We received many powerful essays for the Fall 2013 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Simon Okelo, author of "Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff," and founder of One Vibe Africa responds to essay winners of the Fall 2013 "Simple Living" writing competition.
Read Annika's essay about the uselessness of stuff—like trophies and goodie bags.
Read Sana's essay about how her consumption habits shifted when she moved from Pakistan to the United States.
Read Nick's essay about how giving up his iPhone4 and his beloved dog Lucas would greatly affect his life.
Read Spencer’s essay about his desire to level the economic playing field so that more people can have more—and then choose less.