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.
In this second event, participants and organizers from the first event will reconvene along with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers.
Participants will build on themes from the previous session to prioritise most important aspects of the problem to tackle, explore how gaps in existing solutions can be addressed, and identify the key stakeholders to involve.
We are planning to host Session 2 of aRoundTable 2021 at the end of April. Register to join our community and learn more about how you can participate in aRoundTable
During this third event, teams formed around ideas defined in the previous session will meet to co-develop and co-design a prototype or pilot project for their local communities.
aRoundTable will provide follow-up workshops and resources to help local organisers and teams further engage with local partners and decision-makers.
The teams will share their co-designed solutions and prototypes on the Global Share Miro board and give feedback during a virtual Global Share session with all the local teams.
Teams will continue to collaborate locally and globally to build and test their ideas.
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.