Obsolescence and metamorphosis. A public dialogue between Florian Hofmann and artist Markus Keibel.

On 24.09.2018 Florian Hofmann and the visual artist Markus Keibel conducted a public dialogue on the subject of obsolescence and metamorphosis. The two artists’ main areas of work and interest overlap in the overarching subject of the inevitable constant change of artifacts, structures and systems. Markus Keibel’s work deals with the constant changeability of thoughts, actions and matter, while Florian Hofmann researches changes in organisational value creation systems in the context of a socio-ecological transformation. The two discussed the possibilities and impossibilities of a systematic transformation of the economic, the role the visual arts can play in this, and whether and to what extent art and science can or should have a transformative effect on economy and society.

The discussion took place in the context of an exhibition of Markus Keibel’s current works at the Hotel “Alexander Plaza” in Berlin.

Circular Economy and Social-Ecological Transformation – new publication of the research group

In Jahrbuch Nachhaltige Ökonomie 2018/19 a new contribution from the research group on the topic “Circular Economy als Träger zur sozial-ökologischen Transformation?” (Circular Economy as a driver of social-ecological transformation?) has been published. Florian Hofmann, Jakob Zwiers, Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Max Marwede discuss the potential of circular economy concepts for social-ecological transformation. Based on a critique of common approaches and business models of the circular economy, whose blind spot is mainly a neglect of social sustainability aspects, they develop the outline of a “Circular Society” and define four basic dimensions: 1) Accessibility and transparency, 2) Democratization, activation, empowerment, 3) Community, collaboration, solidarity, 4) Innovation and creativity.

Hofmann, Florian/ Zwiers/ Jakob, Jaeger-Erben, Melanie und Max Marwede (2018): Circular Economy als Träger sozial-ökologischer Transformation? In: Rogall. H. et al (2018): Jahrbuch Nachhaltige Ökonomie. 217-229.

Transformative Research: From Programme to Practice – New Publication

What role does science play in sustainable development? Should scientists observe, support or specifically shape a social-ecological transformation? The term “transformative science” is the subject of a lively debate in the journal GAIA. The head of the research group Melanie Jaeger-Erben, together with other sustainability researchers, writes a plea for a more intensive observation and (scientific) theoretical description of the practice in real-life-laboratories and others.

Jaeger-Erben, Melanie & Nagy, Emilia & Schäfer, Martina & Süßbauer, Elisabeth & Zscheischler, Jana. (2018). Von der Programmatik zur Praxis: Plädoyer für eine Grounded Theory transformationsorientierter Forschung. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society. 27. 117-121. Download.

Lecture at the Leuphana University Lüneburg by OHA

On June 6, 2018 Tamina Hipp will give a lecture in the context of the SuCo2 event series at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Under the title “Always the latest or maintaining the usual – How do short and long useful lives of electronic devices come about?” the OHA member will present the current status of her dissertation. Based on the collected data material, types of practical forms were modelled which describe how the useful life – coupled to specific settings – is produced. This enables a differentiated perspective on the consumption of electronic products that goes beyond victim-perpetrator stereotypes.

Further information on the event can be found on the homepage: https://www.leuphana.de/institute/infu/arbeitsgruppe-konsum-kommunikation-suco2/veranstaltungsreihe.html

OHA at the 2nd European Resources Conference (ESDP)

Within the framework of IFAT 2018, the “2nd European Resources Conference” will take place on 16 May 2018. In three blocks, topics of a sustainable resource policy, environmentally sound product design and the recycling of old electrical equipment will be discussed. OHA member Marina Proske will give a presentation on “Resource efficiency through environmentally sound product design” in the block on “Resource efficiency through modular design”.

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New OHA publication: “Responsibility discourses and product responsibility in the context of short-lived consumer goods

The anthology “Reflexive Responsibilisation – Responsibility for Sustainable Development”, newly published by transcript-Verlag, deals with scientific perspectives and political steering concepts for attributing responsibility for sustainable development and discusses the possibilities and limits of individual and collective responsibility.

OHA members Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Tamina Hipp present results from OHA research on media discourses and the consumer perspective and discuss the limits and possibilities of responsibility for the lifespan of consumer goods.

Jaeger-Erben, Melanie / Hipp, Tamina (2018): Geplanter Verschleiß oder Wegwerfkonsum? Verantwortungsdiskurse und Produktverantwortung im Kontext kurzlebiger Konsumgüter. In: Buschmann, Nikolaus / Henkel, Anna / Hochmann, Lars / Lüdtke, Nico (Hg.) (2018): Reflexive Responsibilisierung. Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Bielefeld: transcript, S. 373-394.

New OHA publication: “Responsibility discourses and product responsibility in the context of short-lived consumer goods

The anthology “Reflexive Responsibilisation – Responsibility for Sustainable Development”, newly published by transcript-Verlag, deals with scientific perspectives and political steering concepts for attributing responsibility for sustainable development and discusses the possibilities and limits of individual and collective responsibility.

OHA members Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Tamina Hipp present results from OHA research on media discourses and the consumer perspective and discuss the limits and possibilities of responsibility for the lifespan of consumer goods.

Jaeger-Erben, Melanie / Hipp, Tamina (2018): Geplanter Verschleiß oder Wegwerfkonsum? Verantwortungsdiskurse und Produktverantwortung im Kontext kurzlebiger Konsumgüter. In: Buschmann, Nikolaus / Henkel, Anna / Hochmann, Lars / Lüdtke, Nico (Hg.) (2018): Reflexive Responsibilisierung. Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Bielefeld: transcript, S. 373-394.

OHA at the PLATE 2017 in Delft

OHA at the PLATE 2017 in Delft

 

From the 8th -10th of November, the second conference “Product Lifetimes and The Environment” (PLATE), took place at the TU Delft. The junior research group OHA was strongly represented, with, inter alia, several presentations.

The Conference-Proceedings contain the following publications on OHA research:

Florian Hofmann, Max Marwede, Nils Nissen und Klaus-Dieter Lang: Circular added value: business model design in the circular economy.

Melanie Jaeger-Erben und Marina Proske: What’s hot what’s not: the social construction of product obsolescence and its relevance for strategies to increase functionality.

Furthermore, in occasion of the “Disruptive Innovation Festival” hosted by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, the interview session “Ever-faster-ever shorter? Is planned obsolescence real?” was recorded with the participation of the OHA member Melanie Jaeger-Erben (minute 11:07).

We are glad that the PLATE 2019 will take place in Berlin. The event will be hosted by the Fraunhofer IZM in cooperation with the TU Berlin and strong support from OHA.