"The Circular Economy – A Wealth of Flows" elaborates on the fundamental ideas that structure the Circular Economy and helps define the concept of a regenerative model – able to decouple growth from the consumption of the earth’s finite resources:
”Ken’s understanding of framing and his ability to consistently refer to the ‘big picture’ provides a comprehensive narrative. The Circular Economy gives us the opportunity to build a system that can run in the long term.”
Adapting in response to feedback is key to systems thinking. Through evolving our consciousness this decade can become in Ken’s words, “the gateway to a Circular Economy”
The Group will draw from Ken’s work that shows the big picture/macrocosm, co-creating relationships in how to “accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy” through Systems Thinking – Nature as Model, Mentor and Measure. Ken Webster, author, will join us in our final session.
We will connect the patterns already living in us in more depth to the Circular Economy and create our own unique relationship. Let’s form the language.
Through a learning method that addresses the whole of us (imaginative thoughts; feelings/ existing patterns and relationships within each of us uniquely; and actions or intentions), not just a part – the intellect alone.
We begin by stimulating our collective imaginations through peer to peer learning, creating pictures together of the text we read from ‘A Wealth of Flows’.
Having built the facts together, we then create our own connections, encouraging our own unique patters and relationships to appear by identifying them. After these connections have been made we can define our own meaning through stating our Intentions and wish to Act. Meaning that is Self–defined comes through deep learning. Critique is welcome during each study group; in written feedback at the end of each session, and, Ken will join us in our final session, to receive your critique of his book, personally. Feedback is at the heart of systems
This study group is for those of us who are part of this paradigm shift, or wish to be.
Taking as our starting point “Why a Circular Economy WILL work” – we will connect the big picture to our own already existing, individual and unique patterns and relationships. Welcome to all businesses; educators; inspired lay people and anyone who wishes to be part of the paradigm shift from a linear economy (take – use – waste), through sustainability (doing less harm), to a circular economy - decoupling of growth from finite resources. Where waste = food (cradle to cradle).
SOME DEFINITIONS OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Restorative - by intention & design. Feedback rich - grounded in the study of non- linear, living systems; Built upon ‘cradle to cradle’ thinking - of biological and technical pathways – eliminating the concept of waste.
(waste = food);
Designed to overcome the current take-make-dispose model by transforming materials into useful goods and services - endlessly.
Regenerative - by ensuring stocks and effective flows - decouples growth from finite resources. Where prices are messages – and need to reveal the full costs;
A Circular Economy is led by business for profit, in an active citizenship of flourishing democracy; Celebrates diversity for reasons of creativity and resilience. Rebuilds natural and social capital: enabling factors include shifting taxes away from renewables – such as labour, and on to non-renewables. (Definitions from “A Wealth of Flows”)