Repair initiatives, so-called repair cafés, are often described in the past as an answer to a large number of sustainability challenges.Less obvious are social science analyzes of people repairing objects at home.The scientific article in the “Journal of Cleaner Production” by Sabine Hielscher and Melanie Jaeger-Erben is intended to provide insights into how people carry out everyday and non-everyday repairs at home.The paper highlights the importance of practical skills, a sense of self-efficacy and people’s everyday routines when it comes to performing repairs in the household. Free download possible here until October 8th, 2020 or by email to email@example.com
Melanie Jaeger-Erben is a guest in the TU Berlin’s Present Futures Forum Webcast and talks about cooperative research, repair culture and sustainability. She also talks about shaping the future and dialogue with citizens. (Video in German)
“The new webcast of the Present Futures Forum Berlin introduces researchers at the TU Berlin who are committed to interdisciplinary perspectives and exchange with society in their work. In casual interviews with the Forum’s Managing Director, Dr. Gerrit Rößler, they report from their home office on their experiences of working with other researchers, talk about challenges from their everyday work and give advice for young scientists”.
For a circular economy to take off, we need to embed circular thinking and skills training within each level of our education system. From elementary school to professional development, and everything in between, this meet-up will share what education professionals are doing now to integrate circular economy in their curriculum. We’ll also discuss what else is needed in Berlin and beyond to strengthen circular economy education.
Networking and community building are cornerstones of Circular Berlin’s meet-ups, and that will remain true as we move to an online format! Following the presentations, we’ll have breakout rooms and facilitated discussion so participants can still get to know one another, exchange ideas, and continue to strengthen this community.
Hosted by Circular Berlin in partnership with TU-Berlin, Zero Waste Your Life, MiFactori, and AMD Berlin).
18.45: Circular Literacy – Capabilities for the Circular Society (Presentation by Melanie Jaeger-Erben)
“What connects the epoch of romanticism with our present time of great social transformation? Can a new “romantic” attitude of mind be the driving force behind social innovations? What impulses can art provide? How can artificial and artistic intelligence be enriched?” These and other questions will be discussed during the panel discussion UMBRUCH, AUFBRUCH – ROMANTIK 2.0? on 14 March, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Luminale – Biennale for Light Art and Urban Design, from 12 to 15 March 2020 in Frankfurt am Main. Melanie Jaeger-Erben will sit on the podium for OHA.
More information about the event can be found here.
During the Christmas season, the electronics industry booms as well as the desire to treat one’s loved ones with the latest products. As a consequence, many devices that are still functional are being replaced.
But it is not only during the Christmas season that the life and use span of electrical appliances ends prematurely, even though they are still functional. And this despite the fact that – as the current representative survey by the OHA research group shows – the longest possible use of appliances is seen as socially desirable and as an important contribution to environmental protection. The orientation towards novelty (“newism”), routines in handling equipment and various structural and individual obstacles can contribute to the fact that the desired action is not consistently implemented. The first descriptive results of the survey can be found here.
“Do-It-Yourself – Repairing in response to the throwaway society”(in German)- a podcast episode with participation of Melanie Jaeger-Erben/ OHA (from minute 34) was published on 7.12.2019. King Kong Klima deals with environmental protection and climate change, offers tips on how to protect climate and shows ways out of the ‘eco-jungle’. The podcast focused on obsolescence, the characteristics of the “throwaway society” and the role of do-it-yourself and repair as a strategy against the short-lived nature of consumer goods.
The Research Award “Transformative Science” of the Wuppertal Institute and the Zempelin Foundation in the Stifterverband is awarded for the third time in 2019.This year, Prof. Dr.Melanie Jaeger-Erben, head of the junior research group OHA and the Chair “Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics” at the TU Berlin, received the prize endowed with 25,000 euros.In particular, the jury emphasized her transdisciplinary profile and her scientific work at the interface of politics and society.Special emphasis was placed on the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work of the junior research group OHA.
The book “Was Bits & Bäume verbindet – Digitalisierung nachhaltig gestalten” (What Bits & Trees Unite – Making Digitisation Sustainable), published on 4 July, contains approaches for a digitisation architecture that serves the common good, takes data protection seriously and simultaneously promotes social and ecological goals.
A new image brochure by the Obsolescence research group introduces the Circular Society: A holistic and sustainable vision of an economy that creates a balance between the eco-, the techno- and the sociosphere. Six propositions and accompanying images present the ideas of the research group for a transformation path that overcomes the self-desctructive metabolism of today’s systems of consumption and production.
As part of the Publication Series Sustainability (Schriftenreihe Nachhaltigkeit) of the Hessische Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung, the volume “Kreislaufwirtschaft – ein Ausweg aus der sozial-ökologischen Krise” (Circular Economy – A Way Out of the Social-Ecological Crisis), written by OHA members Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Florian Hofmann, was published. With a critical perspective on current systems of consumption and production, the volume attempts to illuminate concepts of the circular economy with regard to their potential for social-ecological transformation. The one-sided focus on economy and technology is critically discussed and the future scenario of a Circular Society is outlined, including concepts of social sustainability and justice.