“We share the vision of a circular economy. An idea for a truly sustainable future that works without waste, in symbiosis with our environment and resources. A future where every product is designed for multiple cycles of use, and different material or manufacturing cycles are carefully aligned, so that the output of one process always feeds the input of another. Rather than seeing emissions, manufacturing byproducts, or damaged and unwanted goods as ‘waste’, in the circular economy they become raw material, nutrients for a new production cycle.”
Together with Andrew Thomson from Stop reset Go, enkel will organise a local WA event for the global Open Source Circular Economy days (OSCE Days). This is a one-day event in Fremantle on Saturday 13 June.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN PERTH DURING THE DAY?
MORNING: Setting the Scene
9 AM – Intro to the event – enkel collective
9.20 – What is the Circular Economy? – Presentation by Andrew Thomson, industrial designer, currently studying the first Circular Economy MBA. He’s also working with a global team to build a commons collaboration platform called STOP RESET GO – a framework consisting of complimentary digital tools that will help bring together movements, change agents and organizations already working to tackle global challenges.
9.50 – Making sense of an open source future. Presentation and following discussion on the future and the importance of open source and what it involves, breaking silos on a local and global level. Adam Jorlen – futurist and co-founder of the enkel collective. Adam works to introduce and embed futures thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship in organisations. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF).
10.30 – Break
10.45 – Creative collaboration activity
11 – Presentations by local initiatives applying OSCE principles.
11.30 – Challenges introduced and participants are split into groups (see below)
12 – Lunch
13 – Hackathon – Participants work separately on challenges of their choice (see below)
15.30 – Presentation to the group of findings.
16 – FINISH
16.30 -Video link / discussion with the OSCE Days 2015 team in Cape Town, South Africa.
16.45 – Drinks and further collaboration afterwards
The particular challenge areas we will work on here in WA are:
1. How can older houses and communities be retrofitted or modified, following the open source ethos and “Circular” design principles, so that they do more good rather than less bad? New houses and estates can be developed and built taking into account many of the issues relating to energy provision, water, climate control, domestic waste and so on. But what about existing housing and communities, what can be done to retrofit or modify these so that they effectively close the loop and actually do good for the owners, community and environment? Facilitated by Andrew Thomson, collaboration platform Stop reset Go.
2. Development and ideation on systems enablers that would allow an alternative economy to flourish that incorporates open source development, collaboration, peer to peer and Circular economy principles amongst others. More specifically: How can we provide a service to existing institutions, which facilitates the transformation to a Western Australia based on open source and circular economy principles? Facilitated by Adam Jorlen, Futurist and co-founder, enkel collective.
3. The power of the arts and technology to drive citizen behavioural change towards a long-term focus. Using the arts in new and profound ways to: engage people, build empathy and awareness, educate and stimulate participation and collaboration so that the system as a whole benefits. And more specifically; How can we combine art and technology to create a transmedia lab for promotion of changemaking activities and engaging Western Australians in these? Facilitated by Jordan Ivatts, Director Living Labs, enkel collective.
4. How could Fremantle become a welcoming haven for those who have not found a place in the world? The homeless, disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities, including our indigenous community, seem to be truly struggling at present. What could be done to help these people reconnect with society in a way that is purposeful and meaningful to them? Facilitated by Melanie Bainbridge, Sustainability (Strategic) Officer, City of Fremantle.