Day 4 kicked off with the ‘Ask Ellen’ session where Fellows and Mentors learnt about Ellen’s journey from sailing to forming the Foundation. A key question raised a number of times, was around the role of the consumer in a circular economy. This topic has sparked a number of interesting discussions at the Summer School and is being reflected in the Circular Economy Innovation Project choices by the Fellows of 2014.
Michael Pawlyn, Director of Exploration Architecture, hosted his session in the grounds of the university to consider the importance and relevance of natural systems to the circular economy.
In the afternoon, Mentors travelled to Chicheley Hall for the ‘Higher Education – Collaborative Opportunities’ session to discuss plans for future research and ways to develop circular economy thinking in academia.
Fellows worked in their teams on the Summer School challenge which this year focused on broken cities and ways to help regenerate them within a circular economy framework.
In the evening, Fellows and Mentors attended a poster exhibition of all the circular economy research that is ongoing at Cranfield University. This was followed by a Prestige Lecture with Ellen MacArthur and an opening address from Prof. Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University.