The U Process and Wastewater Reuse Exchange

The U Process and Wastewater Reuse Exchange

The U process helped me to learn and integrate a group working theoretically on another thematic than my work under the WasteWater Reuse Exchange but in fact working exactly on the same willingness to empower disadvantaged populations and understand with them how we could change some unacceptable status such as precarious lives, self-exclusion to certain things due to stress or other psychological burdens.

Beyond the non rational factor, I realised quickly that the social, environmental and economic troubles we face can be only solved via people like this team thinking on the SDGs a much different way than top down approach.

Even if a rich person might have a lower footprint than a disadvantaged one as he can afford long lasting and better processed goods, the circular economy is not only a question a material reuse.

I wished our group would have existed 20 or more years ago for common people to show decision makers in multinationals and multilateral agencies extremely important values such as resilience and solidarity. 

It’s time now to do things differently and very quickly (because of pollutions effects) by prototyping interdependencies between actors via win-win, or value co-creation (outside friendships).

The U process in my WasteWater Reuse Exchange work: the values of solidarity, civility and respect are rewarded via the dividends of the transformation of their wastewater into by-products such as clean water, energy, fertilizers and biocement. Next step would be that wastewater suppliers consciously entitle others to benefit from their wastewater (or or raw materials) for the good sake of the next generations (this can be compared to leaving a toilet clean by respect for the next user).

In such a way, wastewater suppliers would contributes better than the ones giving lessons at COP24. They could track and show the value chain of their actions (e.g. cleaning with organic soap to allow the wastewater treatment plant to generate revenues rather than costs).

Beyond revenues and jobs creations via wastewater reuse, our tool is also a way to raise awareness on products from “waste” and choices anybody could make, the equality of humans (everybody has wastewater) and the change of trust patterns (no more needs of intermediaries, no needs of more debts for green bonds for infrastructures not showing how providers are chosen, etc.)

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