It is difficult to find lives that are balanced in a world of consumerism. But together we can start to fix the problem if we discover a more compelling version of the good life than the one we are sold in the shops.
Neal Lawson is author of All Consuming and goes shopping too often but tries not to. When he is not shopping he chairs the pressure group Compass which campaigns for a more equal, democratic and sustainable world. He writes regularly for The Guardian and the New Statesman and sometimes pops up on TV and radio as a political commentator.