Creating Sustainable Products, Services and Product-Service Systems
Sustainable Innovation 03 will be a high profile conference that responds to the recommendation by the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) at Johannesburg (www.johnnesburgsummit.org) to "encourage and promote the development of a 10 year framework of programmes in support of regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production to promote social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems by addressing and, where appropriate, delinking economic growth and environmental degradation through improving efficiency and sustainability in the use of resources and production processes, and reducing resource degradation, pollution and waste". Sustainable Innovation 03 is a specific input into the development of "awareness-raising programmes on the importance of sustainable production and consumption patterns".
"The need to change unsustainable production and consumption would promote innovation, new business opportunities and job creation....the international community must focus efforts and resources on a number of key areas and set clear targets. Scientists, businesses, trade unions and consumers must be mobilised in a strategy for a decisive change to use new technologies and learn new behaviour".
Goran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden, World Leaders Statement, WSSD, September 4th 2002
"For us, innovation is the the best way to make a contribution to changing consumer habits - not by persuading the customer to consume less but to consume differently"
Belmiro de Azevedo, CEO, Sonae, Portugal in 'Walking the Talk' (http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com)
The event will combine a focus on the content and process of sustainable innovation at incremental, (re)design, functional and systems levels. Sustainable Innovation 03 will include invited and refereed papers on the development of sustainable products, services and PSS from designers, inventors, academics and managers. A core element of the event will be a number of interactive creative processes on day 1 and 2 designed to enable delegates to think, (re)think and create sustainable solutions. Delegates will come from large companies, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as creative industries, venture capital, academia, government and NGOs. The learning objectives of the event will be to raise awareness and understanding of the opportunities for and barriers to sustainable innovation by providing best practice and new ideas from both developed and developing countries. The conference is supported by an leading-edge international Advisory Board.
The Centre for Sustainable Design are working with five highly creative individuals to add a unique 'out of the box' element to the conference. Creative Spaces will provide delegates with new perspectives and experiences, whilst providing a platform to generate high quality, innovative ideas.
- Comedians and Video Producers - UK
Niels Peter Flint
- Concept Designer - Denmark
David Walker &
Rob Holdway - Directors - Giraffe Innovation, UK
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Last updated: 10th February 2003