Circular Economy for (Service) Design Thinkers

A session by Chris Rudolph
Business Designer, Partner, co:dify Group

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About this session

Room Capacity: 300 people

Low Level of Interactivity: Keynote Input followed by Q&A chat via Slido

Slido Link for Questions during Session: Slido Event #96542

Session Description

What do the following business cases have in common apart from being viable business models or products that created international buzz?

  • Modular mobile phones (Fairphone)
  • Full-service car leasing (Volvo Care)
  • Remanufactured engines (Caterpillar)
  • To-Go cup deposit (Recup)
  • Lifetime furniture buy-back option (IKEA)
  • Used passenger aircrafts (Airbus)
  • Light-as-a-service (Philips)

All these examples are the result of circular economy thinking. A circular economy aims to be restorative by design. At the core, the objective is to move away from the “take, make, waste” linear system by designing, using and optimising product-service-systems and business models for multiple cycles of disassembly and reuse before conventional recycling. In this session I will present The Basics of Circular Economy (Business Models and Building Blocks), industry snapshots and background intelligence, comments on the limits and "Dark Side" of the Circular Economy.

Tags: #circular economy, #designthinking, #anthropocene, #cradle2cradle, #productservicesystems

Additional Session Information

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Collaboration Tools We Will Use

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Chris Rudolph

Chris helped corporations to build a circular innovation strategy, deepdive into circular best practice, kickstart innovation labs for circular product and service design, develop performance-based business models for mobile phones and cars, identify and pilot technical solutions to recover metals, phosphorus or water from waste streams.

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