Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation


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½ day labour

Country: Austria
Theme: Values and politics
Sectors: Arts & Entertainment
Priorities: New working models – new economics

Standardised work hours/labour time will be 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week on average, depending on the type of labour and person.
Any other work/labour regulations etc. remain as they are today.
By avoiding harmful work/labour we as a society gain lots of potential for worthwhile work/labour. More than 70 % of the earlier work/labour time was not to the benefit of the society.

What are the benefits of this vision? For whom?

  • more life time for personally fulfilling activities, more time for self-fulfilment
  • stronger family ties
  • people have more time to be politically active
  • better psychological/mental and physical health
  • better working morale
  • more efficient work through more intense arrangement
  • more meaningful work, because it is less harming

What are the negative repercussions of the vision? On whom?

  • companies leave Europe
  • business plan needed (this may cost)
  • potentially more organisation needed (co-ordination, enrolment, etc.)
  • less social interaction in day-work context 

What is necessary for this future?


  • general acknowledgment and understanding of the vision and why it is so urgent/important
  • laws and regulation for the new working situation: e.g. maximum work time (so people do not work double the time to earn double the money)
  • a plan to interest companies in the regulations change to avoid a corporate run (increased productivity = decreased labour costs, economics of ALL companies change by the same proportions, change of prices along customer needs)

Resources (a rough estimation):

Presupposition: at an employment rate of 20% and an increased productivity by 20% and parallel reduction of weekly labour time to 20 hours around 44% of workplaces will be missing.

  1. We can either decrease the input by a) technological innovation, b) methodological innovation (co-operation and joint resource use of all companies in an administrative district)
  2. Or we can increase the output by a) increasing sales quantity (new customers or new markets), b) specialisation (missing workplaces can be covered by work programmes to ensure EU-wide full employment across all member states)

Another possibility is to reduce workplaces to just the needed, not harmful, and purposeful ones insofar needed to cover all needed labour.

Skills: We need the general understanding that a 4-hour work day is a lot more pleasant and long-term more productive and pleasing than an 8-hour work day. Regardless of how much virtual capital is being produced by senseless labour.

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