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The Story of Stuff: Annie Leonard

Here’s what the Story of Stuff is about:

“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

You can download the Story of Stuff from:

UNDP’s Human Development Report of 2010

The Human Development Index is a key tool used by the United Nations Development Programme to analyse development. This video shows that in the past 40 years most developing countries have experienced substantial improvements in health and education.

Money as Debt

Paul Grignon tells us what money is and how it is created … a controversial introduction to the modern monetary system.

Paul has his own website at:

You Tube Video – The Great Divergence by Professor Clark of UC Davis

UC Davis have a whole sequence of video classes in You Tube. The questions addressed here are:

  • Why was there no improvement in human material conditions before 1800?
  • What triggered the Industrial Revolution?

Useful viewing for the Evolution of the World Economy section of the course.

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

Nic Marks of the New Economics Foundation gives an alternative way of looking at development in this TED Talk.