RESOURCES FOR INNOVATION AND ECO-SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION
In recent years ‘Circular Economy’ has become the buzzword that has taken Norway, among many other countries by storm. Given the attention the concept has gained with cities, regions and nations, a group of mission-oriented citizens compiled their skills and resources to build solutions that support a holistic understanding of the Circular Eocnomy and methodology to accelerate the transition.
The mapping technology and methodology was developed in and for the Oslo region, but can be used in any city, region or country. Which led to the development of Circular Regions.
In an effort to understand what the Circular Economy is, and what it could mean for all of the stakeholders, our founders have been involved in a broad range of international events connecting the dots and learning from the front runners both in what to do, and what not to do.
Research refined the ‘cathedral thinking‘ view of the Circular Economy.
Connecting the stakeholders is the key – across sectors, branches, political parties and society to not only look at top-down initiatives, but also the bottom-up movement including NGOs, social enterprise and citizens themselves – all as integral parts of a Circular Region connecting both urban and rural communities. Below, you can read about the journey.
Circular Regions Launch
Launch of the new Circular Regions Platform connecting the Umeå and Oslo Regions.
Distributed by Design – Built to scale.
European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
Invited to participate in the Leadership Groups holding in-depth discussions and delivering orientations on the following priority topics.
Circular Regions is involved in the following cross-cutting groups including:
- Cities & Regions
- Economic Incentives
- Circular Hubs & Network Governance
- Retailers, Consumers & Skills
We aim to support the cross-pollination of data across these topics
Mapping the CE in Umeå
Inviting the stakeholders to register their organisations and map their initiatives with support by Laura Vije, Umeå’s Systems Entrepreneur.
Public Sector Input
Working closely with the City of Umeå, as a follow up to the OECD Action Plan, public sector employees at both the local and regional level were invited from all sectors and departments to provide input on data points to ensure relevance to the public sector.
Ensuring a holistic understanding of the Circular Economy to enable cross-departmental discourse ie: Business Development, Health & Welfare and Urban Planning departments now all have a shared view of what the Circular Economy is, and their role to support the transition.
CIRCULAR @ Oslo Innovation Week
A World Circular Economy Forum side event with over 300 attendees from 45 countries see our Youtube channel for recordings
Private Sector input
Workshops with over 50 companies ranging from start-ups & SMEs to some of Norway’s biggest industry players. Identifying data points on Barriers, Enablers (technological, market, cultural, regulatory and social) as well as Impacts of the Circular Economy to refine data points ensuring relevance to the private sector.
UN Global Compact Norway
Partnership with United Nations Global Compact Norway – Circular & Carbon Neutral Business Models Action Platform.
Together we are developing concrete projects for member organisations to transition to a Circular Economy.
Open mapping event Oslo
As part of Ombruksuka 2019 an event within Oslo European Green Capital, an open mapping event will take place at Vollebekk Fabrikker – a testbed for circular socially innovative enterprises, as part of a whole day seminar on the Circular Economy and socially inclusive jobs for the future.
Smart City World Expo Congress
Circular Oslo – Circular Regions was selected as one of more than 500 proposals to be featured on the world stage an innovative solution for accelerating the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions at the Smart City World Expo Congress in Barcelona.
OECD policy seminar Umeå, Sweden
Invited to participate in the OECD policy seminar as part of the OECD Circular Economy in Cities & Regions Programme.
Sharing Cities Summit Lund, Sweden
Invited to present the Circular Regions project and sit on the panel for the discussion on the topic “Connecting the Sharing and Circular Economies” at the Sharing Cities Summit
Oslo Innovation Week
Participating in a variety of event including the Breaking Barriers brokerage event supported by Innovation Norway and Enterprise Europe Network to connect with other organisations working on regional solutions, sharing our methodology and data points.
City of Oslo
Funding from The City of Oslo (Bymiljøetaten) dedicated to reducing material consumption, to build knowledge and experience, showcase new opportunities and promote access to circular and sharing solutions.
Mapping Session Nordic & EU Policy Points
WCEF 2019, Finland
World Circular Economy Forum, an invite only event gathering the world’s circularity experts to connect and share knowledge. 2019 brought together a norwegian delegation of nearly 50 people representing a broad range of industry, NGOs, public entities and more, and saw the launch of new Nordic initiatives.
The first Doughnut Economics Training Session was held by Kate Raworth and her team discussing the background and research behind the Doughnut and how to implement it in communities, businesses, cities and nations.
We look forward to the launch of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab.
Beyond Next Conference, Netherland
A forward looking conference arranged by Circle Economy bringing together circularity experts from around the world to solve real world challenges.
Through their Circle Lab initiative they crowdsourced solutions to challenges and invited those with the best solutions to connect with industry front runners to learn, exchange and contribute to shifting mindsets.
Impact Journey – Learning Societies
In conjunction with Trondheim Kommune’s Smart City initiative – TRD3.0 A multi-stakeholder event utilising the Learning Societies Framework to implement the SDGs in a local community.
Having researched multi-stakeholder partnerships, we wanted to learn from others and share our knowledge of the process. In doing so, we open-sourced our Partnership Methodology.
Regional Hubs and contacts are in development (more information coming soon) they are being established to amplify the knowledge and impact of the Circular Economy – if you are interested in establishing a hub in your community to host events and map local initiatives contact us.
If you are interested in establishing a Circular Region solution in your area of the world, and would like to learn from our experiences feel free to contact us, we will gladly introduce you to our tools and resources.
ThinkDif conference, International
Cynthia Reynolds alongside other international speakers participated in a panel discussion on Radical Reuse highlighting the impact of responsible consumption and production and the need to local and regional solutions.
Circular Hotspot, Scotland
A Norwegian delegation comprised of Norwegian Municipal and Regional representatives, NGOs, Industry, SMEs and Norwegian Circular Economy consultants/enthusiasts attended the Circular Hotspot in Scotland to network, learn and exchange knowledge.
As part fo the conference, An Economics of a Circular World panel discussion took place between Scotland’s Chief Economic Advisor Gary Gillespie alongside Dr Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Alliance and Cynthia Reynolds (currently spearheading Circular Oslo)
The conference was followed up by a combination of plenary talks and business discovery tours showcasing businesses in bioeconomy, construction, food and drink, manufacturing, plastics solutions, and circular economy in the community.
This along with other research helped define the categories and stakeholders required to accelerate the Circular Economy in our region.
Oslo Innovation Week 2018
Connecting Norwegian and international companies, researchers and stakeholders for an engaging discussion on the unlimited opportunities in a circular economy. Innovation Norway, Enterprise Europe Network and EEA Grants arranged Unlimited Opportunities in a Circular Economy.
CE Strategies Mapping Session
Circular Oslo initiated the Mapping the Local, Regional and National Circular Economy Strategies.
Dynamic digital issue of Version 1.0 release available here
As part of Trondheim Kommune’s Smart City TRD3.0 initiative, a remote event was hosted, with a deep dive into the Nesodden innovation ecosystem. Inviting citizens, politicians, city administration and local business leaders to find new solutions to support sustainable communities and connect rural and peri-urban areas to larger innovative eco-systems – the Circular Economy and the broader regional eco-system was established as a focus.
Oslo European Green Capital 2019 announcement and call for collaboration partners