Stuff on a table

Americans buy more stuff—and throw it away—than any other nation on the planet. We shove our extra stuff in storage facilities. We make TV shows about hoarders. We create massive collections—of art, objects, and information. Around the globe, more people have access to basic necessities (the stuff we need to thrive and survive)—refrigerators, air conditioning, and (increasingly so) the Internet—yet inequity grows.

Join us April 28–30 for Springfest/2017: Stuff which will shine a spotlight on our relation to objects, the things we covet, treasure, or deem disposable. We will explore the varying cultural and social relations that develop around stuff, from hoarding and curating, to art-making and storytelling. But we will also explore Stuff as a matter for policy, whether in devising healthcare systems, stewarding the commons, electing politicians, or sharing and protecting information. And, as more and more things live in “the cloud,” we’ll look at how what we accumulate changes.

The Springfest/17 lineup will feature Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg and lifestyle influencer Marie Kondo, among 20+ other programs.

Sandberg will be joined by author Adam Grant, who co-wrote her newest book Option B. Their conversation, like the book, will be an introspective and deeply personal look at loss and resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

Springfest/17: Stuff Speakers Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant; Photo Credit Matt Albiani

Kondo, the master organizer and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, will come to Chicago to discuss how she created the KonMari Method, which advocates for holding onto objects which “spark joy” and winnowing possessions which do not.

The full Springfest/17: Stuff line-up will be released on March 2, with member presale beginning March 8 at 10 AM. Tickets will go on sale to the general public March 15 at 10 AM.

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