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About

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?

What is aRound Table?

aRound Table is a global Circular Economy Collaboration Initiative developed to help Cities design projects to fast track Circular Economy transition and Build Back Better.

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.

aRoundTable proved the value of the 'global share' feature in a trial event held by 10 cities in July 2020, local ideas and innovation are shared at the end of each session between cities and built upon, thus fast-tracking the ability of the global community to activate innovation.

 
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Event

Overview

Week 1 Understand

In this premier event organisers will invite their members and local community 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?

 

We suggest an event structure 

60 Minutes of cities using worksheets like ‘understanding circular flows’ etc from EMF Circular Design guide.

60 minutes of post-it noting current understanding, questions and assumptions.

30 minutes of Cluster Mapping to organise all the ideas and assumptions generated.

Global Share

At the end of each session Each City team will then have the opportunity to upload their grouped themes to the Global Share Miro board. The global share Miro board will provide an opportunity to engage diversity of thinking, research and collaboration.

 

Teams carry out research and prepare for Session 2!

WEEK 2 DEFINE

After a short introduction the organisers will share with the participants some inspiring stories of circular economy creating new opportunities in our post-covid world.

Following that, attendees will start a process of sharing research carried out since the first session, identify needs, mapping their assumptions and developing defined research questions.

 

 

Global Share

The teams will share globally their findings and defined research questions on the Global Share Miro board.

At this point individual city and country teams will carry out iterative research and analysis as a homework before the following session - involving those who could be players in their theme.

WEEK 3 MAKE

At this point the participants will have a clearer idea of key theme they want to work on. Some of them might decide to move to a different group at this stage, fostering collaborative projects that can be carried out among people all over the world.

Using the question “How might we…?”, groups will frame themes into problem statements, proceeding into stages of synthesis, ideation and building low fidelity prototypes. 

GLOBAL SHARE

Finally groups will present the prototypes to get feedback and useful insights from other groups and participants. Local and then Global share.

Prototype testing and analysis homework.

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Event Schedule

Host city intro 1 23th June
City Hosts Event Introduction and organisation. How to use online Global Collaboration tools.
Host city intro 2
25th June
Global Collaboration share city hosts practice session.
Event Introduction
1th July
Here international CEC leaders talk about inspiring developments and introduce the event.
Week 1 Understand
3rd July
Week 2 Define 10th July
Week 3 Make
17th July
Week 4 Release 24th July
Project highlights, summary and Activation Vision 

Partners

Event Resources

and CE Open Library

ABOUT THIS VENUE:
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Event 

Overview

SESSION 1
UNDERSTAND
Launching 
January 2021

In January 2021 event organisers will invite their members and the local community 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?"

 

We will suggest an event structure and process that enables localisation, online and local collaborative participation. 

We provide the technology for global teams to share and build upon each others ideas.

GLOBAL SHARE ​

Local organizers will record all notes or observations from the brainstorming and cluster mapping, group the relevant patterns and notes into teams and form a statement that describes each theme

We will then invite local organizers to a Global Share session to add your themes and statements to the Miro board.

EVENT OUTCOMES

 

aRound Table Session 1, Understand, ran successfully with 8 City teams participating from Italy, Portugal, Brazil, India, Australia, Japan and Austria. On the 30th of July we completed our Global Share event and have grouped the major themes that emerged. See below in the embedded Miro board, more results and next steps to come soon.

SESSION 2
DEFINE

After a short introduction, the organisers will share with the participants some inspiring stories of circular economy creating new opportunities in our post-COVID world.

Following that, attendees will start a process of sharing research carried out since the first session, identify needs, mapping their assumptions and developing defined research questions.

We suggest spending 60-90 minutes in this exercise.

GLOBAL SHARE ​

The teams will record and share globally their findings and defined research questions on the Global Share Miro board.

At this point, individual city and country teams will carry out iterative research and analysis as homework before the following session - involving those who could be players in their theme.

SESSION 3
MAKE

At this point, the participants will have a clearer idea of the key theme they want to work on. Some of them might decide to move to a different group at this stage, fostering collaborative projects that can be carried out among people all over the world.

Using the question “How might we…?”, groups will frame themes into problem statements, proceeding into stages of synthesis, ideation and building low fidelity prototypes. 

GLOBAL SHARE ​

Finally, groups will present the prototypes to get feedback and useful insights from other groups and participants. Local and then Global share.

In preparation for the next session, groups will test their prototype and do further analysis.

SESSION 4
RELEASE

After a short update on their work, the teams will proceed with their solutions, creating a synthesis of the prototype testing and analysis and then moving to concept refinement and further prototyping. 


Teams can borrow ideas from any other design project in the world if they wish and make a prototype that will ideally involve end-users in the development teams. Teams will test the prototype locally and globally.

GLOBAL SHARE ​
At the end of this session, teams will add their refined prototype on the Miro board. They will also have time to receive some more feedback. Teams make decisions on what to do next, creating a project plan for further development.
We will work with various local organizers to identify and engage with important stakeholders and decision-makers to help teams build upon their prototypes

Partners

Participating cities

Event Resources

and CE Open Library

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