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An Anglo-German Conference: A New Social Contract for Sustainability?

Inspired by the work of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WGBU) and its report ‘World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability,’ this two day conference will combine research with public debate to explore new relationships among state, business, civil society and the individual in a world facing multiple crises. The event will explore the social, political and economic implications of this concept: could it be an EU-wide platform, providing stimulation and guidance to address major environmental and social changes?
When 20 Jun, 2013 12:00 AM to
21 Jun, 2013 01:00 AM
Where Bristol, United Kingdom
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On the 20th and 21st of June, Schumacher Institute we will be holding a two-day research event combined with public debate, in order to explore the concept of a 'New Social Contract for Sustainability.'

Concerned by the slow progress as environmental and social justice issues deepen, we have been inspired by the work of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WGBU) and its report ‘World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability.’ The event will explore the social, political and economic implications of this concept: could this be an EU-wide platform, providing stimulation and guidance to address major environmental and social changes?

A social contract is an implicit, unwritten contract where citizens give up a portion of their liberty (i.e. obeying laws or paying taxes) to governments or rulers, who in return protect state provisions such as rights to property and the rule of law. A New Social Contract for Sustainability would create these agreements for managing issues related to production, consumption and sustainability between different interest groups - government, industry, citizens, NGOs - legitimised principally by consent rather than by legislation.

This event will also consider a ‘new contract’ in light of the discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals and examine the possibilities for discussions between government and citizens in relation to the Institute’s work on Convergence – how could it help in the transition towards a fair share for all within the planet’s limits?

Programme:

Day One:  Expert presentations with research workshops to identify key issues and explore the proposals for, and implications of, a New Social Contract for Sustainability.

Day Two: Presentation of research discussions and public debate to explore what a New Social Contract for Sustainability means and how we can take these ideas forward in a practical way.

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