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13: Dirty Products – responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumer

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What is responsible consumption? Focusing on food and digital technology, we address four questions during the seminar. (1) What responsibilities do consumers have in purchasing products that do not harm people or the environment? (2) How can we know the ecological and social implications of items (production, distribution, and disposal conditions)? (3) How are consumer freedom and responsibility related? Do consumers have greater freedom of choice than producers? How does digitalization influence consumer freedom and responsibility? (4) What are the limits of responsible consumption in curtailing dirty products? How are consumer and citizen responsibility related? Does digitalization offer new opportunities?

Speakers

Professor, Sustainability Delegate, University of Zurich; Senior Scientist, Technology and Society Lab, Empa, St.Gallen Chair
Co-Director, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade; Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO Chair

Prof. Lorenz M. HILTY

Professor, Sustainability Delegate, University of Zurich; Senior Scientist, Technology and Society Lab, Empa, St.Gallen

1991 Ph.D., Department of Informatics, Universität Hamburg
1993 Co-founder, Universität Hamburg-spinoff, Institut für Umweltinformatik Hamburg GmbH
1992-1993 Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen
1996 Habilitation "Environmental Information Processing", Universität Hamburg
1996-1998 Researcher and Project Manager, Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing, Ulm University, Ulm
1998-2000 Professor of Information Systems, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
2000-2004 Head, Research Programme "Sustainability in the Information Society", Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, St.Gallen
 Since 2010 Professor of Informatics and Sustainability, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Economics, University of Zurich
2004-2011 Head, Technology and Society Lab, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, St.Gallen

Dr. Laura RAYNOLDS

Co-Director, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade; Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

1993 Ph.D, Development Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1993-1994 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University - State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
1994-2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, Fort Collins, CO
1999-2005 Co-Director, Fair Trade Research Group, Colorado State University
2000-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
since 2005 Co-Founder; Co-Director, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
since 2006 Professor, Department for Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Seminar Week

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16.08.2017

17:00 - 17:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:45 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

17.08.-22.08.2017

Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art - in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don't mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar

17.08.2017

19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary

20.08.2017

19:00 - 22:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout

21.08.2017

19:00 - 21:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout