Sunday, September 17, 2006

Selling Out or Buying In?

This article by Dara O'Rourke, Selling Out or Buying In?, is an important start for those who are concerned about the new "partnerships" between what we think are socially and environmentally-responsible small businesses and the corporations that are eating them up. Dr. O'Rourke makes the links for you (Odwalla with Coca-Cola, Converse and Hurley with Nike, Tom's of Maine with Colgate) and makes an argument for watching these businesses closely.

(P.S. If you can get your hands on the most recent copy of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, he expands the article to include Wal-Mart and their new organic push.)

2 comments:

BurdockBoy said...

Great article-I missed that one and I try to read Common Dreams often. With the organic market going so trendy it's hard to keep up with what brands to avoid. I found this flowchart which seems like a good guide to avoid companies you despise. Which goes to show if you can get it local, it's still the best bet.

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


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