Developing Consumer Citizenship
The first international CCN conference
Location: Hamar, Norway
Using, Choosing or Creating the Future?
The second international CCN conference focused on what the consumer citizen knows and what they need to know to make responsible decisions. It reflected upon what has been done and what can be done to ensure global equity, compatibility and sustainable consumption. The conference also examined who the consumer is and who he/she needs to become to ensure the growth of a civilization characterized by qualities of justice, good governance, generosity and caring.
Participants: 165 participants from 33 countries
Location: UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France
Timeframe: 1-2 March 2004
Taking Responsibility As a Consumer Citizen
The third international CCN conference examined how mature civic involvement can affect the development of a more just and caring global society. The participants discussed and exchanged experiences about how “taking responsibility” can be taught in higher education particularly in relation to consumer citizenship education. The conference dealt with:
- how taking responsibility contributes to dignity and self-worth;
- how the responsibilities of the individual, particularly in his/her role as a consumer, can be identified;
-how the responsibilities of the individual differ from those of business and governments;
-how the individual fulfils his/her responsibilities;
-how one learns to be responsible;
-how the spirit of selfless community service can be developed in children and youth;
-how being responsible can be enjoyable.
Participants: 147 participants from 35 countries attended.
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Timeframe: May 26-27, 2005
Outputs:50 research papers were presented at the conference and there was an exhibition by The Sustainable Everyday Project containing an extensive, interactive presentation of scenarios, projects and real cases of sustainable solutions for responsible lifestyles. Conference proceedings were published and a selection of the best research papers were published in the Promoting New Responses series.
The fourth international CCN conference. The central theme was how the consumer citizen can trigger constructive change in a world characterized by dramatic and rapid transitions. The conference focused on consumers as agents for constructive change. The following issues were examined:
-Which incentives contribute to the development of consumer citizenship?
-What can be done to transform the consumer’s frustrations and uncertainties into change-creating energy?
-How can consumer citizens contribute to improving public discourse and informed debate?
-How can responsiveness, transparency, and trust between the producer and the consumer be stimulated?
-How can consumer citizens use scientific research to create sustainable lifestyles?
-How can commitment and consistency to sustainable consumption be promoted?
Participants: 150 participants from 27 countries attended
Location: Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway
Timeframe: May 15-16, 2006
Outputs:32 papers and posters. Conference proceedings were published and a selection of the best research papers were published in the Promoting New Responses series
The fifth international CCN conference dealt with “Building Bridges” in two contexts: stakeholder involvement and transdisciplinary cooperation. The conference examined what characterizes stakeholder involvement and how it can contribute to stimulating sustainable development. It analyzed some of the challenges to the process of bridging the gaps between educational and professional disciplines.
Participants: 221 persons from 33 countries attended. The CCN joined with the Comenius E-cons network for the first part of the conference.
Location: University of Sofia, St. Kliment Ohridsky, Bulgaria
Outputs: 32 presentations and posters were made at the conference. There were panel debates, exhibitions and films. Conference proceedings were published and a selection of the best research papers were published in the Promoting New Responses series.
Assessing Information As a Consumer Citizen
The sixth international CCN conference focused on how consumers and citizens deal with the information which they encounter daily and how critical assessment of information can be taught. The conference focused on:
-What information do consumers want and what do they need?
-Which information goods and services improve market transparency?
-What information should scientists, producers, governments, media, teachers, and interest organizations provide to enable consumers to make responsible shopping decisions?
-What is necessary for information to be effectively and reliably transmitted and analyzed?
-To what extent does consumers’ trust in prices and labels as valid indicators of quality encourage or undermine the
consumers’ interest and ability to acquire information?
-How can consumer citizenship education deal with the cognitive, emotional, social and economic influences on consumer’s capacity to process information?
-How can consumers break codes and identify hidden messages in commercial information?
Participants: 130 participants from 32 countries
Tallinn University, Estonia
Timeframe: 4-5 May, 2008
Outputs: 36 presentations were made at the conference. There were panel debates, exhibitions and films. Conference proceedings were published and a selection of the best research papers were published in the Promoting New Responses series.
Making a Difference: Putting Consumer Citizenship into Action
The seventh International CCN Conference investigated the proactive role of the consumer in the transition to more sustainable human development around the world. Central topics which were focused on were: understanding consumer citizenship behaviour; education for consumer citizenship; and cooperation to further consumer citizenship.
Participants: 200 persons from 40 countries attended.
Location: Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Timeframe: 23-24 March 2009
Outputs: 62 research papers were presented on a wide variety of themes. There were panel debates, exhibitions and films. Conference proceedings were published and a selection of the best research papers were published in the Promoting New Responses series.