STORY OF STUFF PROJECT

Berkeley, CA   |  http://storyofstuff.org/

Mission

We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division. The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, we’re a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Michael O'Heaney

Main address

1442 A Walnut Street Suite #272

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

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EIN

46-4334785

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Citizen Muscle Bootcamp

The Citizen Muscle Boot Camp is an innovative four-week online training program that encourages and enables more sustained involvement in democratic decision making. Each week begins with a three-minute instructional video from our founder—and current Greenpeace USA Executive Director—Annie Leonard, followed by a written lesson and an exercise. Week one focuses on ‘Purpose’ and uses a mad-lib style exercise to guide participants through the development of a personal purpose statement. In week two, ‘Talk,’ we work on participants’ communications skills, helping them forge connections with peers on the issues they care about. In week three, ‘Grow,’ we focus on how to recruit a team around a cause or event. And in week four, ‘Practice,’ participants develop an action plan to implement what they’ve learned.

Population(s) Served

The Story of Stuff Project creates field­leading digital content, reaching tens of millions of viewers with videos, blogs, social media posts and website content that highlights game changing Solutions and the heroes creating and implementing them. The organization activates more viewers of our videos and social media content by aligning it more closely with Story of Stuff Project campaigns. Story of Stuff experiments with apps and other digital engagement platforms that provide opportunities for Community members to explore and reduce their consumption. Lastly, Story of Stuff provides opportunities for our Community members to produce and share their own stories and content across our channels.

Population(s) Served

Catalog Choice’s mission is to stop junk mail for good, saving natural resources and simplifying our members’ lives. Catalog Choice is a program of The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit working to change the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff. Please visit www.catalogchoice.org to learn more about this free service.

Population(s) Served

#breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,300 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a global, unified vision.

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STORY OF STUFF PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andre Carothers

Founder and Senior Fellow, Rockwood Leadership Institute

Annie Leonard

Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Amir Talai

Actor

Beverley Thorpe

Co-Director of Clean Production Action

David Howitt

Ken Geiser

Professor Emeritus of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No