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Conference Papers Year : 2019

Challenging Assumptions About How the Transition to a Circular Economy Might Help or Hinder Prosperity


Rationale: Circular Economy (CE) strategies are being developed across the globe in an effort to find solutions that support sustainable economic, environmental, and social goals simultaneously. There are many innovative, creative, and inspiring CE initiatives being developed and deployed around the world, therefore it becomes crucial to critically assess them in order to determine if they are indeed moving us towards a prosperous future. Focusing on the concept of ‘prosperity’, the content of this workshop will explore the ways in which current CE practices affect the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of a prosperous future. In addition, the workshop process will offer an example of a powerful participatory engagement tool to facilitate effective dialogue around complex topics which can be applied to future work. Learning Objectives: 1. Gain a more multifaceted understanding of what societal prosperity is, and how participants can personally position themselves to help or hinder that prosperity. 2. Experience how dialogic participatory methods may be used in practice to facilitate meaningful conversations and co-create solutions. 3. Increase awareness of relevant CE initiatives being deployed in different socio, economic, cultural and environmental contexts. 4. Experience in critical examination of CE initiatives for their contribution to the transition to a sustainable future. 5. Develop introductory skills on systems thinking in order to analyse, assess and propose relevant initiatives in the realms of CE and Sustainability Studies. Abstract Details: The workshop will begin with a short icebreaker activity, and a framing of the workshop with specific emphasis on varied stakeholders’ understanding of prosperity. This will lead into a ‘World Cafe’, to explore participants perspective on prosperity and their personal positioning towards societal prosperity. Participants will then, in groups, be lead through an exercise to explore a specific circular economy initiative case study. Each group will be guided through a process to assess the circularity, sustainability, and strategic nature of their designated case study, with opportunities to unpack how this assessment might be relevant to their own work. Finally, participants will feedback and discuss potential challenges with the wider group. Workshop Interactivity: This workshop will be interactive, with many opportunities to engage with other participants and cross pollinate ideas.
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hal-02368743 , version 1 (25-11-2019)


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Heather Rogers, Aodhan Newsholme, Santiago Perez. Challenging Assumptions About How the Transition to a Circular Economy Might Help or Hinder Prosperity. Ecocity World Summit 2019, Oct 2019, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨hal-02368743⟩
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