I often find Thomas Friedman to be quite insightful. A great quote from this article, that echoes the principles of my resolution: "We must have growth, but we must grow in a different way. For starters, economies need to transition to the concept of net-zero..."
I was inspired by "The 100 thing challenge", an idea I first read about in Time magazine... I'm not brave enough (yet) to reduce my material things to 100 items or less, but I did come up with a similar-in-theme New Year Resolution for 2009: give away/sell/toss more items than I accumulate.
My ground rules: whenever I purchase or otherwise acquire a new thing, I'll properly dispose of some other thing. The things should be of roughly equivalent monetary value, and I'll try to make sure that they both come from the same part of my life. For the sake of this exercise, I'm defining things as items that are meant to be used for more than a year... so food, toilet paper, etc. don't count. On the other hand, pants, a calendar, a bike tire do count.
This blog is just meant to be a record of this resolution... both of what's coming in and what's going out.