Viewed in context, the dominance of our our current industrial model is a blip in time. Shouldn’t we be inspired to believe that large scale change is possible within our lifetime?
One thing the circular economy should not be confused with is some sort of perpetual gadget machine in which stuff is made and remade with nary a loss or impediment, with nothing new or unsullied: a place where eager businesses recover their products and magic them back to life for their customers with no waste.
In the follow up to his article on the Implications of Peak Energy, Simon Michaux, Senior Research Officer at the University of Liege explores how network systems theory could help build a framework for a prosperous society in a post-peak energy world.
Life is network based. Millions of years of evolution have allowed the natural world to develop what can be argued to be the most tried, tested and optimized protocols in existence: biological networks. The ability for Internet of Things (IoT) market stakeholders to interpret and effectively apply principles derived from
The rising trend of oil and commodity prices in the periods 2001 to 2008 and 2009 to 2012 might be thought to be enough of a rationale for getting smarter with resource use and meeting customer demands in novel ways, such as selling products as services. Add in the very
Forum for the Future have released two new tools that aim to improve circular economy understanding and implementation in design and business, developed in collaboration with Unilever and Novelis.
Plastics are high-performing, multi-application materials that have become an iconic feature of the modern industrial economy – for better, and worse. A symbol of rising living standards and domestic bliss in the 1950s, the material has gradually attracted more criticism as volumes rose and problematic waste ensued. The big question
The foundation of a prosperous global economy is an energy system that is reliable, resilient and accessible. Today, more than two billion people living without secure access to power, while increasing urbanisation, extreme weather events place current infrastructures under increasing strain.
This year’s Disruptive Innovation Festival brought together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy. The three-week online event, curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, gave attendees an abundance of opportunities to explore the economy through a different lens, with the circular economy