Data is Power, or Is It? Mobilizing the Ethical Consumer

Date: 

Monday, November 28, 2011, 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Dara O'RourkeDara O’Rourke, University of California, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Transparency Policy Project and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

About the Seminar


By simply downloading an app, consumers can access environmental, social and health impacts of more than 140,000 products. What does this mean for market interactions? What are the implications for governance of global supply chains? GoodGuide Co-founder Dara O’Rourke will discuss the promise and peril of pushing the envelope in a new age of transparency.

About the Speaker
Dara O’Rourke is an associate professor of environmental and labor policy at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching courses on environmental policy and regulation, environmental justice, and the governance of global production. O’Rourke is interested quite broadly in the environmental, social, and equity impacts of global production systems and new strategies of democratic governance. He is currently conducting research on the political economy and policy aspects of a number of global supply chains – including garments, shoes, paper, coffee, electronics, and petrochemicals – from resource extraction, to manufacturing, to use and disposal. O’Rourke is interested in governmental and non-governmental strategies for monitoring and accountability over these production systems, and new models of public participation in environmental and labor policy regulation. He is leading a team of researchers focused on analyzing and improving the quality of information available to consumers on the social, environmental, and health impacts of products and companies; researching the impacts of this information on consumer behavior; and developing tools to deliver better information to consumers in the most credible and user-friendly way possible.