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Good Life and Sustainability. Contributions for a consumer education in the context of an emerging culture of sustainability and sufficiency in European regions
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The GLAS project aims at supporting consumer education in the context of a culture of sustainability. It will identify factors of good life in different European regions, and it will collect examples of good practice relevant for a sustainable development. The project focuses in detail on the following contributions with a view to the specific contexts of project partners: 1. Support of professional qualifications and especially re-skilling und up-skilling of professional qualifications 2. Empowerment of consumers as partners in the market 3. Information about the importance of consumer education for sustainable development to policy makers and to the interested public This will also include the enhancement of diversity skills such as intergenerational and intercultural skills/competences being useful for individuals in their personal and social development and as well for the labour market. These diversity skills will help the learners to act more flexible and more appropriate in view of different lifestyles everywhere in Europe, and to accept different points of view and competences of other European citizens in their professional and private surroundings. The topics of the project are related to the various aspects of good life in some selected European regions. This includes different aspects of an emerging culture of sustainability, especially focused on consumer education with examples in the fields of cultural work, labour market and social work. It includes issues such as housing and environmental issues, nutrition and mobility, also with reference to the labour market and relevant professional qualifications. The diversity approach of the GLAS project will also contribute to European politics of supporting „equity, social cohesion and active citizenship“ („ET 2020” and „Europe 2020“). The main target groups of the project are learners and trainers/staff in adult education and consumer education, full professionals and volunteers in the field of consumer education and sustainable development including environmental groups. A special target group are low-income people in the regular labour market as well as in the “informal labour market”. A special focus will be on jobless people to improve their living conditions and also to increase their chances on the labour market. It is intended that 300 persons of these target groups will participate directly and 3000 people by Internet and website presentations during project lifetime. The methodology of the project is based on the participation of learners by reflexive and interactive learning. Learners will participate continuously in all phases of the project including testing and evaluation. Experienced institutions of cultural education, of adult education and vocational training will cooperate within the project. A workshop design will be developed for a workshop about methods and tools of adult education and training in the field of GLAS topics. Project activities will include the exploration of varieties and differences of consumer attitudes and the collection of learning and teaching material for consumer education. Special attention will be given to test innovative methods and tools of adult education e.g. combining narrative, visual and informative elements in a multi-media approach. On the basis of this “basic platform” all partners will collect additional useful material for consumer education. Special focus will be given to the differences of consumer attitudes and of changes in society in the field of consumption by transforming and adapting the material. The main impact is: Participants develop their competences as informed consumers in the field of sustainable development and also improve their diversity skills as well as their personal, social and professional competences. Additional impacts are expected on the local and regional process to reach sustainability goals and the project partners in their local, regional and national networks, especially by using the project materials and results. Additional target groups will profit by follow-up projects (e.g. workshops and courses using the materials and results of the GLAS project) and its impulses for an emerging culture of sustainability and sufficiency. Positive effects are also expected by networking and the exchange between schools, adult education organizations, environmental initiatives, churches, religious groups and local communities.
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