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A Social Lab is no place for perfectionism
April 1, 2019April 1, 2019
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A Social Lab is no place for perfectionism

Prototyping while participating in a format that is a prototype itself When I was asked to join the Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab in spring 2018 I felt two emotions: Excitement and doubt. Excitement about the opportunity to finally have the chance to be part of a practical experience of what I had learned...

February 21, 2019March 26, 2019
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Valerie’s reflections

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...

Our Social Lab experience
February 21, 2019March 26, 2019
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Our Social Lab experience

Our shared mission was literally to explore the potential of ecosystem awareness and facilitate the co-creation of solutions for circular economy transformation in the Canton de Vaud. Although, before the Circular Resource Lab’ workshops, most of us didn’t know each other, and some didn’t even understand exactly what Circular Economy was. So, why more than...

Circular Economy, for and by everyone together
February 21, 2019February 27, 2019
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Circular Economy, for and by everyone together

What does it take to generate a new idea? A new way of thinking? A new societal order? For those of us who were lucky enough to participate in the Circular Resources Lab between September and December, we learned that it is more about emotional intelligence and interpersonal connection than we had originally assumed. When...

Atelier des Futurs – Back to the future of communities
February 21, 2019March 26, 2019
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Atelier des Futurs – Back to the future of communities

During the Beyond Waste Social Lab, our group formed around the topics of behavioural change. There was a common understanding, that aside from information and new technical circular solutions and product design, what is really needed is a shift of paradigm and awareness. A shift towards zero waste and circular economy requires a major change...

Circular Resources Lab: a co-creator’s view
February 20, 2019March 26, 2019
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Circular Resources Lab: a co-creator’s view

After three months, six full days of workshops, several half-day team meetings and countless Skype calls, interviews, Slack posts, reading and reflecting — nothing like a cold, rainy Sunday to take a step back and think about the whole Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab experience. Two important insights come to my mind first: how...

From Ego-to-Eco: my lived experience
February 20, 2019May 14, 2019
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From Ego-to-Eco: my lived experience

The U-Process facilitates the transition from an individual viewpoint (ego-system awareness), to a collective one (ecosystem awareness). For one who has never experienced this shift, it may sound like a vague claim full of social innovation jargon like “collective intelligence”, “transformative learning” and “ecosystem co-creation”. You can appreciate the concept at an intellectual level, but...