Many communities affected by Covid-19 have seen a rise in unemployment as well as a complete shift in the way they work.
For many the Pandemic has allowed us to pause and question how we live every day, what real value and meaning does our current linear economy provide for us?
The Circular Economy is a necessary and crucial part of recovery efforts to provide a more resilient economic system that can offer new opportunities for employment and jobs post-pandemic.
What is aRoundTable?
aRoundTable is a global Circular Economy Collaboration Initiative developed to help communities design projects to fast track Circular Economy transition and Build Back Better.
Our mission is to help Circular Economy organisations all around the world to drive innovation in their communities, turning ideas into real-life projects. To do so, we have created a circular design-thinking virtual workshop format that will engage local stakeholders to define key problems facing their community and develop actionable circular projects to address them over the course of four online sessions.
Learn more about the Circular Design Thinking methodology and suite of design-thinking and project management tools that we are using with aRoundTable to co-design and develop actionable circular economy projects with various communities around the world
Session 1 of aRoundTable 2021 was held on 30 March, when event organisers and the local community were invited to explore the question:
"How might we use Circular Economies principles and practice to help rebuild economies and create jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic?"
Local organisers around the world brought together a range of different stakeholders - local governments, companies, citizens, NGOs - in an online session to map problems facing their communities, existing solutions, and key gaps and areas to address.
Session 2 of aRoundTable 2021 was held on 27 April.
In this second event, participants and organizers from local communities reviewed the key problems and solution areas identified in Session 1 to prioritise most important aspects issues to focus on in their communities based on the impact they can create and the effort required.
Participants also explored the key stakeholders in their communities to address these issues based on their level of interest and level of influence.
During this third event, participants and organizers from local communities will meet to co-develop and co-design a prototype or pilot project that either enhances existing solutions or creates new solutions to address the problems identified and prioritised in Session 2.
In addition, participants will create a prototyping plan to develop and test their idea in their communities in order to see how well it could address the problems that they prioritised in Session 2.
After the event, participants will participants will implement these prototypes and capture feedback to identify how to iterate and build on the solutions to improve it further.
In this fourth event, project teams will connect with key-decision makers, policymakers, and stakeholders to get feedback and develop a plan for the scaling and implementation of their ideas.
aRoundTable will continue to work with teams and important stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss resources and avenues to ACTIVATE these prototypes or pilots.