Welcome to the website of the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity. The conference took place in the German city of Leipzig from September 2-6, 2014.
  • thanks

    Thank you for an amazing conference!

    There were people from 74 countries in Leipzig, so we're sorry not to say "thank you!" here in all the corresponding languages. We're now turning this website into an interactive archive. You can already find videos, articles, and photos of the conference. Check again later for more!
  • Visit our blog!

    The Degrowth 2014 blog features many articles by very diverse authors. There's also impressions from the conference itself.
  • Videos of the conference

    Missed an exciting event? You can watch the videos of many events on the website already!
  • slide programme

    The programme is now an archive

    The conference is over, but a lot of notes have been taken and videos have been made. We're now linking these to the events in the programme, so that you can search for the documentation of an event in the online programme. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us or try again later.
  • slide - what does degrowth mean


    We had a debate about what "degrowth" means to us within the organizing group of the conference. Here you can read what we agreed on.
  • Lea Brosch snail By Lea Brosch 

    What made the Degrowth-Conference special?

    We tried to organize a conference which corresponded to the idea of degrowth. But what does that actually mean? Find out here!

The focus of the 2014 conference was on concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth. The conference gave room for scientific debates, exchange between activists and economic pioneers as well as artistic approaches to the subject. Both scientific insights and concrete projects and policies were presented, experimented with and discussed. The conference is part of an international cycle of events: before, there have been conferences on degrowth in Paris 2008, in Barcelona 2010 and in Venice and Montreal 2012.

Why degrowth?

Many analyses from various scientific disciplines imply that a growth-based economic and social system cannot have a future: Despite a growing number of technological solutions for “Green Growth”, inequality and the destruction of nature are significantly on the rise. It is high time to develop economic and social models that are independent of growth and can provide for a good life for everybody.