Conspicuous Consumption is Over

It's All About Intangibles Now

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Annie Leonard: Be More than a Mindful Consumer

The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.

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Proud woman showing off all her purchases and shopping bags.
07/10/2017
It's All About Intangibles Now In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position. In Veblen’s now famous treatise The Theory of... read more
Line Drawing of person with bags
10/01/2013
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power. Since I released "The... read more
Proud woman showing off all her purchases and shopping bags.
07/10/2017
It's All About Intangibles Now In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position. In Veblen’s now famous treatise The Theory of... read more
Line Drawing of person with bags
10/01/2013
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power. Since I released "The... read more