Consumerism Meets Minimalism: Can We Live More with Less?

Juliet Schor

Photo Credit: Boston College

April 4, 2017 | 6:00-8:30 PM | CIC Venture Cafe | One Broadway, Cambridge

About the Event
The arrival of the sharing economy, the tiny house boom, the joy of liberating worldly possessions, and celebrating not buying the latest gadget tell us the tide of consumerism is shifting again. In the last several months alone, we have seen example after example of how modern information platforms and increased transparency can be used to give people the power to vote with their wallets. In addition to exercising economic and political influence through our purchasing behavior, though, there is also a broad trend toward divesting of the consumption cycle altogether. Modern minamilism proposes to reunite us with meaningful living and greater connectedness with ourselves and others rather than with objects. Juliet Schor, renowned researcher, author and expert on our connected consumption and economy, joins us to unpack the promise of living with less and its impact on the planet.

Guest Speaker
When we announced upcoming speaker Juliet Schor at the March BASG event, people literally danced with joy. Juliet Schoris Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Schor is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network and scientific advisor to the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). Schor’sresearch focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. In 2014 Schor received the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology.

Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the The Early Show on CBS. She is the author of the bestseller The Overworked American and several other books that explore consumer culture. She is a contributor to the recent film Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.

We cannot wait! Join us. – Carol, Holly, and Tilly

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