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Realizing needs and a high quality of life in a degrowth society


Degrowth, if it wants to be politically and socially successful, should use approaches that have a potential to increase quality of life while moving away from the material growth paradigm. This session, inspired by Manfred Max-Neef and linked to the practical workshop “Degrowth, quality of life and personal relations”, will introduce the topic, present four needs-based approaches on individual, group, and local levels in Peru and Germany, and discuss the links of such needs-based approaches with the move towards a degrowth society.
Quality of life can be conceptualised as the realization of needs understood as abstract categories indicating basic reasons for action, such as subsistence, affection, participation, or freedom. Individual and group strategies for realizing needs are strongly influenced by societal trends. For a long time, the growth dogma had overall positive effects on the level of subsistence needs realized in many countries – and negative impacts on other needs.

Ines Omann: THANCS – a process to address tensions that emerge in/with a transition towards sustainable development

Salina Centgraf: Human Scale Development – the case of energy cooperatives

Felix Rauschmayer: How degrowth can improve life quality: Using NonViolent Communication

Monica Guillen: Economic growth and human needs satisfaction across-socio economic groups in Peru. An illustration using the Human Scale Development Approach