The age of stupid

Liz Laine, who leads on sustainable energy at Consumer Focus from the new year, tells me she is one of the ‘crowd Pete Postlewaitefunders’ of a new film – The Age of Stupid. The film is due for launch in March 2009 and stars Pete Postlethwaite, looking back from the mess of a globally warmed planet to what went wrong in our age today.

The Directors are Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and John Battsek (One Day in September) and the complete costs of the film were raised by subscriptions from hundreds of people, who now have a share in the venture. I see Fred Mulder, Anaradha Vittachi, Mark B are in the crowd too. You can still buy Age of Stupid stickers, fair trade T-shirts and compost bin too to help out. The organisers hope to use the same model of ‘crowd funding’ to raise the costs for a campaign, ‘not stupid’, to go along with the film.

Smart activism!

One thought on “The age of stupid

  1. Ed,

    As an avid reader of your blog (and of the Hooper Report!), might I just offer a quick informal observation/anecdote on your reference to ‘partnership’.

    Many years ago (in a different existence) I was involved in establishing a close, co-operative, mutually beneficial working relationship between a government department and a private sector company. When I naively described this as a partnership a whole bunch of lawyers jumped on me from a great height. They insisted that a partnership is a formal legal arrangement with a very precise definition (something along the lines of an association of two or more people who agree to share in the profits and losses of a business venture) whereas what I was doing was establishing a [informal] partnering arrangement. So there is clearly some subtlety here! But regardless of the semantics,I shall be interested to see if Royal Mail have any more success in partnering with the Dutch than they did in 2002 when a huge amount of time, energy and money was wasted on merger negotiations…

    All best wishes,


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