If you’ve been to a Pride parade in recent years, you’ll notice the procession of rainbow-themed billboards on wheels. Yes, a good portion of sign real estate has been occupied by all sorts of brands. Bleh…the corporatization of Pride is now mainstream.
Black Friday? Yes, I have fond memories of those hectic early mornings.
I was a 90s kid, after all.
Black Fridays were, inevitably, linked to Thanksgiving. And it was so far out of the ordinary, so different from daily life, that it was quite the object of fascination to me.
It was a novelty.
And when you’re a kid, novelty rules.
The state of the world now — climate change, environmental damage, the increasing gap between rich and poor, the rise of individualism over community — these are all things I worry about.
Because I’m concerned about some of the issues raised above, I don’t really feel selling, as it is, as I see it a lot of the time, is enough for me.
I cannot sell or help people to sell without a conscience — there’s too much at stake.
Let’s get one thing straight. We’re not trying to bring down capitalism.
No, what we’re trying to change is consumerism.
Ideally, we would be able to snap our fingers and wake up tomorrow as perfect individuals with completely ethical and eco-friendly lifestyles.
In reality, it's not so simple. (After all, we ARE only human.)
I was turning the corner, readying myself for the final sprint. I could see the finish line (more like... start line!): Unconventional Agency’s website launch.
That’s when I found two things that gave me a boost of inspiration:
One of the pillars of Unconventional Agency grew out of a single idea: the belief in the power of the story.
Stories have power over every aspect of our lives, whether they are stories that we tell ourselves, ones we share with our loved ones, or those that exist within society and the global human narrative.
In any story, the characters in them are presented with the concept of agency.