Create your own circular economy in a commons initiative

Length: 0.5-2 days
Purpose: Using the CANVAS approach teaches participants how to use the canvas to capture understanding of the financial flows in order to create the basis for a business plan for a circular-economy based initiative
Why attend?  Learning to use the CANVAS will give you a good tool to help take your initiative from idea to viable enterprise.
Main contents: The CANVAS method, how to unitize your offerings, finding alternative funding solutions and understanding membership
Includes: How to capture data for Business Plan, Manual and pro-forma business plan in Excel.

Creating a business model in a conventional way is daunting enough. But how can you create a viable financial model for a whole community, sustainable initiative or social enterprise? It IS possible as many initiatives up and running demonstrate, but you need to find a balance between achieving sustainability, creating the operations you want, and balancing the budget. And you cwant to incororateaspects of the circular economy from the start. The CANVAS  is based on a participatory approach using a large board.  The canvas method is designed as a way to work through possibilities to, for example, plug the leaks in your local economy, to grow from  your Transition initiative into a Reconomy- initiative social enterprise or to make your Permaculture design into a thriving enterprise.

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Simulating Pollutant Dividends

Aligning economic policy to physical constraints and people’s needs


Length: 0.5-2 days

For you who: are working with policy, as activists, policy makers, politicians, etc.
Purpose: to simulate how market-based instruments like pollutant dividends stimulate the development of the circular economy. This will give you insights into how economy, ecology and sustainability  overlap and what can be done practically and on policy level in this age of constraints.

Why attend?  Get ahead fast by learning through simulation to gain insights otherwise hard to access.
Main contents: Introduction to the flexible fee mechanism applied to mineral and  fossil fuel resource use, climate system and land degradation Includes: Economic, practical and psychological  perspectives – how clean-tech, fees and policy interact with perceptions.

Should there not, many argue, be a market mechanism by which industrial emissions are curbed? Market -based instruments to encourage recycling and land restoration? Why are these mechanisms in their infancy? Should we not be learning more about these methods and developing them?

Of course, but market mechanisms are emotional as well as logical – so we need a way to explore emission-curbing market mechanisms in the economic, practical and psychological dimensions. Simulation is a great way to get to understand these policy instruments up close, and to explore your own assumptions. Continue reading

Real-life workshop: understanding the circularity in the local economy

Recruiting to local enterprises

Economic progress has been uneven to say the least. People and the environment are still experiencing stresses even in countries with higher living standards. Could re-focussing the local economy be part of the answer? A regenerative, circular local economy includes all citizens, recirculates money to ensure thriving local businesses and it works to ensure a sustainable use of resources.

But there is a lot to learn. You could organise presentations and lectures from experts. Another way to explore the potential of revitalizing the local economy is to simply simulate the experience to see how far a group of people can come. Continue reading