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Inspired by: FP7 » Consumption drives market capitalism, not saving, conserving or sparing

version: 3 / updated: 2011-02-08
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Originally submitted by: Tuomo Kuosa
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Last changed by: Maurizio Sajeva
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 2 - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Socio-economic research and support to policies

Signal's headline

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Consumption drives market capitalism, not saving, conserving or sparing

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Consumption drives market capitalism, not saving, conserving or sparing


consumption, conserving, market capitalism, energy, resources


(max. 250 characters)
Consumption drives market capitalism, not saving, conserving or sparing

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 new/emerging


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Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
economic filters (business/market interests)
political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Key driving forces of this signal

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Driver 1 Driver 2
Economic tendency to blast ways of development

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Governance and trust in democracy
Energy security/dynamics
Economic prosperity/dynamics
Globalization vs. localization
Sustainability and climate change

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research for the benefit of small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Improving researchers mobility and career development by, for example, realising a single labour market for researchers.
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Overcoming sub-criticality and systemic failures
To be subcritical means that the effort in a particular field or subfield lacks resources, equipment or a sufficient number of researchers to achieve a desired goal