the rise in collaborative consumption to the emerging plenitude economy, the alternatives are already all around us.

But nothing is inevitable. We will have to fight for every last ounce of progress. It's good to have communicators like The Story of Stuff folks on our side to form the narrative.

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Tags: Activism | Consumerism | Economics | United States

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