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Consumption and the Common Good: Systems and Policy

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

In the concluding event of the Consumption and the Common Good series, we conceive of the multi-faceted sustainability crisis as a manifestation of a global natural system and adopt the policy point of view to chart a way forward. This event’s speakers approach sustainability and policy as researchers and practitioners committed to systemic transformation

We are excited to host Dr. Keith Skene and Dr. Eleni Iacovidou for this discussion.

Dr. Keith Skene is the Director of the Biosphere Research Institute, where he is responsible for vision enhancement, facilitation and development. He is the author of five books and over forty papers in international peer-reviewed journals, applying ecology to global issues such as economics, sustainability, and empowerment. He also works as an assessor for scientific funding councils in the UK and Switzerland. 

As a Lecturer in Environmental Management at Brunel University London, Dr. Iacovidou leads teaching on environmental governance, management and sustainable development. Her research work focuses on resources and waste management systems assessment and evaluation. She develops systems-based valuation frameworks for streamlining the life cycle sustainability assessment of resource recovery systems, and is an expert in identifying and evaluating radical and innovative interventions using multi-dimensional metrics. Her research supports policy, and decision-making processes and consults several groups on ways to integrate ‘circular’ with sustainable approaches. She is a chemist on the background, with expertise on environmental engineering and environmental management research following studies at the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete and the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. 



The “growth at all costs” mindset that permeates global business today results in a litany of negative outcomes for people, communities, and the planet. To fuel economic growth, businesses continue to drive higher consumption rates among existing and new consumers, often utilizing tactics such as marketing to drive desire or planned obsolescence to reduce efficacy and longevity. This ever-increasing consumption interrupts the fabric of our lives from changes to architecture, the creation and growth of new industries which help manage all we now own, media which showcases overconsumption as entertainment, and the untold amounts of waste which fills our landfills and litters our waterways that now must be managed. 

In light of these issues, a critical discussion about the nature and embeddedness of consumption in our culture has moved from the fringe to the forefront, engaging a range of stakeholders along the way. What systems must we rethink to reduce the volumes of consumption globally? What policy tools are necessary to combat overconsumption and the resulting waste? What must we personally examine to shift individual consumption behavior? 

GCNYC and The Center for Social Impact and Innovation’s series Consumption and The Common Good brings together voices of researchers, advocates, and businesses to discuss the effects consumption and imagine solutions that support a sustainable and equitable world. 



November 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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