What would YOU put in an online course about decluttering + being an experientialist?

What would YOU put in an online course about decluttering + being an experientialist?


This is not your average post. (Hey, I’m not sure what is our average post is. We’re still working on that ūüėČ

I’m about to create an online course with The Idler. They’re a great partner because the guy who runs it, Tom, is a really nice guy. He’s smart, funny, warm, left-field, and every time I come into contact with him he makes me smile.

The question: what would you want to see in the course?

(Of course, I’m assuming you’d be interested.)

I want¬†to call it “Stuff Stuffocation!¬†Tidy up your life and become an experientialist”.

Or, how about: “Viva the Experience Revolution! How to¬†be an awesome experientialist”.

Or, how about: “Stuff Stuffocation! How to tidy up your life and join the Experience Revolution”.

The plan so far

The plan is¬†based on the courses I’ve run at places like The Guardian and the¬†School of Life. The shape of those workshops¬†is here.

The plan is to make 4 hours of lectures and classes, split into 15-20 chunks.

I think that’ll look something like this:

  1. Introduction
    • Introduction to me
    • Outline of what to expect from the course
  2. Meet the Joneses
    • A warm-up activity where we draw pictures of your pesky neighbours.
    • ‚Ķ and discover something curious about ourselves
  3. The story of Stuffocation
    • Talk: How we got here
    • Getting rid of the guilt
  4. The story of Stuffocation II
    • Talk: How I got here
  5. The secret hoarder in you (and me, and everybody)
    • Talk¬†+exercise: ‚ÄúMe and My Things, You and Your Things‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ where we ‘fess up to the things we own.
  6. Why it’s so hard to get rid of stuff
    • The psychologists’ view
    • + tips on getting rid of¬†stuff
  7. The Joy of Socks game
    • The surprising¬†learning about your relationship¬†with stuff you can find in your sock drawer
    • Share your sock snaps
  8. How can we clear out the clutter and solve Stuffocation?‚Ä®
    • Alternatives for solving Stuffocation at home: from the book Stuffocation, & also from what people have shared.
    • What are your current methods? Share with the community.
  9. The way of the experientialist
    • The 3 steps to experientialism, and why the stuff doesn’t even matter
  10. The 7 reasons why science says experiences are better than material goods at making us happy
    • Talk.
    • Exercise: put the scientific theories to the test!
      • At some point in the next 48 hours, instead of talking about what you do, talk about¬†your material goods ‚ÄĒ and notice¬†the reaction of the person you’re talking to
      • Book an experience far in the future
      • Watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
      • Think of 3 of your most treasured material possessions. Think of 3 of your most treasured experience memories. Pick at least 3 adjectives to describe each of them. Note them down. Now, get a large piece of paper, draw a stick/cartoon version of you in the middle, draw a circle round it. Now, write down¬†those material possessions and those experiences in bubbles. Where are they?¬†Do you notice anything?
      • Write a list of significant experiential and material purchases they had made. And, two, to write a short story about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Carter and Gilovich said they should include at least one thing from the lists they’d written in their stories. As expected, people were far more likely to include their experiences in their narratives than their possessions.
  11. Hot or not: the 5-point plan that’ll help you choose¬†better experiences
    • Talk: Introducing¬†the new 5-star Happiness Rating.
    • Exercise:¬†Hot or not? Rate your experiences
  12. Your experience audit
    • Exercise: calculate a monthly audit of your spending on stuff/experiences
  13. The 7 habits of highly effective experientialists
    • Talk: introducing¬†the 7 habits
    • Exercise:¬†answer the questions that each of the¬†7 habits asks you
  14. Your Experientialist Roadmap
    • Introducing the Experientialist¬†Roadmap
    • Exercise: think about it, and post it
  15. The Experience Game
    • Talk: Can you do a month of no stuff? A month where you embrace the Experience Revolution?
    • For inspiration, watch the movie Brewster’s Millions (or read¬†the original book from 1902)
    • Play the Experience Game for a month or when you can‚Ķ
    • Share via #expgame and Facebook.com/Stuffocation
  16. Viva the revolution!
    • Talk: why this isn’t only about you, why¬†you have to share this
    • Document & share your efforts to make the Experience Revolution happen

It won’t just be a listen and learn type of course. It’ll be a do and share.¬†Since people learn best by doing ‚Äď and by making public commitments, by sharing their progress, and by celebrating/being celebrated¬†by their peers ‚ÄĒ we’re going to make this highly social. We’ll share progress via the Facebook.com/Stuffocation page, with Twitter Hashtags, and our new website (coming soon!) which will all be about the Experience Revolution.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts by emailing me: james@stuffocation.org or commenting at Facebook.com/stuffocation.

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