Consumption of non-renewable resources in the global North far exceeds what might be considered sustainable. Most strategies to tackle unsustainable patterns of production and consumption aim at efficiency or consistency. In complement to such efforts, the project “Analysis of voluntary offers and initiatives related to sufficient behaviour” focuses on strategies of sufficiency.
CDE researchers conducted interdisciplinary research on the possible contribution of grassroots initiatives and social innovations – such as agricultural cooperatives or repair cafés – to societal transformations towards ecological sustainability.
The diverse perspectives of initiative organizers, users, and members of networks, umbrella organizations, and the public sector were studied in a series of empirical working steps that built upon each other.
In addition to conceptual development of a framework model, the project generated insights into the connection between use of relevant offers and development of sufficient lifestyles at the individual level. In addition, factors were identified that hinder or promote the creation and spread of corresponding initiatives. Based on this, the researchers formulated several recommendations for action.
Dr Christoph Bader