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Enlightenment in the age of materialism: Carol Craig at TEDxGlasgow

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

Rising materialism is eroding both individual and collective well-being, says Carol Craig, founder of Glasgow charity the Centre for Confidence and Well-being. This is the thread that weaves together many of the big issues of our age --the bonus culture, loss of standards in public life, rising inequality, overuse of resources and rising mental health problems. But it need not be like this if we wake up and stop buying into these dominant values and assumptions.

More About Carol...

Carol Craig is Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being -- a small charitable organisation which she set up in Glasgow in 2005 and which in 2012 is launching several initiatives on materialism. The website features 'Enlightenment in the Age of Materialism', which contains free information and resources.

Carol is author of three books: The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, and The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow.

Carol has a Ph. D in politics from the University of Edinburgh and worked in the BBC for thirteen years before setting up her own training and development consultancy.

In the first phase of the Centre's existence the focus was positive psychology and Carol was seen internationally as one of the leading exponents of this new approach. However, in the past few years the Centre has broadened its focus by highlighting other factors which affect well-being (such as contact with the natural world, exercise and inequality). The Centre, under Carol's leadership is now focusing on materialism.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 25

Salix storm
Great Talk! The materialistic view causes all sorts of psychological problems. According to materialism, you are a freak of nature and you have nothing in common with your surroundings. You are a machine and all your feelings and emotions are nothing more than chemical reactions and programming. No wonder people are depressed, shallow, compulsive and suicidal these days! Materialistic view has caused us humans to be disconnected from nature because we think that we are separate and superior to the universe! Materialists answer to all your life questions is to consume consume and consume, and take drugs if you don’t feel well.  It is time to stop listening to these closed minded materialists and think for ourselves before it is too late.
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Benedict Malinao
Great talk Carol! Materialism is truly a culprit in our society. Imagine if everyone shared everything.. would people be poor? We need to be back in a collective society, "we" before "me".
liontiigerbear
I don't know about spirituality but I think getting out more and connecting with others means a lot.
Emily Chang
Thank you, wonderful talk. 
BigChief014
This is a magnificent video! You are an inspiration, Carol.
Rob Buser
Love this video...thank you Mrs. Graic. Pls go google The Avatar Course. Hope you and the readers find enlightenment that way. (...just a suggestion and an option) I sure did. Rob Buser : ) 
JK387
LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this video ms craig. so awesome and indepth in TRUTH. 
JK387
Great video. thanks so much for posting this. awesome. wealth of nations is awesome. love Scotland. from Kentucky, usa. i'm scots-irish. love my heritage. as a Christian we have to strive to help those that are "the least of these" - I despise materialism....
Peaceful Warrior
We have raped the planet for the resources and have fattened ourselves on all the toys, yet do not have as you said, any self value based upon anything real. It is time to let it all go and return to the sharing and community interests rather than self interests. My friend Mandy has written an amazing book about this subject, see below. Thank you once again for displaying the courage to be daring. see acloudcuckooland dot blogspot dot co dot uk Love and light to you.
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