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Consumption is regarded as a significant driver of global sustainability problems. The 2030 agenda of the United Nations takes account of this perspective by formulating the sustainable development goal 12 (SDG 12). The working group “Transformation Corridors for Sustainable Consumption” works on the development and possibilities of influencing future consumption patterns taking the normative framework of (inter)national sustainability goals as well as “corridor concepts” defining minimum consumption standards on one hand and maximum tolerable impacts of consumption on the other hand into account. The working group wants to analyze and define transformation corridors for sustainable consumption focusing on resource intensive everyday consumption in different life phase.

The working group has started in January 2018. Two meetings and a roundtable discussion will be supported by the DFG. ISInova-member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Daniel Fischer (Leuphana University) are the working group speakers. Members of the Working Group are:

Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M., Fachbereich 03 Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie; Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Institut für Umweltkommunikation (Sprecher); Prof. Doris Fuchs, PhD Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Fachbereich für Erziehungs- und Sozialwissenschaften; Dr. Konrad Gölz, ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung; Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Institut für Sozialinnovation e.V. (Sprecherin); Prof. Dr. Nina Langen, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre; Dr. Sylvia Lorek. Sustainable Europe Research Institute Deutschland e.V.; Prof. Dr. Henrike Rau, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für Geographie; Prof. Dr. Dr. Martina Schäfer, Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft/ Technische Universität Berlin

*Future Earth is a 10-year research initiative that systematically brings together scientists from very different fields of study and provides a platform for global professional knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration. Working groups are an important part of the organisation of the German Committee Future Earth

 

In cooperation with Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation at IAO as well as the Institut für Rechtsmedizin Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin funded by BMBF (2016-2019).

The project will develop measures, methods and tools to support the emergence of radical
innovations by the interplay of several stakeholder of an innovation system and within organizations. These innovations cannot emerge during the daily business, because they mean a disruption of common structures. The developed measures, methods and tools will initially be applied at the prevention for refugees.
ISInova is responsible for the development of a web-based tool for identifying the radical potential of an idea and for controlling the consequential risky decision processes.

Here you can find the Projectflyer (in German).

Contact: René John (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

In cooperation with Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (ZTG), BUND Berlin, Verbund offener Werkstätten, BUND-Repair-Café, Hei – Haus der Eigenarbeit, FabLab Fabulous St.Pauli, Stiftungsgemeinschaft anstiftung & ertomis; sponsored by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung.

 

The project is looking for an answer to the question of how the awareness of quality and consuming changes when people integrate and live a ‘culture of repairing’ in everyday life. Being enabled to repair things in a community can strengthen the awareness of production processes so that the products get higher valued. Being able to repair things makes consumers more independent from the need to buy and therefore gives them more autonomy.

If and how practices of repairing are spreading within society and can become a lived ‘culture of repairing’ is to be figured out with the research concept of Citizen Science. People realizing these practices become experts for the project and take part as citizen scientists, gathering and evaluating their knowledge and experience with the scientific support of the above named institutions. The method used for getting a profound and scientific perspective on the everyday life of the participants are ‘cultural probes’. ISInova is going to reflect on how the Citizen Science method is productive or can be improved for the aim of the project and also holds the advising function for the ongoing process of including citizens as scientists in a research project.

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[Horizons expanding - Perspectives changing]

Development of Strategies for facilitating the transfer of scientific research results in agglomeration distant spaces

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Responsible Research and Innovation at the IAO, the Leibnitz-Institut für Länderkunde, the HU Berlin - cooperation sciences - economics of rural cooperatives as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2017-2019).

The joint research project "Horizonte erweitern - Perspektiven ändern" develops strategies for facilitating the transfer of scientific research results in agglomeration distant spaces. These should address non-university research institutions and enhance the technology transfer in agglomeration distant spaces, thus leading to innovations. Therefor a new understanding of agglomeration-distant spaces as innovative regions with individual character should be developed. The strategies are developed for and conducted in selected model regions as examples. In doing so the actors within the agglomeration distant regions are included in the process of strategy development which thus orientates itself along their needs. Based on this development is the formulation of measures for the technology transfer of non-university institutions into agglomeration distant spaces.

The subproject 3 "Challenges and Success Criteria for the Release of Development Potentials of Agglomeration Distant Spaces" is conducted by ISInova. Based on the analysis of development potentials under the given conditions and the collaboration of local actors in two comparison regions, general factors for a successful dynamic sampling and release of development potentials are defined.

Here you can find the projectflyer.

A discussion paper on Criteria for identifying successful non-agglomerational regions you can find here... (in German)

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