Second Virtual Community Forum Hosted by the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production
The Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) is pleased to announce that the second event in its series of three Virtual Community Forums (via webinar) will be held on February 13 (the last session will be on February 27). This session will highlight the ongoing activities of the Working Group on Green Value Chains and the Working Group on Social Change Beyond Consumerism.
The 90-minute webinar will begin at 23:00 (Japan), 15:00 (Europe), 14:00 (UK/Ireland), 9:00 (East Coast of US), 7:00 (Mountain Zone of US) and 6:00 (West Coast of US). Participants should confirm the hour that corresponds to their respective part of the world and register by completing the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelsDkf5L7PR04f3LgWwFsKLzErrZ5VoREfiQ9XUIDSzucY-w/viewform. All interested individuals are invited to join this event, but advanced registration is required to ensure receipt of the webinar link and access to relevant preparatory materials. General information about the KAN is available at http://futureearth.org/future-earth-sscp.
Working Group on Global Value Chains: The scale and complexity of contemporary global value chains-and their socioeconomic and ecological implications-require new conceptual approaches and methodological tools. Business organizations, from small-scale farmers to large multinational enterprises, play key roles in addressing this challenge. Over the past few decades, a number of perspectives have been put forward to frame this responsibility. Notions such as the circular economy, the sharing economy, and corporate social responsibility are all important socioeconomic perspectives. The academic debate has different disciplinary camps trying to understand the causalities underlying sustainable value chains. While rational choice-based scholars have focused on the importance of creating micro-level incentives and individual benefits, field-level and more structurally focused debates have centered on power structures, overarching norms, and wider societal pressures. As a result, we not only have a variety of terms and tools but also contesting academic explanations and vantage points to understand the challenge of a transition toward sustainable global value chains.
Working Group on Social change Beyond Consumerism: The dominant system of social organization in most countries of the global North has evolved over the past several hundred years from agrarianism to industrialism to consumerism. Several factors are now contributing to erosion of the key underpinnings of consumerist lifestyles in several of these nations, most notably increasing income inequality, contracting size of the middle class, declining participation in wage labor, aging and shrinking populations, and technological shifts occurring with respect to digitalization, automation, and robotization. This presentation will focus on how these conditions can be addressed by research from the standpoint of sustainable consumption and production.
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