At PLNU, Dave Bruno is the manager of online marketing. Online, he is somewhat of a sensation. And recently, his new book, The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, is garnering some major attention.
In 2007, Dave and his family did some summer cleaning. When he looked around his garage, he started to feel swamped with stuff - stuff he rarely or never used. So he began to minimize, all the way down to 100 things. He vowed to keep his personal belongings (not counting his family's belongings) at or below that number. He called his undertaking "The 100 Thing Challenge" and began writing about it on his blog, guynameddave.com. From the echoing responses, it seemed like a lot of people all around the world felt trapped by things.
His blog has launched numerous opportunities for Dave to share his story and open up an important conversation about why we feel we need things and what freedom can be found when we minimize them. He's been featured in Time magazine, on Oprah.com, the 700 Club, and in numerous other media outlets.
He and his readers are still taking up the greater challenge "to fight American-style consumerism."
Check out Dave's latest interviews in print and on TV:
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