Can Consumption Save the World?

Date: April 2, 2014

Time: 6:30 PM

Host: Barnard College

Type: Lecture/Presentation


From the popularity of fair trade products to the growth of the “sharing economy” and the prevalence of sustainable businesses, consumers and corporations are thinking about our shopping habits in new ways.
 Join a panel of environmentalists, economists, anthropologists, and entrepreneurs as they examine the 
life cycle of the goods we buy—from conception and design to labor and manufacturing, through repair and disposal. How are each of these stages interconnected, and what changes to our consumption habits could truly be impactful?


Panelists include Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans; Sandra Goldmark, Barnard assistant professor of professional practice; Eleanor Sterling, director of 
the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History; and Paige West, Barnard Tow Professor of Anthropology. Moderated by award-winning journalist, writer and editor Alison Craiglow Hockenberry ’88.

This event is free and open to the public.