The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is organizing an international conference to be held on June 12-14, 2013, at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
The Conference seeks:
1) To improve our understanding of the complex driving forces underlying prevalent consumerist lifestyles in the wealthy parts of the globe.
2) To generate insights about fostering a necessary transition toward alternative ways of pursuing individual and societal well-being in a technological society cognizant of ecological limits.
3) To build on recent developments to establish a vibrant global research community focused on sustainable consumption.
Former Managing Director of JP Morgan and Founder of the Capital Institute, an online collaborative space for exploring the transition
to the New Economy.
Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University and the author of Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World
Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and the author of The
Pursuit of Happiness: Toward the Economy
Plenary Dialogue Speakers
Professor of Sociology at Boston
College and the author of
The New Economics of True Wealth, the
national best-seller The
American: The Unexpected Decline of
Leisure, and The Overspent
American: Why We Want What We Don't
John de Graaf
The national coordinator of Take Back Your
organization challenging time poverty
and overwork in the United States and Canada,
and the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza:
The All-Consuming Epidemic, and
What is the
Economy For, Anyway.
President of the New Economics Institute
based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He
is a long-term leader in the field of sustainability
and served as the head of Ceres and co-founded
the Global Reporting Initiative and the Investor
Network on Climate Risk.
April 15, 2013: Deadline for paper authors to register for conference and pay registration fee (after this deadline we will need need to drop unregistered participants from the conference program)
May 1, 2013: Deadline for registering for on-campus accommodations
May 15, 2013: Regular registration deadline for non-author participants
May 15, 2013: Deadline for authors to submit final papers (maximum length 5000 words; instructions for uploading will be provided)
June 12-14, 2013: Conference
Wednesday, June 12
Workshop A (9-10:30am): Doing Something Now? Tactics for Attacking Consumerism (Organizer:
Richard Wilk, Indiana University)
This workshop session will encourage radical and creative thinking about how to slow down or even derail the runaway train of consumerist culture that threatens to destroy the planet.
B (11am-12:30pm): Systems Thinking: Framework and Methods for Working Smarter Not Harder
(Organizer: Vanessa Timmer, One Earth)
Join this dynamic interactive workshop to build a shared understanding of the consumption and production system, and identify high-impact ideas and strategic solutions that make a difference.
Click here to view more details about the Pre-Conference Workshops
A Note on the Format of Conference Sessions
The format of conference sessions will vary and include keynote addresses, moderated discussions, discussant-led sessions (followed by the authorís response); and brief presentations by authors (followed by comments by an assigned discussant). In all cases, authors will not have more than ten minutes to present the essential ideas of each paper and the majority of conference time will be devoted to discussion and debate. Under no circumstances are papers to be read aloud. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCORAI Executive Committee
Click to View the SCORAI 2013 Scientific Committee
Conference Refund Policy
Before May 15: 50 percent of registration; 100 percent of accommodation payment
May 16-June 1: No refund on registration; 50 percent on accommodation payment
After June 1: No refund provided on registration or accommodation payment
SCORAI gratefully acknowledges the additional support of the following institutions
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