Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
J M Keynes
Welcome to our Wikispace. One overview and a largely borrowed glossary, five sections with a total of 20 briefings which will be followed by 20 videos and a scattering of workshop ideas for exemplification.
Each can be a stand alone topic but there are deeper relationships, as befits the notion of relational thinking. The choice of a boundary and these particular categories is not an attempt at a studious comprehensiveness but it is, hopefully, enough of a narrative if read in the round to be of assistance to those interested in the basics of the circular economy.
We wanted to be able to move from the abstract (‘systems thinking’) to the practical outworking (whole systems design) and then through ‘energy and materials’ – as deservedly a pairing as what follows: ‘products and services’ and finally to the great facilitators of human endeavour ‘money..’ and the messaging which is ‘…prices’.
Contributions have been made by a number of authors and each has their own emphasis and boundary in mind. These differences have not been subject to extensive editing and represent what is always the case: variations of interpretation within patterns and themes. As well as rejecting a formulaic approach to the parts there is also an impermanence about them. In any event this is, of course, a wiki and edits and clarifications are most welcome. Updates will be frequent and anyone who feels they have a much better candidate for any section can submit via our proforma.
There are five sections
1) 21st Century Enlightenment – science and systems is the core section made up of
2) Life, Design, Intention – design inspired by living systems and by intention to be restorative. Rebuilding social, economic and natural capital
3) Energy and Materials flows and how to optimise them
4) Products and Services examples of business models and realities for a circular economy
5) Money and Prices – exchange is facilitated by money and prices are messages to producers, users and consumers
The core text. Describing the basic shift from sustainability as 'doing less harm', and focussing on 'me and consumerism' to one of 'doing good' and 'systems and citizenship'.
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Film clips, publications, colour graphics, presentations…raw material for a range of educational activities.