YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project
The Story of Stuff Project—NEW Stuff!
The Story of Stuff Project is a tremendous resource for educators and community members looking to learn about and take action on the social and scientific implications of consumption. It has expanded beyond the original short film, The Story of Stuff, and now has several animated documentaries, including The Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Broke, and The Story of Citizens United v. FEC. In addition to free downloads of films, the wonderful nonprofit also offers curriculum and other educational resources, annotated scripts, and engaging podcasts. All the good stuff you need to help you and our country be robust and healthy!
How much do your students know about our economy and the "Citizens United" Supreme Court case? For this newsletter, we are featuring The Story of Broke and The Story of Citizens United v. FEC to jump-start an informed and engaging discussion.
Do your students think our country is broke? Have them think again. The United States remains one of the richest countries in the world, but our economy is broken. The Story of Broke urges a shift in government investments to solutions— a cleaner, greener economy that can deliver jobs and a healthy environment. Imagine rebuilding the American dream— but better.
Do your students know the story of "Citizens United"? Explore the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending. Then, consider the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy. Share a call to amend the U.S. constitution to confirm that people—not corporations—make the decisions in a democracy.
The Story of Stuff Project and Facing the Future have teamed up to offer an interdisciplinary high school curriculum to create student awareness on the concept of a materials economy. In 10 lessons, students learn about the five major steps of the materials economy: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They then analyze the sustainability of these steps, and determine how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.
Many thanks to the generous donors who made it possible to download this entire curriculum for free.
Like what you see?
The Story of Stuff Project has more resources to inform and inspire your students' desire to be good and do good.
- Podcasts on plastic bags and more.
- Curricula for all ages and for faith-based teen programs
- Movies—all 7!
- Facebook has all the latest Stuff stuff
In 2008, The Story of Stuff Project was born in response to thousands of The Story of Stuff viewers wanting more information on how they could get involved. The Project creates short, easily shareable animated films that explore our relationship with Stuff and how we can make things better. High equality educational resources and programs accompany the film.
- Rights for Real People
Where the infamous Citizens United decision came from and how to overturn it.
- Three Ways to Beat Corporate Giants
How do Davids bring down Goliaths? Three tactics that worked.
- Can There Be "Good" Corporations?
When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.
The above resources accompany the March 2012 YES! Education Connection Newsletter
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