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The Satori Generation: A new breed of young people have outdone the tricksters of advertising. | Adbusters
"The new reality is affecting a new generation around the world. Young Americans and Europeans are increasingly living at home, saving money, and living prudently. Technology, as it did in Japan, abets their shrinking circles. If you have internet access, you can accomplish a lot in a little room. And revolution in the 21st century, as most young people know, is not about consumption—it’s about sustainability.

Waseda University professor, Norihiro Kato, points to broader global phenomena that have radically transformed younger generations’ sense of possibility, calling it a shift from “the infinite to the finite.” Kato cites the Chernobyl meltdown and the fall of communism in the late 1980s and early 90s; the September 11 terrorist attacks in the early 2000s; and closer to home, the triple earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear disasters in Japan. These events reshaped our sense of wisdom and self-worth. The satori generation, he says, marks the emergence of a new “‘qualified power,’ the power to do and the power to undo, and the ability to enjoy doing and not doing equally.  Imagine a robot with the sophistication and strength to clutch an egg without crushing it.  The key concept is outgrowing growth toward degrowth.  That’s the wisdom of this new generation.”

In America and Europe, the new generation is teaching us how to live with less—but also how to live with one another. Mainstream media decry the number of young people living at home—a record 26.1 million in the US, according to recent statistics—yet living at home and caring for one’s elders has long been a mainstay of Japanese culture.

In the context of shrinking resources and global crises, satori “enlightenment” might mean what the young everywhere are telling us: shrink your goals to the realistic, help your family and community and resign yourself to peace. 

What Takahashi called “the world’s most advanced phenomenon” may well be coming our way from Japan. But this time it’s not automotive or robotic or electronic. It’s human enlightenment."
consumerism  japan  degrowth  notdoing  economics  2014  sustainability  rolandkelts  slow  power  satorigeneration  unconsumption  growth 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero × Blog × Concerning the Sandpit Outside My Studio Window
"Sometimes in the excitement of making new things, it becomes easy to lose sight of how it will mature. How will it look in six months? What will happen to it as the world around it changes? Does it have any true reason for existing? Often, doing nothing is better than the wrong thing."
slow  frankchimero  thinking  2014  time  slowdesign  lessismore  notdoing  treadsoftly  unconsumption 
january 2014 by robertogreco
art cart - Geospace Studio
"There is a family of urban artists in my city who homeschool their six children, have no car, and grow much of their food on their urban yard. The father is an accomplished painter and the rest of the family has beautiful crafts that they do - this is the sole income of the family. Without a vehicle the family was having a difficult time getting their artwork to the local art markets. They were also having a difficult time drawing attention to themselves in order to sell work out of their home. The family and I began to brainstorm what could be done to solve these problems. Together we envisioned some type of portable gallery for them that was true to their particular style. Ultimately we designed and built this lightweight, watertight cart, which is made mostly from recycled and repurposed material. It is pulled by hand to transport and display the family’s arts and crafts to local markets and festivals. The cart draws people to it, helping them sell their artwork, and provides a memorable identity for the family. They have been using the cart for more than three years now and have found ways to make it work for them by adding awnings and boxes to it. Most of the time it is parked in their driveway on a busy street where it acts basically as an unmanned store front selling cards and small crafts with a pay box attached to the inside wall. For me it has been very rewarding to see an object be so transformative to the family. I enjoyed the project because it gave me the opportunity to design and build something that was very needed and once completed changed the life of this small group of people. Below is a short video [! ] created by PEARL which includes film footage of the cart in use."
homeschool  glvo  design  mobility  urban  art  unconsumption  recycled  mobile  2010  visibility  geospacestudio  artcart 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Is Cuteness Bad for Craft? | The Etsy BlogThe Etsy Blog
"We’ve come a long way since the days of William Morris, the designer and leader who fostered the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s. For Morris, craft was a serious endeavor that focused on putting handmade, functional objects in homes. “Rather than three sets of elaborately decorated transferware china, you would have one set of handmade and glazed plates,” explains Lange. The movement was consciously putting its foot down against the introduction of impersonal mass production.

Since Morris’s time, craft has lost its heady undertones, but we’re now seeing a return to the original tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. Lange cites blogs like Unconsumption and Make It Do, which echo the founding sentiment of the Arts and Craft movement that Lange summarizes as “make it yourself, buy better quality items, think about each purchase, keep it for a long time.”

“I wonder if we are not in the dawn of another reform era,” says Lange."

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craftwars  makers  making  possessions  meaning  materialism  consumerculture  consumption  sustainability  qualityoverquantity  madetolast  slow  artsandcraftsmovement  alexandralange  cute  williammorris  unproduct  makeitdo  unconsumption  crafting  craft  etsy  2012 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Cork Chair - a set on Flickr
"Some very good friends have been collecting their wine corks for 12 years. When they showed me a basket full I said, "Hey, I can make something outta those!" They told me they had quite a few more. Approximately 2700. So I set to work. Initially I had in mind a figurative sculpture but they were luke warm to that idea. So instead I gave them the choice between two different styles of chair. One was a modern looking chair and the other a classic French Club chair. I have had a thing for leather club chairs from the '40's. Here is the process. I first made a rough "fit" chair. This helped me set the proportions. Then I made the basis chair from plywood and a luan skin. Each cork is glued with gorilla glue and pinned in place."
srg  furniture  chairs  cork  corks  unconsumption  upcycling 
december 2011 by robertogreco
What I Did Not Buy: A new approach to giving
"Think of all the things you have bought and then said, “I didn’t need that.”
unconsumption  consumerism  charity  simplicity  holidays 
december 2009 by robertogreco
"Consumption = word used to describe acts of acquisition...of things, in exchange for money. Unconsumption is a word used to describe everything that happens after an act of invisible badge...accomplishment of properly recycling your old cellphone, rather than the guilt of letting it sit in a drawer...thrill of finding a new use for something you were about to throw away...pleasure of using a service like Freecycle to find a new home for the functioning VCR you just replaced, rather than throwing it in garbage...enjoying things you own to the fullest – not just at moment of acquisition...pleasure of using a pair of sneakers until they are truly worn out – as opposed to nagging feeling of defeat when they simply go out of style...feeling good about simple act of turning off lights when you leave room...not about rejection or demonization of things...not a bunch of idea, set of behaviors, way of thinking about consumption itself from a new"

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unconsumption  sustainability  consumption  consumerism  design  culture  trends  green  recycling  simplicity  luxury  value  unproduct  upcycling  beausage  plannedlongevity  thriftiness  thrifting  thrift  glvo  diy  make  dowithout  wabi-sabi 
may 2009 by robertogreco

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