An article co-written by Lily and Adam Werbach about the concept of sharing and its arguable bastardisation amongst modern day economics. "Is it just us or is there something a bit awkward about marrying ‘sharing’ with ‘billion dollars’? Unless you are sharing a billion dollars, which would be rather cool."
Project Literacy is a global coalition of organisations from War Child to the Clinton Foundation who agree that illiteracy is a root cause and sustainer of many of the major social challenges we face from gender equality to world hunger. Lily launched the Alphabet of Illiteracy to support the campaign which you can discover more about here.
An interview Lily did with the Guardian about climate change...
"My work in fashion has led me to examine the impact of the things we consume, and why this must change... For centuries, capitalism has ascribed value through competition, anonymity and opacity. As we move into a digital age of transparency, can information, storytelling and a greater understanding of provenance and context shift that narrative to one that values the social and environmental imprints of things? Is a sweater more valuable when it is hand knit? Is it more valuable when you know who knitted it? Is rubber that is hand tapped by indigenous communities – who walk great distances to find it, and which conserves the forest in the meantime – inherently more valuable?"
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"In September 2014, a report published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) found that 20.6 million people were displaced by extreme weather events in 2013. That’s almost three times as many as those fleeing current conflicts.
The number one cause of global relocation now is climate change – yet there is no international recognition for the status of climate change refugees, and no insurance policies for them.... Those who live closest to nature are the least likely to have caused climate change, yet they are the first to feel the effects of change."
"'You are anti-capitalist,' a man told me in a dinner conversation last week. I had just explained to him Impossible.com, the social business I founded to encourage a gift culture through a social network, which I have been traveling America to talk about. 'No,' I said. 'I’m not.'
That night I found myself dwelling on the point. I am not anti-capitalist or indeed anti-anything; political systems are as imperfect and flawed as they may be helpful. They are structures, made by us – subject, like us, to entropy. The commitment to any singular ideology is dangerous."
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"Art to me was, and is, a straightforward desire to make something, a way to see: 'Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!' wrote DH Lawrence. Art had no mantlepiece or pedestal. It didn't cost anything to hold."
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"We approach a tree with diagonal scars like tribal markings across a face. He takes his chisel and draws a new line, perfectly straight, in parallel underneath. Shiny beads of white bubble up to the surface, collect along the crack and then at their tipping point run down and into a metal cup positioned at the end of the line. The tree is bleeding rubber. It's weeping, it's laughing. I'm laughing, because it's so absurd! It seems almost paradoxical that this ordinary looking tree, tough dry bark, scattered throughout the rainforest, weeps latex... a white liquid shiny material that is resilient, water resistant, and insulates against electricity. That this tree becomes gloves, tyres, toys... mad alchemy. The thought crosses my mind that even condoms can be made from trees, which considering overpopulation is considered one of the greatest challenges to the environment, strikes me as almost a cosmic joke."
"Economics may be the most common language and religion of our world. Making us all complicit, accidentally or not, in the web of social and economic relations, which serve in this instance to cut down trees or keep them standing, just as the fisherman who pulls the last bluefin tuna out of the ocean will be no more complicit in its demise than the person who eats it."