November 24, 2020

Boosting resilience in the circular economy: Crowdsourcing and Expert Dialogue

Uncover how the circular economy can help to boost resilience

Time to walk the talk of building back better. It's been a year since the covid-19 pandemic began to shake up life as we know it. Many of us have come to realise that the impacts of the virus aren't going to disappear anytime soon. The need to boost our resilience to future shocks has never been more salient. But while talks about the need to build back better have dominated public debate, many concrete long-term actions are yet to materialise. It's time to walk the talk. 

That is why Circle Economy invites circular economy enthusiasts and experts to share and discuss practical examples of how circularity can support resilience in times of unforeseeable change.

Together, we will crowdsource a digital collection of case studies and ideas, and discuss selected examples from this collection during an expert dialogue on 17 December 2020.


Boosting resilience in the circular economy. Our latest research highlights the resilience-building potential of the circular economy. Particularly three circular economy strategies—decentralisation, resource efficiency and transferable skills—can contribute to the resilience of nature, economies and communities but also carry risks. 

The question that we ask ourselves now is: how can we realise this potential in practice? 


From theory to action. Circle Economy invites you to jointly explore answers to this question in two steps: 


1. Idea crowdsourcing: 

We will crowdsource a digital collection of case studies and ideas that demonstrate how the circular economy can or is already helping to build resilience. 


Please add your circular economy case studies and ideas related to the hotspots: decentralisation, shared resources and transferable skills to our digital collection (Password: Resilience2020).

Please add your name and contact details to your case studies if you'd like to be contacted to reflect on your contribution during the expert dialogue on 17 December 2020.


2. Expert dialogue: 


On 17 December 2020 from 3 - 4.30 PM (CET), we explore the viability of selected cases from our crowdsourced digital collection during an expert dialogue


We are excited to be joined by experts My Selleberg (Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre), David Jácome Polit (Chief Resilience Officer, Quito, Ecuador), Natalia Papu (Research Analyst at Circle Economy) and Esther Goodwin Brown (Partnerships Manager and Strategist at Circle Economy).


After the dialogue, we will share a summary of the insights and learnings we gained during the session. This summary will provide businesses, governments and communities with anchor points for strengthening resilience through circular economy and for walking the talk of building back better.



About the speakers

With thanks to the Goldschmeding Foundation


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