Access not Ownership - workshop at Ethical Consumer Week - Shareable

Access not Ownership – workshop at Ethical Consumer Week



Oct 26, 2020 - Oct 26, 2020

16:00 GMT - 17:30 GMT

UTC/GMT +01:00 - Europe/London


Access not ownership

We must cut our consumption to a fifth of current levels if we are to stay within planetary limits and prevent climate breakdown. Yet most business models focus on selling more to maximize profits.

What if instead, shops became more like libraries? Hear from those already creating an access-based economy, where items are borrowed not owned. Discuss how the concept might grow and what business models could support it.

Hosted by: Ruth Strange of Ethical Consumer


Denise Baden is a Professor of Sustainable Business at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton. Denise followed her first degree in Politics with Economics, with several years in the industry, then returned to academia to do a doctorate in psychology. Denise now teaches and researches in the area of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and comparative business ethics. Denise won the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise Prize in 2018. Her current interests focus on sustainable business models and the access-based/sharing economy.

Mirella Ferraz coordinates the Network of Wellbeing's community work in Totnes, U.K., where she's helped set up the Share Shed – A Library of Things and regular Community Potlucks, as well as organize a ShareFest to promote and celebrate all things related to sharing, making, repairing and swapping. Mirella did her MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, which among many things, allowed her to further explore the relationship between music and social transformation. She's also a writer for Shareable - people-powered solutions for the common good. One of her favorite quotes is "The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have," by Leonard Nimoy.

Ethical Consumer Week

Ethical Consumer Week 2020 will explore the role of consumers, businesses, and NGOs in building more resilient communities in the face of Covid-19 and the ecological crisis. The week will explore the underlying issues, a radically reimagined future, and the actions that we can all take to support just transitions. We will gain inspiration from those exploring the answers and already creating ripples of change. Join us from wherever you are for a week of over 30 online panels, workshops, and virtual tours. This is a pay-as-you-can event. Register for Access not Ownership and other sessions, or find out more: