Category: Blog

Trusting the Process
February 20, 2019February 27, 2019
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Trusting the Process

What do you get when you take someone who is obsessed with traditional processes and idea-making and thrust them into an innovative social lab experience? As it turns out, letting yourself go and trusting others to lead you through a new experience can allow you to connect to the issue – and yourself – in...

Raising the bar: what we owe to ourselves
February 20, 2019July 31, 2019
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Raising the bar: what we owe to ourselves

Have we succeeded as citizens, as humans? Are we satisfied with the state of our country, of our world? Have we reached the end of our “development”?  These are the questions we must ask, not to rank each other, but to shake ourselves from the lethargy we are in. This is not the peak of...

Technical Workshop: After a Systemic Deep Dive, Design Thinking Methods to Develop Responsive Solutions
November 25, 2018March 26, 2019
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Technical Workshop: After a Systemic Deep Dive, Design Thinking Methods to Develop Responsive Solutions

Having established a connection to the source through presencing practices and clarified a sense of the future that wants to emerge, it was time to start prototyping solutions for a circular economy transition in the Canton of Vaud. A week after the Midterm Retreat we gathered again to start manifesting what wants to emerge through...

Demo Day: Showcasing our prototypes
November 23, 2018March 26, 2019
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Demo Day: Showcasing our prototypes

After the design workshop in early November the four teams were fully engaged with prototyping their four solutions to foster a circular economy transition. On November 22nd we presented these four prototypes for the first time to a public audience, in view of receiving valuable feedback to continue iterating. Caption: Today the four teams present...

Midterm Retreat: Diving into the unknown & Letting go to let come
November 6, 2018March 26, 2019
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Midterm Retreat: Diving into the unknown & Letting go to let come

Presencing: A Place of Connection to Self and Source From November 1-3 the Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab entered the most crucial part of its experimental journey: Going through the bottom of the U. At this stage it is all about letting go of the old, be it assumptions, convictions or behavioural patterns, in...

Why A Social Lab?
November 4, 2018February 27, 2019
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Why A Social Lab?

With the climate crisis at our doorstep, the need to redesign the way we produce and consume goods is crucially urgent. Traditionally regarded as a technical challenge, the sustainability transition that we must now accelerate needs to be acknowledged for what it is: a question of the expansion of our consciousness, in other words of...

Practical Workshop
October 5, 2018March 4, 2019
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Practical Workshop

The objective was: developing the capacity of Deep Listening, a crucial leadership skill for the 21st century, which enables us to respond to disruptive change. We did this through a combination of theoretical content (Iceberg Model, Levels of Listening) and practical exercises (Dialogue Walk, Stuck Exercise and Case Clinics). Overall, these exercises sharpened our ability...

Kick-Off Workshop: Co-Initiating
September 14, 2018February 27, 2019
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Kick-Off Workshop: Co-Initiating

The journey has started! On September 14th, we from the catalyst team gathered for the first time with our cohort at Impact Hub Lausanne to jointly kick-off “Beyond Waste – Circular Resources Lab”. This first workshop was all about getting to know each other and the overarching topic of circular economy and our current waste...

Circular Economy is the Future.
August 16, 2018February 27, 2019
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Circular Economy is the Future.

Ever since we started our lab journey in July 2017, we’ve been tackling the challenge represented by SDG #12: responsible consumption and production. How to create sustainable patterns of consumption and production in our region ? Talk about complexity. So many layers of interdependencies and interconnectedness. So many stakeholders with competing interests. So many implications...

Beyond Waste – A U journey
August 14, 2018February 27, 2019
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Beyond Waste – A U journey

24 individuals, representing business, academia, civil society and public administration engage in an experimental journey towards solutions for circular economy transformation in Canton de Vaud. The project is powered by Sustainable Living Lab at Impact Hub Lausanne & Living Lab Lausanne at EPFL in collaboration with collaboratio helvetica, with the support of the Engagement Migros...