Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.
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The official launch for Postcards from Scotland isn't for another couple of weeks but books for two of the three new titles are now in the bookshops. I've given a couple of talks recently to various audiences on my argument on materialism and it has gone down exceptionally well with lots of people buying the Great Takeover so I know there is real interest in the topic. It was also great to get my first bit of reader feedback. It was from a young Scottish guy living in London called Dave Hazledean. What's uncanny about his comments is that they are exactly what I'd hoped the response would be from readers:
Dear Ms Craig,
I have just finished reading your recent book "The Great Takeover" and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for what I found to be an outstanding and compelling read.
Several of the themes in the book (such as the dominance of materialistic values, celebrity culture, overt fiscal aspiration, youth sexualisation and 'turbo capitalism') are issues in today's society that have concerned me during my short adult life. As someone with an intrinsically different outlook their pervasiveness has, at times, caused me to feel marginalised and somewhat despondent.
However, by highlighting them so succinctly and providing several suggestions for action within the concluding chapter, you have inspired in me a sense of hope and motivation for the future so, for that, I am grateful. There are also several books that you source from which I will investigate further.
If you are unfamiliar with the work of Charles Eisenstein, you may be interested in his book 'Sacred Economics' and, in particular, his theory of the 'gift economy'. Several short videos of him discussing it can also be found on Youtube.
I look forward to reading your other book "The Scots' Crisis of Confidence" and wish you every success with The Centre For Confidence and Well-Being and your other future endeavours.
With kind regards,