Consumption and the Common Good: Academic Perspectives













WHEN: Tuesday, October 12th at 12:00 PM EDT

WHAT: No one theory can possibly show the way to halt the seemingly irrevocable path we’re on to over-consume our way to the destruction of the planet. Overcoming the devastation of overconsumption constitutes a “wicked problem” that implicates every facet of social life and hence calls for the complementary perspectives of multiple academic disciplines, from social psychology, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies to environmental studies and the fields of business, including finance, marketing, and management. Consumption and The Common Good: Academic Perspectives will curate a panel that features a diversity of scholarly approaches to understanding the challenges of understanding and arresting overconsumption.

We are excited to host Dr. Emma Kidd and Dr. Katherine Duffy for this discussion

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.

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For more details, visit the GCNYC Center for Social Impact and Innovation events page.

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