Event Date: 25 May 2011
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
A series of exchanges on and around the topic of Scarcity, bringing together the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.
Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications.
Ed van Hinte and Steve Broome – Scarcity and Consumption
Ed van Hinte is founder and chair of the pioneering Lightness Studios, a grouping of designers and thinkers who research and practice in the field of lightweight structures and products. He is author of numerous books including Lightness. Steve Broome is Director of Research at the RSA, having previously worked on a London New Deal for Communities programme, where he led evaluation and strategy, community safety and community development programmes. He has led the RSA’s Connected Communities programme.