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Graham Hill 談家當少一點,快樂多一點

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

 

Photo of three lions hunting on the Serengeti.

講者:Graham Hill

2011年3月演講,2011年10月在TED2011上線

 

翻譯:TED

編輯:朱學恆、洪曉慧

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關於這場演講

作家兼設計師Graham Hill問:少一些家當,小一點空間,可以帶給我們更多快樂嗎?他以佔據較少空間這個觀點出發,提出三點規劃我們生活方式的原則。

 

關於Graham Hill

Graham Hill是TreeHugger.com網站的創始者,他走遍世界講述關於永續性的故事,也在他的Twitter @Ghill上與大家分享交流。

 

 

為什麼要聽他演講

 

Graham Hill(@Ghill)是TreeHugger.com這個生態及影片部落格的創始者,如他所說,目地在於協助將「永續性推入主流」。這個部落格有前衛與國際化的設計風格,以及來自各個領域的團隊,致力於將複雜議題轉變成日常概念。它被稱為「綠色CNN」。TreeHugger團隊甚至被邀請加入探索通信網路,成為其綠地球宣言的一份子,目前Hill亦出現在與環保相關的有線電視頻道。

 

在創立Treehugger之前,Hill研究的是建築和設計(他的副業是製作那些很酷的希臘陶瓷杯)。他的另一間公司,ExceptionLab,致力於創造具永續性的物品原型-想想用回收百葉窗製作的檯燈以及經特殊改造的花盆,同時也是空氣淨化器。

 

Hill是《在周末以外的日子吃素》一書作者,可至亞馬遜網站及蘋果iBooks商店購買這本TED 叢書。

 

請至Life Edited contest on TreeHugger >>觀看所有Graham Hill的相關資料。

 

「這社會應該要讓你可以成為一位現代化的城市居民,且同時仍然關心環境。」

-Graham Hill

 

Graham Hill的英語網上資料

Home: TreeHugger.com

Article: "Try Weekday Veg"

Twitter: @ghill

TED Book: Weekday Vegetarian

 

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Graham Hill 談家當少一點,快樂多一點

 

箱子裡有什麼?無論是什麼,都一定非常重要,因為不管我去哪裡都帶著走,從一間公寓、到另一間、再到另一間。

 

(笑聲)

 

(掌聲)

 

聽起來熟悉嗎?你們知道我們美國人使用的空間比50年前多了三倍嗎?整整三倍。所以你想,既然多了這麼多空間,放東西應該綽綽有餘了,對嗎?才怪!有個新興產業出現了,價值220億美元、占地22億平方英呎的產業,為客戶提供個人儲存空間。我們的空間多了三倍,但我們變得更愛買東西了,所以需要更多空間。這導致了什麼後果?一堆卡債、大量環境污染,還有,或許不是巧合,我們的幸福指數50年來毫無起色。

 

我想建議一個更好的做法:少一些或許就是多一些。相信大多數人都曾體驗過「少」的喜悅。大學時-你的宿舍;旅行時-飯店房間;露營時-基本上用不著什麼,或許有條小船。無論你的經歷是什麼,別的不說,我敢肯定這給了你多一點自由,多一點時間。因此我想建議大家,家當少一點,空間小一點,等於少一點污染,更是省錢的妙招,你的生活也會更輕鬆愉快些。

 

所以我在lifeedited.org發起所謂「簡約生活」計畫,推廣這個理念,並找出一些很棒的解決方案。首先:我把曼哈頓420平方英呎公寓的設計提案,交給Mutopo及Jovoto.com進行網上共同設計,我希望以下需求一應俱全:家庭工作室、10人用餐區、客房,還得放得下我全套風箏衝浪設備。在來自世界各地300多件提案中,我終於找到這個最佳方案。我買了420平方英呎的空間,而不是600平方英呎,當場省下20萬美元。小空間可以用小一號的設備,省下更多錢,也少製造一些環境問題。因為它的設計確實包含了我喜歡的一切,是專屬於我的設計,我非常期待能住在那裡。

 

那麼,怎樣才能過簡約生活?三個主要方法:首先,你必須毫不留情地去蕪存菁,就像清理動脈中的廢物一樣。好幾年沒穿的T恤?是該丟的時候了。我們必須除去生活中無關緊要的事物,必須學會不盲從潮流,必須三思而後消費,問問自己,「這樣我會比較快樂嗎?真的嗎?」當然,我們應該擁有一些很棒的東西,但我們要的是那種愛不釋手的東西,不僅是隨便一件物品。

 

第二點,我們的新口號:小才性感。我們要的是高效能的空間,我們要的是設計為經常使用,而不是很少用到的東西。為何要買一個六口爐,如果你平常連三口都用不到?我們要的是可套疊的東西,我們要的是方便堆疊的東西,還有數位化的;你可以把文件、書籍、電影都化為無形,就像變魔術一樣。

 

最後,我們要的是多功能的空間及家具;合而為一的洗手台及馬桶;可變成床的餐桌;同一個空間,一個小邊桌伸展成人10座餐桌。這是一件簡約生活方案的優勝作品,將活動牆和多用途家具整合在一起可挪出許多空間。看看這張咖啡桌-它可以拉高、伸展成為10人餐桌;我的辦公室可以折疊毫不費力地隱藏起來;只用兩根手指就能把床從牆裡變出來。有訪客呢?推開活動牆,牆後有幾張摺疊床;當然,還有我的家庭劇院。

 

所以我不是說每個人都得生活在420平方英呎的空間裡,但想想簡約生活的好處,從3000減為2000平方英呎,從1500減為1000平方英呎。大多數人,或許是所有的人,這幾天都過的蠻愉快的,只有幾個袋子,也許只有個小空間-旅館客房。所以當你回家後,踏進大門時,不妨思考一下,問問自己,「我能讓生活簡約些嗎?這會讓我得到多一點自由嗎?也許多一點時間?」

 

箱子裡有什麼?其實並不重要,我知道我用不著。你的箱子裡有什麼?也許,只是也許,少一些或許就是多一些。所以,讓我們一起騰出空間,留給更美好的東西吧!

 

謝謝。

 

(掌聲)

 

以下為系統擷取之英文原文

About this Talk

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

About the Speaker

Graham Hill is the founder of TreeHugger.com; he travels the world to tell the story of sustainability, and tweets at @GHill. Full bio and more links

Transcript

What's in the box? Whatever it is must be pretty important, because I've traveled with it, moved it, from apartment to apartment to apartment.

(Laughter)

(Applause)

Sound familiar? Did you know that we Americans have about three times the amount of space we did 50 years ago? Three times. So you'd think, with all this extra space, we'd have plenty of room for all our stuff. Nope. There's a new industry in town, a 22 billion-dollar, 2.2 billion sq. ft. industry: that of personal storage. So we've got triple the space, but we've become such good shoppers that we need even more space. So where does this lead? Lots of credit card debt, huge environmental footprints, and perhaps not coincidentally, our happiness levels flat-lined over the same 50 years.

Well I'm here to suggest there's a better way, that less might actually equal more. I bet most of us have experienced at some point the joys of less: college -- in your dorm, traveling -- in a hotel room, camping -- rig up basically nothing, maybe a boat. Whatever it was for you, I bet that, among other things, this gave you a little more freedom, a little more time. So I'm going to suggest that less stuff and less space are going to equal a smaller footprint. It's actually a great way to save you some money. And it's going to give you a little more ease in your life.

So I started a project called Life Edited at lifeedited.org to further this conversation and to find some great solutions in this area. First up: crowd-sourcing my 420 sq. ft. apartment in Manhattan with partners Mutopo and Jovoto.com. I wanted it all -- home office, sit down dinner for 10, room for guests, and all my kite surfing gear. With over 300 entries from around the world, I got it, my own little jewel box. By buying a space that was 420 sq. ft. instead of 600, immediately I'm saving 200 grand. Smaller space is going to make for smaller utilities -- save some more money there, but also a smaller footprint. And because it's really designed around an edited set of possessions -- my favorite stuff -- and really designed for me, I'm really excited to be there.

So how can you live little? Three main approaches. First of all, you have to edit ruthlessly. We've got to clear the arteries of our lives. And that shirt that I hadn't worn in years? It's time for me to let it go. We've got to cut the extraneous out of our lives, and we've got to learn to stem the inflow. We need to think before we buy. Ask ourselves, "Is that really going to make me happier? Truly?" By all means, we should buy and own some great stuff. But we want stuff that we're going to love for years, not just stuff.

Secondly, our new mantra: small is sexy. We want space efficiency. We want things that are designed for how they're used the vast majority of the time, not that rare event. Why have a six burner stove when you rarely use three? So we want things that nest, we want things that stack, and we want it digitized. You can take paperwork, books, movies, and you can make it disappear -- it's magic.

Finally, we want multifunctional spaces and housewares -- a sink combined with a toilet, a dining table becomes a bed -- same space, a little side table stretches out to seat 10. In the winning Life Edited scheme in a render here, we combine a moving wall with transformer furniture to get a lot out of the space. Look at the coffee table -- it grows in height and width to seat 10. My office folds away, easily hidden. My bed just pops out of the wall with two fingers. Guests? Move the moving wall, have some fold-down guest beds. And of course, my own movie theater.

So I'm not saying that we all need to live in 420 sq. ft. But consider the benefits of an edited life. Go from 3,000 to 2,000, from 1,500 to 1,000. Most of us, maybe all of us, are here pretty happily for a bunch of days with a couple of bags, maybe a small space, a hotel room. So when you go home and you walk through your front door, take a second and ask yourselves, "Could I do with a little life editing? Would that give me a little more freedom? Maybe a little more time?"

What's in the box? It doesn't really matter. I know I don't need it. What's in yours? Maybe, just maybe, less might equal more. So let's make room for the good stuff.

Thank you.

(Applause)
 


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