This was the first image that grabbed my brains and shook 'em all around. Not just the squint-making colour scheme, but the idea that being part of the Occupy Movement might be something I could do without living in a tent next to a portapotty downtown. And that meant that this was the first thing that gave me hope that I might in fact, become part of the change.
One thing I've learned about trying to do something different is that I have to make it possible. And I can guarantee you that moving all of my shopping to local, independent merchants is unlikely. I like Thrifty's too much, and Costco still feels necessary to justify paying more for that good service back at said Thrifty's. I also just figured out that Banana Republic jeans fit me and are reasonable with the 40% coupon they seem to email me every other week.
But I can start... adjusting. I can start moving my money towards independent retailers and vendors who may just be feeding their own families but are probably also feeding a few others. I can afford to pay a bit more (5% more? 10% more? I don't know, but more. I can afford more.) for the privilege of saying Yes to the hard work and risk those merchants are investing in my community.
Puddlegear, Buddhakind Coffee Co., Norquip... these are my people who are working hard to provide something a bit better. They feed their own families with this work, and then they feed a few others.
IDEA #1 Response:
Who else do we know who we can support? How much more can you afford?