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On to a New Year!

On to a New Year!

Wrapping up the year, the Transforming Cultures blog, and sharing my thanks!

Finding Ways to Sell Degrowth--and Profit in the Process

Finding Ways to Sell Degrowth–and Profit in the Process

Degrowth is coming, whether we want it or not. But for the entrepreneurial, here are some ways to profit from the transition.

Life at (a cluttered, stuff-filled American) Home

Life at (a cluttered, stuff-filled American) Home

What do you get when a team of anthropologists team up to study the stuff found in the homes of 32 American families?

Brand + Vandalism = Brandalism

Brand + Vandalism = Brandalism

24 artists appropriate billboards to challenge consumerism through the new Brandalism Project.

The Big Apple Takes on the Big Gulp

The Big Apple Takes on the Big Gulp

The mayor of New York is trying to dam the flow of sugary drinks into the city.

The Colonization of Public Spaces By OOH

The Colonization of Public Spaces By OOH

The Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Industry has spread its tentacles into nearly every nook and cranny outside your front door.

Big Brother in Africa

Big Brother in Africa

A reality TV shows concentrates Western consumerist propaganda and broadcasts it straight into the living rooms of the African consumer class.

The World of Creative Activism

The World of Creative Activism

Often the most creative form of advertising these days is anti-advertising.

The True Value of Saving Energy

The True Value of Saving Energy

Sometimes ads do more harm than good: like this energy saving ad that encourages consumerism.

6 Things To Think About This Earth Day

6 Things To Think About This Earth Day

Tomorrow is Earth Day–what better way to celebrate than to nap, work less, and spend time with friends?

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce

B corporations may be the start of a business revolution–one that prioritizes the planet and people and not just profit.

To Buy or Deface Ads, That Is the Question

To Buy or Deface Ads, That Is the Question

Should people pool funds to buy ads for social change? Or should they simply co-opt them to get their messages out?

Exploiting the Lorax for Fun and Profit

Exploiting the Lorax for Fun and Profit

More companies are embedding greenwash into their marketing campaigns–including the 70 companies that have lined up to cash in on the classic Dr. Seuss eco-fable The Lorax.

Uncle Sam Says Garden…and Eat Vitamin Donuts

Uncle Sam Says Garden…and Eat Vitamin Donuts

Eat Vitamin Donuts, Save Sugar, Garden More, Eat More Fish. These are just a few of the recommendations of the U.S. government over the past century. One they forgot: don’t take money from food companies.

CDC Is Hungry for Braaaainsss

CDC Is Hungry for Braaaainsss

Zombies are now promoting the CDC’s disaster preparedness guide. But not as well as they could be. Here are a few tips for the CDC’s newest henchmen to reach even more eyes, hearts, minds, and of course, brains of the American people.

Lord of Recycling: An Eco-parody

Lord of Recycling: An Eco-parody

“You Shall Not TRASH!” So sayeth Gandalf in the newest epic, “Lord of Recycling.” Watch it at Transforming Cultures and see a great new eco-parody of “The Lord of the Rings” and a powerful example of viral social marketing.

Bikes, E-Waste, Petlessness! Oh My! Reflections from Portland

Bikes, E-Waste, Petlessness! Oh My! Reflections from Portland

I spent the past week in Portland sharing the Transforming Cultures message and saw some great sustainability initiatives and some scary trends as well.

Mickey Mouse's Iconic Role in Modeling Consumerism

Mickey Mouse’s Iconic Role in Modeling Consumerism

Do Disney cartoons lead viewers to believe in and act out Disney’s consumeristic fantasy? What about modern icons like the Disney Princess and the iPod? Can you sing M-I-C, K-E-Y, C-N-S-U-M?

Next Step Beyond Big Scary Labels: Scary Names

Next Step Beyond Big Scary Labels: Scary Names

The U.S. is finally catching up with the rest of the world with its new cigarette labels, and Australia is leaping ahead with its new very restrictive labels. But who will be the first to take the next bold step of legally changing the name of cigarettes to “cancer sticks?”

Making Borscht Cool Again

Making Borscht Cool Again

I read recently about how the Gold Pure Foods Product Co. is trying to make borscht cool again. Considering how healthy and sustainable borscht is, I applied the Transforming Cultures formula to see how we could normalize borscht consumption once again in the U.S. Read on to learn what ultimate fighting, baby food, cartoon mascots, and skyrocketing grain prices have to do with the future of borscht.

The Biggest Winner in the Academy Awards: Brands!

The Biggest Winner in the Academy Awards: Brands!

Learn the winners of the two newest Oscar categories: Best Brand and Most Branded Pictures. They were both close races but in the end, only two can be victorious….