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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?

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.

Methodology

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

 
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Event 

Overview

SESSION 1
UNDERSTAND

During the first event of aRoundTable, local community organisers and a range of different stakeholders - local governments, companies, citizens, NGOs - from the community come together in an online Zoom meeting ad form local aRoundTable teams.

The aim of this first session is to map problems facing their communities, existing solutions, and key gaps and areas to address. Structured templates and tools are provided to facilitate these discussions, which are then shared publicly to encourage global and local collaboration and exchange.

SESSION 2
DEFINE

In this second event, the local aRoundTable teams come together in an online Zoom meeting to build on their discussions from Session 1.

 

During Session 2, the goal is to review the key problems and solution areas identified in Session 1 to prioritise most important aspects issues to focus on based on the impact they can create and the effort required.

The session also explores the key stakeholders in their communities to address these issues based on their level of interest and level of influence.

Structured templates and tools are provided to facilitate these discussions, which are then shared publicly to encourage global and local collaboration and exchange.

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SESSION 3
MAKE

During this third event, local aRoundTable teams meet online 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, the aim of the session is to create a prototyping plan to develop and test their idea in their communities. Structured templates and tools are provided to facilitate these discussions, which are then shared publicly to encourage global and local collaboration and exchange.

After the event, local aRoundTable teams will implement these prototypes and capture feedback to identify how to iterate and build on the solutions to improve it further.

SESSION 4
RELEASE

In this fourth event, local aRoundTable teams from around the world meet one last time to build on the outcomes from the previous sessions.

The goal of the session is to identify the key conditions required to scale their solutions from Session 3 and develop an implementation plan to identify the activities, schedule, funding and resource needs, and roles of the various stakeholders
 

Structured templates and tools are provided to facilitate these discussions, which are then shared publicly to encourage global and local collaboration and exchange.

After this final session, local aRoundTable teams will continue to collaborate to implement their circular projects with support from local decision-makers and share the status of their projects during Circular Cities Week at the end of the year.

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Partners

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Participating communities