One Earth co-hosted a North American workshop to transform how we make, use and throw away stuff (workshop website). It brought together 40 participants from across sectors from the 7-9 October, including Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff Project), Bob Massie (The New Economics Institute), Chad Park (The Natural Step), Janis Timm-Bottos (La Ruche D’Art), Eleni Sotos (The Sustainability Funders) and others. This meeting is part of the evolving process aimed at aligning our efforts in order to create tangible strategic changes in consumption and production systems. The workshop was hosted by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread at their campus in Racine, Wisconsin. This workshop was an experiment in a new way of interrelating across our diverse areas of work through the approach of systems mapping. We explored high leverage intervention points which can lead to 2-3 solutions spaces for experimentation with smaller working groups supported by systems approaches in 2014. Co-sponsors include: J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Cities for People, The Johnson Family Foundation, The Garfield Foundation, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and the Planning Team.
A whole network of actors has built around SCP, whether this work is undertaken by government and its agencies, the business sector and industry associations, not‐for‐profit organizations and grassroots community groups – individually or through various forms of collaboration. They work on, for example, redefining progress and the measure of true wealth and prosperity, local self‐reliance, socially responsible investment, green public procurement, industrial ecology, life‐cycle analysis, extended producer responsibility, corporate social responsibility, cradle‐to‐cradle design, eco-labelling, sustainable consumption research, sustainable lifestyles and zero waste. The report gives more detail on the work being done across the system. Having a model of the system is a good starting point to discuss the interrelationships, for example between consumption and needs / values.
Email emmanuel at oneearthweb (dot) org for more information. With thanks to Lisa Hemmingway (Backyard Creative) for her design work on this project, and to Nichole Borgal for the cover page.
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