November 18, 2006

Buy Nothing Day

Yet another post that has nothing to do with public speaking, but everything to do with my other "hat" as a jewelry artist and member of the indie design community. . . Next post will be back to the topic at hand, I promise!

The day after Thanksgiving is known in the retail world as "Black Friday" - traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year and the first day of the Christmas shopping season.

Originally created by Canadian artist Ted Dave in 1992 as a day for society to examine the issue of overconsumption, Buy Nothing Day has grown to international proportions, publicized by Adbusters Media Foundation and many smaller organizations. It's meant to replace Black Friday with a day of awareness and protest against consumerism, overconsumption and the "more, bigger, better" mindset.

I'll be celebrating Buy Nothing Day this year and I encourage you to join me. If it's difficult for you to avoid spending altogether (as you nervously watch the clock tick down to Christmas), try "Buy Local Day" (give your local economy a boost) or "Buy Indie Day" (support independent artists, designers and shops instead of global corporations).

Here's more info for you about Buy Nothing Day and Buy Local Day.

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