Version 3.2_September 2016
Academic Special Session: Sufficiency Policy for Sustainable Degrowth
Sufficiency is the anti-thesis to the dominant orientation towards getting ever “more, further and faster”. Often treated as a lifestyle issue for the better-off, it essentially requires (1) a fundamental policy change to offering new opportunity spaces, from advertisement- and commerce free spaces via repairable design to reverting work intensification, and (2) a change in societal standards and behavioural norms, in acceptance and acceptability, and only as a last point voluntary individual behavioural change. With its intrinsic links to environment, social and labour policy, it can be a bridge concept for popularising degrowth. However, communicative and conceptual challenges need to be addressed.
Given this broad approach the session will touch upon issues cross-cutting different conference subcategories, with a rimary focus on work, consumption and advertising, social limits of growth, well-being and good life, and a secondary focus on infrastructure/cities, transport, mobility, commons, social enterprises, cooperatives and the solidarity economy.
The presentations will be:
Sufficiency policy: Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt
The challenges of sufficiency communication: Anja Humburg MA
Sufficiency and the future of labour, a contribution to socially sustainable degrowth: Dr. Joachim H. Spangenberg
Sufficiency, Technology, Degrowth and Happiness : Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt
Start time: 14:30
Track: This is the 22nd century
Concurrent Special Sessions
- Strategies for degrowth in a Nordic context
- Rethinking Degrowth with Diverse Economies (Panel 2)
- Forging new/old sociocultural systems driven by motives other than growth
- Education for socio-ecological transformations
- Green Economy and carbon metrics
- In search for sustainable local food systems: Sociometabolic perspectives
- A method and a movement: the progress of the Community Supported Agriculture
- Housing for Degrowth
- Debating work in a degrowth society.
- Infrastructure and organisational patterns for socio-technical commons