is encouraged. (Each section has its own index.)
18, 2007: "The Story of Stuff"
October 8, 2007:
Collaboration: Doing More with Less
September 7, 2007:
Winds of Change
August 1, 2007: A
Way to Collaborate
July 12, 2007: Laying a
June 4, 2007: Let the Turf Wars Begin
May 1, 2007: Building
March 27, 2006:
Opportunity Expo, May 1, 2006, Cape Cod Community College
March 14, 2006:
Ideas on Sustaining Cape Cod's Water and Open Space
23, 2005: Sustaining a
7, 2005: The Pulse of Progress at Cape Corps
2004: Volunteering to Sustain Cape Cod
2004: The World Series
2004: The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability Brokers Successful
Partnerships among the Cape's Nonprofits
2004: Building the Wealth of the Cape
2003: A Knuckleball of an Idea
"The Story of Stuff"
"The Story of Stuff” with Annie Leonard is traveling across the Internet
at this time of the year when we are at the peak of our consumption
mindsets. Annie's piece takes us through the "materials economy," which
she frames as a linear process in which "stuff" is moved through a
system that includes "extraction," "production," "distribution,"
"consumption," and, finally, "disposal." At the end of the piece, Annie
presents a list of ten actions that each of us could take that would
improve our community and our quality of life. The link to the entire
Number 6 on this list
states that "spending time in face-to-face civic or community activities
strengthens the community, and many studies show that a stronger
community is a source of social and logistical support, greater
security, and happiness. A strong community is also critical to having a
strong, active democracy." We encourage people to follow this
suggestion for the fundamental reason that doing so would significantly
expand the capacity of nonprofits to do their work.
And at this time of year
more than any other, nonprofit organizations are reaching out to each of
us as individuals to donate. Money is certainly essential, but the value
of forging a personal connection that continues over time is even more
important. Ask the Red Cross, the Cape Baseball League, the hospital
auxiliaries, the Arts Foundation, the Natural History Museum, the
National Marine Life Center, and all other organizations that
effectively use volunteers to staff their programs. They demonstrate
just how valuable the gift of a volunteer’s time can be.
With this in mind, we have been developing a community directory of Cape
organizations that utilizes the Internet as the means to help connect
residents. We have been listing these organizations one at a time on our
Web site (www.SustainCapeCod.org)
in the Community Directory at this link: http://www.sustaincapecod.org/communitydirectory.
And we are providing free assistance to nonprofits that want to be
listed there so that they are not overwhelmed by the technical stuff
that is necessary to post information about their organizations (we've
found technical skills to be a real soft spot of
the Cape's nonprofit sector). Please pass the idea along to any
nonprofit whose work interests you.
WPXC FM (PIXY 102.9) and
Frank FM (WFQR/WFRQ 101.1 and 93.5) will be giving attention to this
effort on December 23 at 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (a little early I
know). They will also be providing us a CD of the show that we'll put up
on our site when we get it.
And in addition to the
ten suggestions that Annie Leonard lists, we add one more:
Please reach out to an organization that is directed to achieve
nonprofit aims that interest you. We'd love it if you would let us know
that you've done so.
Editor of the Larson Report and president of the
Cape Cod Center for Sustainability
Suggestion Number 6 from “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard:
Unplug (the TV and Internet) and Plug In (the community).
The average person in the
watches TV over four hours a day. Four hours per day filled with
messages about stuff we should buy. That is four hours a day that
could be spent with family and friends and in our community. Online
activism is a good start, but spending time in face-to-face civic or
community activities strengthens the community, and many studies
show that a strong community is a source of social and logistical
support, greater security, and happiness. A strong community is also
critical to having a strong, active democracy.