Contributors: Timaeus, Johannes (Transition Town Leipzig)
Graduation in biology, University of Göttingen 2009; Until 2012 scientific assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Current projects aiming to practice a degrowth society: Transition Town Leipzig and Querbeet, a community garden in the eastern part of Leipzig.
Scientific paper contribution: The significance of everyday life, values and meaning for a more social and ecological society: a life world perspective
Abstract: Everyday life and meaning represent two crucial aspects to understand the challenges society is facing towards its transition to a more sustainable future, beyond unrestrained growth. Schütz’ life world theory provides a theoretical framework that takes everyday life and meaning into focus. According to life world theory everyday life is enabled by everyday assumptions, i.e. the categories we use to structure and organize our experience, cognition and communication, which are not subjected to reflection. Change of everyday life to a sustainable path requires reflecting everyday life assumptions but this is inherently difficult. A key category in society and everyday lives is value. Values are tightly linked to economic growth. Today values largely become constituted on anonymous markets where supply and demand meet to create monetary value. In contrast, meaning is a non-monetary value, which is created by directly linking our activities to a purpose, which we experience in everyday life. A stronger focus on meaning in everyday is required to create a society surpassing dependency on unrestrained growth.