Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff
12th Dec 2013; 13:00Listen to the audio
(full recording including audience Q&A)
Please right-click link and choose "Save Link As..." to download audio file onto your computer.
Watch this event as a RSA Replay.
RSA Replay is now a featured playlist on our Youtube channel, it is the full recording of the event including audience Q&A. There will an edited high-res video version of the talk available in a couple of weeks time, and if you subscribe to our channel on YouTube - you'll get automatically notified whenever there's a new video.
As Christmas approaches, it brings with it the usual frenzied round of shopping. But think back to last year, when you exchanged gift-wrapped boxes with friends and relatives. As you opened the packages, was your gut reaction ever to think… “not more stuff”?
James Wallman, journalist and trend forecaster, visits the RSA to explain why more and more of us are suffering from “stuffocation” – where, instead of feeling enriched by the things we own, we are stifled and overwhelmed by them. In our busy, cluttered lives, “more” is no longer “better”.
But if our focus is gradually shifting away from material goods, where will we increasingly get our status, meaning and happiness from?
Speaker: James Wallman, journalist, trend forecaster and author of Stuffocation (Crux, 2013)
Get the latest RSA Audio
You are welcome to link to, download, save or distribute our audio/video files electronically. Find out more about our open access licence.