The New Materialism

December 16, 2013 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

“The good news is that everywhere there are signs of a healthier relationship with ‘stuff’, a New Materialism,” writes Ruth Potts, the co-author, with Andrew Simms, of a pamphlet called The New Materialism.

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“If you look at the type of economy that we could have, which is based on repairing what we have, repairing things from scratch, making things from recycled materials, it’s an economy that is rich in employment and I think it’s a real answer to a situation where everybody agrees that to stabilise the economy you need to increase demand and this is a way of increasing demand for services, for doing things, in a way that doesn’t also and in fact could decrease consumption.”

“It’s an economy that calls for practical people and artists in equal measure, so you’d see a huge rise in employment in repair and maintenance for example, so everything from plumbers to painters and bakers.  It’s actually a richer, more diverse economy, and an economy which replaces the impoverishment of work; the impoverishment of the call centre…”

Read (or listen to) this timely Rob Hopkins interview of Ruth Potts, originally posted on resilience.org HERE>>

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Entry filed under: Art/Crafts, Community, Economy, Heart/Soul.

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