Re-thinking Progress: event summary

April 02, 2014

The idea behind Re-thinking Progress was to offer an event that complemented the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s varying educational programmes and resources for individuals from different sectors, backgrounds and disciplines.

As an open-house event, with a timetable of sessions and spaces to network, we aimed to create a format that enabled opportunities for networking and sharing ideas around the circular economy in education.

Over the three days experts, academics and thought leaders from around the world presented at the University of Bradford’s re:centre both in person and via telepresence, including a live interview with Ellen MacArthur. Scroll down to watch this in full.

Thank you to all those who attended and presented, please see below for the full programme of sessions and feedback from the event.

Watch 'In conversation with Ellen MacArthur' from Tuesday 25th March

It was really inspirational to hear how well the Circular Economy messaging is spreading across the world and different industries. The event was truly inspiring, with lots of new information, but also time to reflect, opportunities to develop ideas ourselves and a chance to network with forward thinking people from across the world.

Miriam Adcock, Zero Waste Scotland

I enjoyed the fact that it was an international, certainly European event. There was a definite buzz around the event. I hope it can be repeated in a couple of years to see how things have moved on!

Mick Bradley, Centre for Global Education York

Great initiative, I liked the relaxed but structured format. Great venue. The obvious passion and competence of the ‘facilitators’ encouraged a great level of interaction and knowledge sharing – thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable.

Steve Harris, Nynas UK AB

Thought provoking and stimulating, I left with a handful of business cards and a headful of project ideas.

Steve Cayzer, University of Bath

See full event programme below:

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