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January 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Wallet Activism: A Virtual Evening with Tanja Hester and Jeanette Ruiz


January 12, 2022
7:00 pm

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

A Virtual Evening with Tanja Hester

in conversation with

Jeanette Ruiz


Wallet Activism: Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change 

(BenBella Books, $17.95)

Wednesday, January 12, 7 PM ET | On Crowdcast


About the Book:

How do we vote with our dollars, not just to make ourselves feel good, but to make a real difference?

Wallet Activism challenges you to rethink your financial power so can feel confident spending, earning, and saving money in ways that align with your values.

While we call the American system a democracy, capitalism is the far more powerful force in our lives. The greatest power we have—especially when political leaders won’t move quickly enough—is how we use our money: where we shop, what we buy, where we live, what institutions we entrust with our money, who we work for, and where we donate determines the trajectory of our society and our planet. While our votes and voices are essential, too, Wallet Activism helps you use your money for real impact.

It can feel overwhelming to determine “the right way” to spend: a choice that might seem beneficial to the environment may have unintended consequences that hurt people. And marketers are constantly lying to you, making it hard to know what choice is best. Wallet Activism empowers us to vote with our wallets by making sense of all the information coming at us, and teaching us to cultivate a more holistic mindset that considers the complex, interrelated ecosystems of people and the planet together, not as opposing forces.

From Tanja Hester, Our Next Life blogger and author of Work Optional, comes the mindset-shifting guide to help you put your money where your values are. Wallet Activism is not a list of dos and don’ts that will soon become outdated, nor does it call for anti-consumerist perfection.

Instead, it goes beyond simple purchasing decisions to explore:
 The impacts a financial decision can have across society and the environment
 How to create a personal spending philosophy based on your values
 Practical questions to quickly assess the “goodness” of a product or an entity you may buy from
 The ethics of earning money, choosing what foods to eat, employing others, investing responsibly, choosing where to live, and giving money away

For anyone interested in leaving the world better than you found it, Wallet Activismhelps you build habits that will make your money matter.


About the Author:

TANJA HESTER is the author of Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change and Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way. After spending most of her career as a consultant to Democratic politics and progressive issue campaigns, and before that as a public radio journalist, Tanja retired early at the age of thirty-eight. She documented the process on her award-winning financial independence/ retire early (FIRE) blog, Our Next Life. She’s been an outspoken voice in the personal finance media community to consider systemic barriers and opportunity gaps, rather than simply pushing people with lots of advantages already to accumulate more wealth, part of why the New York Times called her “the matriarch of the women’s FIRE movement.” She hosts a podcast also called Wallet Activism, writes an occasional opinion column for MarketWatch, and lives in a burgeoning permaculture food forest she’s growing in North Lake Tahoe, California, with her husband, Mark Bunge, and a flock of tiny rescue dogs. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @our_nextlife and visit her blog at OurNextLife.com.

About the Moderator:

JEANETTE RUIZ (she/her) is a multi-passionate Miami native. In her current role as Program Director for the Miami Climate Alliance, she works with the community and member organizations towards people-centered solutions for our climate crisis. Formerly the co-host of the podcast, Planted in Miami, she and husband, Alex Ruiz, sought out individuals pushing the city forward through their actions. Passionate about animal welfare and the environment, she worked as the Development Director for the #1 vegan food festival in the country, Seed Food and Wine Festival and co-lead the Miami running club chapter of No Meat Athlete. Jeanette obtained her undergraduate degree in International Business from Wesleyan College and a Masters from Florida International University in Mass Communications.  Also certified as a yoga instructor, Jeanette incorporates her training into her work as an activist and organizer and hopes to expand more into healing justice.