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The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) is a Think and Do tank that works with businesses, policy makers, partner organisations and civil society towards a sustainable planet

The Unconference kick-started our goal for the next 10 years: Doubling our Impact!

On May 31st 2016, we at the CSCP hosted an Unconference to celebrate our 10th anniversary and announced our goal to double the impact of our work in the next 10 years.

Looking at the event we asked ourselves: What created impact during that day and can we scale up those ideas?

Open your mind! Our evening event “Taste the Jeans” did just that: taking a solution perspective on pressing sustainability challenges communicated to all our guests’ senses via food, dancing, music, touch, personal stories, movie, and art. The session offered multiple ways to think and feel things from a new angle and get inspired. It created an open mind-set for innovation, collaboration, and stakeholder engagements. Following its success, we are actively developing “Taste the Jeans” as a format that can be used to “Taste” all kinds of solutions. Stay tuned to hear more about it!

The consumer angle! Many of the discussions and workstudios have significantly gained ground from including and strengthening the consumer and lifestyle perspective —whether via the Circular Economy, Industry 4.0, or Sustainable Cities to name a few. We at the CSCP always consider the lifestyle perspective as an important angle from which new solutions can be developed. At the Unconference, we launched #mylifestylepledge, a campaign that asks you to make a pledge to live more sustainably. It’s a chance to try something new and share your progress with all of us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using #mylifestylepledge
Join us today and help make this movement global!

Welcome Programme

Welcome, Expert Panel, Fingerfood and Networking

Welcome Hosts: Kristina Modée and Georgina Guillen-Hanson, CSCP

CSCP Film: Past, Present and Future

Welcome and introduction by Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP

Keynote: Alain Caparros, CEO, REWE Group

The Future of of Sustainable Lifestyles, Industry 4.0, and the Circular Economy, panel with: Maryse Gautier, Ministry of Sustainable Development of France; Dr. Helio Mattar, President, Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption; Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia; Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Former Under Secretary General, United Nations; Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President, Club of Rome
Moderators: Mariana Nicolau and Marco van der Ree, CSCP

Afternoon Programme

Let’s work (it) out

In the afternoon participants were invited to join one of seven workstudios, held at special locations that inspire and support discussions.

1. From footprint to handprint (download insights | see description)
2. Circular economy and sustainable lifestyles (download insights | see description)
3. The consumer relationship challenge (download insights | see description)
4. Industry 4.0 as enabler for sustainable lifestyles (download insights | see description)
5. Impact investment in sustainable business models (download insights | see description)
6. Food Waste (download insights | see description)
7. Cities enabling sustainability (download insights | see description)

Evening Programme

Celebration and Inspiration

Welcome Hosts: Kristina Modée and Georgina Guillen-Hanson, CSCP

Welcome on stage by Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP

2026.0 Sneak Peek into the future

Evening address by Dr. Thomas Grünewald, North Rhine-Westphalia‘s State Secretary in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research

Taste the Jeans: Join us for a journey along the life cycle of textile and food products and get inspired by sustainable solutions

Evening address by Andreas Mucke, Mayor of Wuppertal

Celebration and Party (until midnight)

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