George Ritzer: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

May 6, 2015: George Ritzer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, author of The McDonaldization of Society, spoke on his theory of prosumption and “prosumer capitalism”. He argues that while prosumption implies democratization and empowerment, the new world of prosumption (including “smart” prosuming machines) has, to a large degree, been captured and Read more about George Ritzer: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

People and Planet First Agenda: A Day of Celebration and Exploration of the New Economy

On May 2nd, 2015, The Institute for Policy Studies’ New Economy Maryland project, Story of Stuff, and Greenpeace USA are convening an afternoon and evening of conversations about what it would take to build a new economy in Maryland. The one day workshop will explore core elements of the emerging New Economy movement, connecting local, national, and global Read more about People and Planet First Agenda: A Day of Celebration and Exploration of the New Economy[…]

Halina Brown speaks at the Jerusalem Institute’s Sustainable Consumption and Urban Policy Conference

Keynote address by Halina Brown, co-founder of SCORAI and Professor at Clark University, at a conference on Sustainable Consumption in Israel: Research and Urban Policy.  The conference was sponsored by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies at Hebrew University. It was hosted on February 2nd, 2015 by Holon Municipality. The event also marked the founding Read more about Halina Brown speaks at the Jerusalem Institute’s Sustainable Consumption and Urban Policy Conference[…]

BBC Radio Documentary: Can the World Get Rich Forever?

A new documentary on the BBC World Service, Can the world get rich forever?,  looks at “our apparent addiction to economic growth as the secret to prosperity and cure for global poverty”. The 53 minute radio documentary asks questions like: In a finite world with limited resources, can economies continue to grow indefinitely, or will Read more about BBC Radio Documentary: Can the World Get Rich Forever?[…]

Dorothy Holland: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

March 11, 2015: Dorothy Holland, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coauthor of Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds and History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities, spoke about the complexity and significance of grassroots activism for a transition to a post-consumerist society. Dorothy Holland’s Read more about Dorothy Holland: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Dorothy Holland Colloquium talk: March 11, 2015

Dorothy Holland, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coauthor of Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds and History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities, will speak about the complexity and significance of grassroots activism for a transition to a post-consumerist society. Abstract / Paper Location Read more about Dorothy Holland Colloquium talk: March 11, 2015[…]