Product lifetimes and product design

  • Product lifetimes in a historical perspective
  • Modular product design
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Lifetime prediction and lifetime prognostics
  • Lessons learnt from industrial obsolescence management
  • Education for ecodesign
  • Miniaturisation as a challenge for ecodesign
  • The case of planned obsolescence

Circular Economy and circularity in business

  • Historical examples for circular economy
  • Circular Economy and globalization
  • Circular Economy – overcoming the economic growth imperative?
  • Rebound effects of the Circular Economy
  • The role of cooperation and transparency in value chains
  • Local, regional, global value circles
  • Transition to circular business models
  • Cultural change in organisations towards circularity

Sustainable consumption

  • Sufficiency in product consumption
  • From fast fashion to slow fashion
  • The role of lifetime labelling
  • Product attachment
  • Individualisation and lifestyles
  • Consumer practices leading to short and long use-times
  • Awareness for longevity

Sharing economy and collaborative consumption

  • Product sharing communities
  • Long lasting products as commons
  • The meaning of owning
  • The role of social networks

Repair, DIY and maker communities

  • The empowerment of consumers
  • Fostering competences and creativity in DIY communities
  • Grassroots innovation for sustainable production
  • Enhance interconnectedness between DIY communities
  • Open knowledge, open design, open data, open source…

Policy, regulation and legislation

  • Policies to regulate lifetimes
  • How to design an architecture of responsibility
  • Global challenges and national solutions
  • Role of lobbying from corporations and civil society

Obsolescence 4.0 – Digitalisation and product lifetimes

  • Smart technologies and smart products
  • Software obsolescence
  • Digital social innovation for longer lasting products
  • Data security, data privacy
  • Product monitoring – Consumer observation and manipulation in a surveillance economy?

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