|LONDON, 9 March 2011 – A
London conference aims at giving housework a twenty first century makeover.
Housework has long been dismissed as drudgery - the job of the hard-pressed
homemaker whose efforts are rarely recognised, let alone rewarded.
from the worlds of sociology, law, economics and retail are now
gathering on 17th and 18th March to consider the need to
recognise housework as vital part of our social systems.
conference, Sustainable Living: Professional Approaches to Housework, taking
place this 17th and 18th of March at the Grocers Hall in
London, will suggest a radically different approach to housework as playing a
fundamental and vital role in creating a sustainable environment.
elevating housework to its new look status are themselves successful
professionals from household names such as IKEA, Intel Labs and SEARS Holdings.
Together with members of the New Economics Foundation, the Federation of Small
Businesses and the Hong Kong Housing Authority panels will discuss the links
between Business Management and the home, be it a company’s CSR or a director’s
transferable skills inside and outside the home.
addition to the panels above the conference boasts key note speakers from the
areas of sociology, journalism , law and ecology.
environment at home: Aggie Mackenzie, television
presenter of How Clean is Your House, Channel 4 and writer of hugely
successful ‘Ask Aggie’ Penguin publication
The influence of the
home on social dynamics: Sergio
philosopher and expert on bioethics, Professor of the University of Bologna on Sociology
of Cultural Processes, Faculty of Political Science "Roberto
Housework and legal
frameworks: Peggie Smith, leading scholar and American legal expert on
regulations of care givers and Professor of Law at Washington University
Human Ecology: Home,
work and society. Mauri Ahlberg, currently Visiting
Professor of the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education.
The Role Businesses Play in Sustainable Domestic Development,
Panel Chair: Professor Marta Elvira
David Stover (Vice-President, Information Technology Transformation, SEARS)
Helen Kersley (author of the ‘Valuing What Matters’ Report by the New Economics
Marie-Claude Hemmings (Federation of Small Businesses)
Management – Technical, Interpersonal and Personal Competences of Work
Panel Chair: Professor Julia Prats
Professor Dr. Michael-Burkhard Piorkowsky (University of Bonn)
Charlie Browne (UK Corporate Environment Manager, IKEA)
Ada Fung (Deputy Director of Housing, Housing
Department, The Government of the HKSAR)
For more information on the Sustainable Living:
Professional Approaches to Housework international conference please
consult the Home Renaissance Foundation website: www.homerenaissancefoundation.org
Angela Dauterman Ordaz
Telephone: +44 207 229 2351