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South African-based Non Profit, Institute of Future Living (IFL) and global commons initiative Stop Reset Go (SRG) are jointly hosting Open Source Circular Economy Days 2015 in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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What happens when OPEN SOURCE meets CIRCULAR ECONOMY?  Come out to Open Source Circular Economy Days to find out! Listen to talks, collaborate on local and global challenges, work with local and global change agents to drive change and bake bread.This free event is a nonlinear mashup of makers, hackers, developers, change agents, permies, urban agriculturalists, industrial designers, engineers, students, etc…sure to generate some interesting new ideas.

Date :  Saturday 13 June, 9am to 5pm,  Sunday 14 June, 9am to 5pm

Location : Maker Station, 9 Plein Street, Woodstock, Cape Town


NOTE: Event times are from 9am to 5pm on 13 June and 14 June. QUIKET tickets have a bug and the drop down menu choices give the wrong times. The event does NOT start at 5pm, but rather, at 9am.

Tickets are free but there is limited seating capacity of 40 people max so book early. For more info, contact

event info: gien@stopresetgo.org,

venue info: Felix@makerstation.co.za


The circular economy is an economy which reuses, remanufactures and recycles all materials. There is no waste in an ideal circular economy as all technical nutrients are recovered or decomposes benignly in the environment. In order to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change, we must rapidly 1) reduce consumption significantly AND 2) migrate to a circular economy. OSCE Days 2015 is an event that educates and raises awareness of a circular economy so that we may achieve these important targets.

OSCE Cape Town and Johannesburg is coordinating 2 days of Google Hangout talks (June 11 and 12) with change agents working on various dimensions of a circular economy and live streamed to all the other participating cities and the internet. The online conference will provide a global perspective and systems level understanding of the importance of a circular economy. This is followed by 2 days of educational and fun local events on June 13 and 14.  Different cities in the 30+ OSCE network intend to globally collaborate on different challenges via skype or google hangout sessions.

Due to accepting to organize this event last minute, our program is going to be limited this year, but we hope to start initiatives now that will lay the foundation for a great event next year.

See full program below.

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FEATURE: June 11 to 12, 9am – 5pm SAST:  International Live-streamed Circular Economy Google Hangout Conference 

NOTE: This is NOT happening at the local venue but is ONLINE CONFERENCE ONLY so don’t come to the venue on June 11 and 12!…we won’t be there!

July 11 to 12, OSCE Cape Town and OSCE Johannesburg will be hosting Google Hangout interviews with some pretty interesting people in a variety of fields connected to the circular economy. The talks and round table sessions will be broken into three major streams:

  1. Circular Design – June 11 morning
  2. Global Perspectives – June 11 afternoon
  3. Economic System Redesign – June 12 afternoon

The Google Hangout conference schedule is here on the OSCE Live Stream page. Click on the info button for detailed information about each talk. There should be some great talks.

FEATURE: June 13, 9:30-10:00am SAST:   A Global Commons strategy for scaling up Local Circular Economies globally

Stop Reset Go and Institute of Future Living are jointly developing a “global commons”  strategy for scaling up great open circular designs to create local circular economies around the planet. How will we do this? How can we all earn a living in this open source paradigm? How do designers earn a living?  We have a strategy but we need you to come out and help us develop it.. More information on IFL and SRG can be found here:


There are many potential software challenges under this framework, including software builds for digital currency or value system, data visualization, semantic web, ecological footprinting, game engine, etc…

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FEATURE: June 13, 10:30am – 11:30am SAST:   Global Circular Forum

OSCE Cape Town and OSCE Johannesburg will participate in a global forum. We will be linking up with OSCE Perth Australia, hosted by Enkel Open Collective and other potential cities such as Rotterdam and London. The format of this will be revealed as soon as it collectively emerges from us! Enkel is a very innovative open space and have sessions called “Idea Clashes” where a mashup of different thinkers, tinkerers and innovators coallesce in the same space and magic happens. Solutions emerge from meeting of minds coming from different spaces.

FEATURE: June 13, 11:30-12 noon SAST:   Kandu Open Food Network – mimicking nature’s closed loop systems design in technologically driven agricultural value networks

Kandu /OFN is a model for sustainable, localised food production and distribution which aims to reduce the excessive energy spend, associated emission and waste which is inherent in the current fresh produce value chain by using an open source technology platform to allow the formation of self organising, decentralised agricultural value networks in which available fresh produce can be exchanged locally or put up for sale in the macro economy by collectives of small organic producers.

Lawrence Strydom, founder, Kandu data management and food network platform, professional technologist, permaculturalist and amateur biomimicist,

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FEATURE: June 13 and 14 at High Noon SAST:   Circular Lunch / Circular Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of activity in most households…and also an epicenter for material and energy flows (the bathroom and toilet is the other one…hmmmm…one for going in, the other for going out!).

As part of OSCE Days 2015, we will be having a CIRCULAR lunch! No, this isn’t eating round objects but we will be cooking a communal meal and trying to be conscious of material and energy flows in the kitchen. We may cook soup, dhal, pizzas too…and all the meanwhile, we’ll try to inspire each other to be more efficient in the kitchen.

After lunch, we will have a brainstorming session and post all our ideas for improving material and energy flows in the kitchen. This is part of our Circular Kitchen and Circular Cooking challenge.

We’ll be making homemade yummy bread in Maker Stations Home-made bread oven. Volunteers are encouraged to come earlier and contribute to DIY lunch.

FEATURE: June 13, 1pm – 2pm SAST:  Circular Brainstorming Session

Being linear is habituated into us and circular thinking requires breaking out of old patterns of habituated thinking and behavior.

After lunch we will be having a circular brainstorming session. We’ll break up into small groups and armed with pencil, paper and imagination, we will be like Einstein and do some Gedankens (thought experiments). We’ll step through our typical day and look at all the areas where we are being linear rather than circular. This exercise will help us to see just how wasteful a society we’ve become and will help us to rethink the way we live.

Throughout this exercise, remember: Problems = Opportunities!

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FEATURE: June 14, 1:10pm to 1:30pm SAST:   A Valued Circular Economy: a socially inclusive new framework

Through recent talks on Circular Economy these last years we have reviewed the numerous benefits on our environmental impact. But how about the social impact? In times where markets are emerging from all corners of the globe, going the circular route inclusive of social values might be a better alternative than old economy routes.

Alex Lemille, Founder Wizeimpact, Circular Economy Industry Consultant

FEATURE: June 14, 1:30pm to 3:00pm SAST:   Technology Disassembly Workshop

Local Circular Economy evangelist Alex Lemille is going to show you how to rip apart technologies like mobile phones, small electronic appliances, etc with your bare hands….plus a screwdriver, pliers, etc….to reveal to us the guts of modern technology and how non circular they currently are. The disassembly workshop will be preceded by a short talk on Circular Economy. We encourage participants to bring in old, broken down electronics, etc so we can collectively operate on it. This is a fun family activity for kids to see what’s inside the mobile devices that occupy so much of their time. Dissasembly workshops are a great way to reverse engineer products so that we can evaluate them from a circular perspective – to see how we would redesign the technology to eliminate / reduce waste.

Alex Lemille, Founder Wizeimpact, Circular Economy Industry Consultant

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FEATURE: June 13 1pm to 5pm, June 14 9am to 5pm SAST:   Challenges

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IFL and SRG  will host two major types of challenges relevant to South African society and the planet in general.  OSCE is a starting point to begin long term work on these challenges:

  1. global challenges relevant to circularizing marginalized communities around the world and balancing out inequality whilst enabling social development within planetary boundaries via the Oxfam Doughnut model of social and planetary boundaries (Raeworth, 2012)
  2. global challenges that relate to building out a global commons strategy and digital platform that seeks to unify and economically support change agents, the virtual design community and progressive brick and mortar makers/producers around the globe to rapidly build out local circular economies to assist in rapid emissions reduction (Tyndall Centre, 2013) as well as rapid general ecological footprint reduction

These are umbrella challenges that encompass many subchallenges. We encourage participants to look through these challenges and see which ones appeal to them. Everyone is also welcome to think about what kinds of challenges they would like to bring to the event and share with others as well.

  • All the challenges are posted here
  • The main Root challenge is here and all other challenges derive from this hyperlinked Root challenge
  • The Circularizing Marginalized Community challenge is here
  • Circular Kitchen challenge is here

  • Global Commons Framework Challenge – Help to build the Stop Reset Go Global Commons digital platform for breaking down silos between change agents, sharing resources effectively, empower the commons to take the driver seat in rapids emissions reduction, equalizing wealth and creating global local circular economies – a framework built by the commons for the commons!
  • Circularizing marginalized communities Challenge – IFL is leading this challenge to develop holistic community models that can uplift the communities residing at the base of the pyramid through a local circular economy strategy synchronized with Stop Reset Go’s Global Commons strategy. This challenge consists of many subchallenges.
  • Redesigning the “Economy” in “Circular Economy” Challenge – In this challenge, participants can explore parallel alternative economic value systems that may play a strategic role in rapid migration towards local circular economies
  • The role can the maker community in circularizing the local economy Challenge  – Felix Holm of Maker Station and Lerato Thahane of IFL lead this challenge on the role the maker community can play in transforming the local economy into a local circular economy, especially marginalized communities of South Africa.
  • Gosol Community Solar Thermal Build Challenge – This is a community solar thermal technology from Gosol. We are hoping to build the 4kW unit for the event. Let’s see if we can make it happen!
  • Circular Kitchen Challenge – This is challenge to design a circular kitchen and to look at how we can cook in a more circular way
  • Cape Town Urban Wind Challenge – This is challenge to design a circular kitchen and to look at how we can cook in a more circular way
  • Other challenges available on the Challenges page…or bring your own! Challenges started at OSCE Days will continue on afterwards.


Full Program Schedule June 11 to 14

  • June 11 to 12 Google Hangout talks and round tables- This only takes place over the web and will NOT  at the local venue. Check https://oscedays.org/live-stream/ for talks and times or here for the speaker schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T_oTqKb62R-w96IPp6rfsaHjPWs0oLHnZjgR4uEYbOs/edit?usp=sharing
  • June 13 to 14 Local event at venue


JUNE 11 to 12  CIRCULAR ECONOMY GOOGLE HANGOUT Conference organized by OSCE Cape Town and OSCE Johannesburg (NOTE: This is an online, live streamed internet conference only and is NOT happening at the 9 Plein street venue)

July 11 to 12, we will be hosting Google Hangout Interviews with circular economy experts in a variety of areas broken into three major streams:

  1. Design – June 11 morning
  2. Global Perspectives – June 11 afternoon
  3. Economic System Redesign – June 12 afternoon

The tentative Google Hangout conference schedule is here:


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Morning session – talks and round table discussion (9am to 12 noon with 15 minute coffee break at 10:30am) – live google hangout or skype with Johannesburg OSCE Days

  • 8am: DIY breadmaking – come in early and learn how to make bread for communal lunch…try to have a circular mindset while doing it!
  • 9am: Introduction to OSCE Days and summary of 2 day events
  • 9:10 am: Introduction to Circular Economy: What is it, why is it necessary? Corporate vs Commons circularization trend.
  • 9:30 am: Introduction to IFL and SRG’s global commons circular economy strategy
  • 10:00 am: What role can the Maker community play in uplifting marginalized communities of South Africa?
  • 10:30 am: Global hangout with Perth Australia (and maybe London and Rotterdam) to share ideas and work on some specific challenges together (more details coming soon)
  • 11:30 am: Building a circular, decentralized food production and distribution system in South Africa
  • 12 noon: circular lunch

Afternoon session (1pm to 5pm)

  • 1:00pm: Introduction to afternoon session then Circular Brainstorm
  • 1:10pm to 2:00pm: Circular Brainstorming / Gedanken
  • 2:00pm to 2:30pm:  What is Challenge Tree and WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?): hint – let’s make a Challenges commons aka Arthur Brock’s Stones/Tumbler/Gems model
  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm: Group challenges



Morning Session – design work (9am to 12 noon with 15 minute coffee break at 10:30am)

  • 8am: DIY breadmaking – come in early and learn how to make bread for communal lunch…try to have a circular mindset while doing it!
  • 9am to noon: Breakout into groups to work on Challenges
  • 12 noon: circular lunch

Afternoon session – presentations (1pm to 5pm)

  • 1:00pm: Introduction to afternoon session then Circular Brainstorm
  • 1:10pm to 3:00pm: Talk and workshop: A Valued Circular Economy: a socially inclusive new framework – Alex Lemille, Wize Impact
  • 3:00pm to 4:30pm: Breakout into groups to work on Challenges
  • 4:30pm to 5:00pm: Regroup and share challenge work

On both days, there will be potential global Google Hangout or Skype call with Australia, UK, Netherlands and other cities to collaborate on challenges.


We wish to thank our amazing sponsors:




all information subject to change