This section provides recommendations (from presentations, speakers and audience) for the Nordic countries and the Nordic Council of Ministers on continuing this discussion.
Envisioning the Future
Stimulate a debate in politics and broader society about sufficiency, what the concept entails, and what can be considered sufficiency in a Nordic context.
Create visions of future pathways towards sustainability that allow people to imagine their life under different scenarios that support a sustainable transition in our society.
Develop positive win-win language to use when promoting greener lifestyles.
Reconsidering the existing economic model
Stimulate debate in politics and broader society about the relevance of and means for stepping outside the pro-growth versus de-growth frame.
Encourage debates and discussions on the shortcomings of GDP in education, particularly in economics and business management studies in higher education.
Stimulate debate on which mechanisms lie behind the growth imperative and how these mechanisms might be tackled without causing societal instability.
Investigate the potential benefits of different schemes, such as reducing working hours to reduce unemployment risks from low growth and simultaneously reduce levels of material consumption.
Addressing multilateral and cross-sector challenges sufficiently
Analyse the underlying mechanisms that previously have led to successfully handling great crises. There are numerous previous examples of how society and policymakers have addressed imminent threats rapidly at a sufficient scale, e.g., COVID-19 and the depletion of the ozone layer. How can we transfer some of the knowledge and experience to our current crises?
Commence a study that develops measurement systems that enable monitoring of environmental pressures abroad caused by national consumption and map current best practices.
Identify the goods and services with the most significant pressures globally. The policy should focus on these, even if these pressures don’t occur domestically, and start a dialogue on how to address this best.