July 12, 2005

Free consumers

Jamais Cascio of Worldchanging thinks consumers should ideally do the following:
Do more with less.
Look for opportunities to improve efficiency of consumption, avoid consumption for its own sake.
See technology as a means to lifestyle and behavioral change, with culture shaping technology choices.
Focus on "prosumption" -- the ability of end-users to fabricate products to meet their needs and to collaborate on services.
Share information about about best choices.
"Punctuated equilibrium" -- major changes are a function of constant small-scale evolution.
Quality of life improved by decreasing environmental footprint through combination of decreased outputs and more efficient inputs.
I think most of us would do all these things most efficiently and most happily if politicians let us buy as we pleased.

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