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Turning sustainability, profitable yet social and ecological

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Very often we hear about CO2 in relation to sustainability or to substitute one material with the other. However, often its the interplay or changed behaviour that serves as foundation for sustainable development. Because I have been working in that field now for almost ten years, with a special interest in the social dimension, I look forward to share some of my thoughts here and also to engage in conversation. There is no blueprint to sustainability and that makes it exciting : )


Would we buy less, if the symbolic meaning of a product was better understood? Yes!

Although I work in the field of sustainability and specifcially sustainable consumption and production patterns, I still caught myself to buy new things occassionally. Sometimes that was when I felt I needed something new, when I felt “bored”, or in a bad mood, when I wanted distraction, or when I felt I deserved a little… Continue reading Would we buy less, if the symbolic meaning of a product was better understood? Yes!

How can external costs of consumption be equated with external costs of production? – An economic-psychoanalytical perspective

The traditional business model equates production costs with revenues and therefore measures success based on the profits created. In doing so, most business models neglect their external costs of production. These are costs that relate to pollution or other forms of destruction and are often not accounted for. Business models that do not account for… Continue reading How can external costs of consumption be equated with external costs of production? – An economic-psychoanalytical perspective

The role of early attachment in consumption patterns – a public health perspective

In 2015, I conducted public-health related research into the consequence of child complex trauma on the brain. The goal of my research was to develop an activity guide for lay people that could help reduce these consequences on the brain. To conduct the research, I interviewed a range of practitioners includig; psychologists, psychiatrists & neurologists… Continue reading The role of early attachment in consumption patterns – a public health perspective

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