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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 a global collaborative initiative to help communities design projects to fast track the 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 sessions. The process provides a structured, iterative co-design framework to develop and implement Circular Economy services, projects and products.

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

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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 to collaborate locally and globally.

 

The aim of this first session is to map problems facing their communities, existing solutions, and key gaps and areas to address.

SESSION 2
DEFINE

In this second event, participants and organizers from local communities review 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 explore the key stakeholders in their communities to address these issues based on their level of interest and level of influence.

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SESSION 3
MAKE
 

During this third event, participants and organizers from local communities 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 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.

SESSION 4
RELEASE

In this fourth event, project teams  identify the key conditions required to scale and expand their ideas. Participants develop an implementation plan to determine the activities, resources, stakeholders needed to scale and expand their projects.

Beyond the fourth event, aRoundTable continues to work with teams to connect them to important stakeholders and decision-makers to implement their circular initiatives.

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Partners

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Participating communities