Posts tagged “Kalle Lasn”

  • A Manifesto for 2nd Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

    September 23, 2013

    Last week marked the two year anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests, andLasn_2008_JimLabounty Seven Stories Press author Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet are still excited. The movement that their magazine Adbusters helped create has provided a needed outlet for the current generation to debate and advocate change with a system they believe just doesn’t work today. On this anniversary, Lasn and Fleet have written a manifesto for the ongoing Occupy movement on Globe and Mail.

    A little over two years ago, there was the idea that we needed to do something to change our economy. But with the start of that simple demand, the ball began rolling about what we could do to fix the faults with our society. The same sparks that lit the Occupy Wall Street movement are the same ideas that helped ignite the protests and revolutions across the globe. “There is a growing conviction that the things that can happen, will happen.

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  • CNN’s Must-Reads on Income Inequality

    August 20, 2013

    This past June, CNN asked its readers to decide which five of twenty possible stories columnist John Sutter would cover in his Change the List Project. With 16,789 votes, first place went to “America’s widening rich-poor gap.”

    Sutter says, “I love that each of these stories was chosen by you. I see that as a mandate of sorts. When journalists pitch big projects they sometimes wonder, ‘Is this really the best use of my time?’ I don’t have those doubts with Change the List. I know I’m working on your behalf — on the topics you’ve deemed most important.” Those of us at Seven Stories are encouraged that the public is so interested in income inequality; we think it’s pretty important too.

    As Sutter begins researching his series, he’s asking the public again for help. This time, he wants help compiling a list of approximately 100 “must reads” on the subject of income inequality.

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  • Meme Wars now available in hard cover with slipcase and Kalle Lasn speaks tonight at UBC

    February 5, 2013

    Today is the on sale date for the beautiful sandpaper hard cover and collector’s slipcase edition of Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. With stunning visuals, provocative posters, and essays from leading radical economic thinkers like Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Samuelson, George Akerlof, Lourdes Benera, Julie Matthaei, Manfred Max-Neef, and the father of ecological economics Herman Daly, this alternative economics textbook is perfect for students looking to change the way we think about economics.

    Tonight, February 5th at 7pm, join the Founder and Senior Editor of Adbusters, Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet, at this public event & book launch for Meme Wars at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

    Norm Theatre in the SUB Building on the UBC Campus. Admission is free.

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    Event Co-Sponsored by Banyen Books & Sound, UBC’s AMS Student Society, The Terry Project, Common Ground, and Adbusters.

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  • Kalle Lasn & Adbusters in the New York Times

    January 2, 2013

    Kalle Lasn and Adbusters were featured in a New York Times article on December 22- just before the holidays, and at the peak of the shopping season. For years, Adbusters and Lasn have been waging war on global consumption, and this year was dubbed “Buy Nothing Christmas”. 

    “‘As our planet gets warmer, as animals go extinct, as the humans get sicker, as our economies bail and our politicians grow ever more twisted,’ Americans just go shopping, Adbusters says on its Web site. Overconsumption is destroying us, yet shopping is ‘our solace, our sedative: consumerism is the opiate of the masses.’

    “‘We’ve got to break the habit,’ Mr. Lasn said in a telephone interview. ‘It will be a shock, but we’ve got to shift to a new paradigm. Otherwise, I’m afraid will be facing a new Dark Age.’”

    The article delves into Lasn’s history, his rise to becoming the iconic figure that sparked the Occupy movement last year, and his commitment to social and economical revolution- not to mention his love for memes.

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  • Kalle Lasn, says in new book Meme Wars: “If we don’t start fighting for a different kind of future, then we’re not going to have a future.”

    December 14, 2012

    Kalle Lasn has been getting loads of attention in the past year as the instigator of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which he and his team at Adbusters branded, visualized, and pushed into the world, creating the spark that has since become a national movement and ideology.

    Lasn has long been convinced that another way to shift away from our destructive economic climate is to change the way economics is taught in schools, to bring alternative ideas into traditional economics programs and allow students to innovate and breath fresh life into ways of thinking about the struggles facing the world economy.

    In a detailed interview with Nicole Powers on Suicide Girls, Lasn talks about the impact he hopes his new book, Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics, will have on the way economics is taught and eventually the way that world economic policy is thought about.

    Says Kalle Lasn, “In our brainstorming sessions here at Adbusters, the only way we could think of shifting the paradigm would be to use the power of students because students have a long history of challenging their leaders and being the original catalysts for revolutions and huge, big shifts that causes and societies go through…They know, young people today are basically inheriting a future that doesn’t compute.

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  • Meme Wars by Kalle Lasn and Adbusters ON SALE TODAY

    November 13, 2012

    “I want to light a fire under the economic students around the world,” says Kalle Lasn.

    Today is the official on sale date of the new book from Kalle Lasn and Adbusters, Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics, which takes aim at the ideologues and institutions behind the world’s most dangerous economics ideas.

    As global civilization tips ever closer toward ecocide, social nightfall, and industrial burnout, Meme Wars offers a blueprint out of the maze. It calls for the one thing that may save us all: a paradigm shift in the theoretical foundations of economics science.

     In the high-energy, stunning visual style of Adbusters, the book is filled with full-color images, gravitas photos essays, telltale graphs, radical commentary and provocative features by leading heretical thinkers committed to creating a better alternative to our current manifestation of capitalism: Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof, Lourdes Benería, Julie Matthaei, Manfred Max-Neef, David Orrell, Paul Gilding, David Batker, Bill Rees, and the father of ecological economics, Herman Daly, among others.

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