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Circular City Challenge – Final event Vienna

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Wie sieht deine Stadt von morgen aus? Wir leben in spannenden Zeiten – der Zeit zur Transformation von einem linearen zum zirkulären System. Lerne zirkuläre Lösungen am 9./10. Juni in Wien Mitte, The Mall kennen!

Wir freuen uns attraktive zirkuläre Lösungen bei der finalen Ausstellung der Circular City Challenge zu zeigen! Diese wurden während der ersten Circular City Challenge in einem mehrstufigen Auswahlprozess von städtischen Partnern ausgewählt mit dem Ziel die Kreislaufwirtschaft zu fördern und florierende Städte zu schaffen.

Lerne LIVE Lösungen kennen, die einen nachhaltigen urbanen Lebensstil ermöglichen von FarmNow, Faircup, Cradle2Cradle NGO, HempstaticRemattress, Greenbag, Vytal und Fixfirst.

Parallel dazu gibt es inspirierende Gespräche mit ExpertInnen für Circular Economy. Siehe hier die Agenda der ExpertInnengespräche.

Mach bei der Circular Expedition mit und gewinne Gutscheine im Wert von 50€!

Die Initiative wurde als Kooperation der Organisationen Circular Berlin, Circonnact, Circular Munich und Materialkreislauf in Berlin, Wien, München und Stuttgart ins Leben gerufen. Das Ziel ist es, InnovatorInnen für kreislauffähige und nachhaltige Lösungen mit RepräsentantInnen der Städte zu vernetzen, um diese lokal umzusetzen.

Interessiert daran, das Projekt zu unterstützen? Kontaktiere gerne Andreas oder Vanessa.

ENGLISH:

What does your city of tomorrow look like? We live in exciting times – the time for transformation from a linear to a circular system. Learn about circular solutions on June 9/10 in Wien Mitte, The Mall!

We are happy to present attractive circular solutions at the final exhibition of the Circular City Challenge ! These were selected during the first Circular City Challenge in a multi-stage selection process by urban partners with the aim to promote the circular economy and create thriving cities.

Learn about solutions for a sustainable lifestyle LIVE by FarmNow, Faircup, Cradle2Cradle NGO, HempstaticRemattress, Greenbag, Vytal and Fixfirst.

In parallel, there will be inspiring talks with experts for Circular Economy. See here the agenda of the expert talks.

Join the Circular Expedition and win vouchers worth 50€!

The initiative was launched as a cooperation of the organizations Circular Berlin, Circonnact, Circular Munich and Materialkreislauf in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Stuttgart. The goal is to connect innovators for circular and sustainable solutions with representatives of the cities in order to implement them locally.

If you want to support us in further developing the project, please contact Andreas or Vanessa.

Circle17 Impacthon – Hackathon for circularity

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The Circle17 Impacthon is a 3-day Hackathon organized by AustrianStartups and respACT. Purpose is to bring together Innovators and Startups with established corporates and organizations. They strive to solve pressing challenges in the area of circular economy to achieve the SDG. This year Circonnact accompanied the Hackathon with tools and personal engagement. 8 Challenges had been defined, and the teams were formed on Friday to think about different solutions.

To identify solutions for new business models which are based on systemic thinking and circularity, the teams used the Value Chain Canvas and Circular Canvas tools from Circulab. We provided the setup on the online collaboration platform for all teams to capture their ideas. In a workshop on Saturday morning we opened the room for innovation by explaining the various opportunites. It was important for us to explain the mindset for regenerative and circular solutions.

In the mentoring sessions we discussed the ideas with the teams, provided the perspective of circularity. The purpose is to open the space and giving ideas rather than telling the teams what to do – and this works very well. Openness, a critical perspective if the models are truly circular and reflection on how to apply it to a defined ecosystem are key success factors to come up with good solutions.

On Sunday, as a member of the Jury, Andreas was impressed how far the ideas had been thought through. The open atmosphere helped to bring up some questions on how to go the next steps to implementation. Apart from choosing the 4 most promising and circular ideas we look forward to further support implementation with the partners.

Circular City Challenge

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The Circular City Challenge is a project to connects existing innovative circular solutions with city representatives for the transition of a linear to a circular economy. The goal is to support their implementation locally and to increase the quality of life with conscious and careful use of resources. In 2022 this project has been started by Circonnact as local coordinators for Vienna with the organizers of Circular Berlin, Circular Munich and Materialkreislauf in the cities of Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Stuttgart.

We identified local challenges together with local partners like the DoTank Circular City and WieNeu+ for city development, representatives from the 8th district (Bezirksvorstehung Josefstadt & Agenda Josefstadt), and project developers such as Zukunftshof and dieHauswirtschaft. Local promotion partners like Impact Hub, Vienna Business Agency, The Mall, What about the Future, Circular Economy Forum Austria and Thinkubator helped to spread the word and activate their network to distribute the idea.

During inspiring webinars supported by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Circle Economy and the Circular Economy Chairman for Prague we gathered momentum and motivated more than 100 applications of solutions at least in the status of implementation concept. The local partner chose their most appealing ideas and at the end of April which will be pitched. One important factor is that we are not looking for “the best solution” because we think every applicant already is a winner.

We support to implement the solutions by providing visibility of the solutions and engaging stakeholders such as city representatives, companies and citizens. In Vienna, we organize the final event “Circular City Challenge – Wie sieht deine Stadt von morgen aus?” on 9 & 10 June 2022 in the center of Vienna at The Mall to showcase the variety of circular solutions, activate their uptake, educate and connect companies, citizens and city stakeholders.

If you want to support us in further developing the project, please contact Andreas or Vanessa.

Training Business Centers to consult on Circular Economy

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Micro and small companies represent the majority of businesses in most of the countries, and drivers of innovation and development of the economy. So it is important for them to understand and integrate circular economy solutions into their business. But how to address this in the best way, given that they often lack time to look in depth into the opportunities? If employees in the Business Centers and Agencies supporting these small companies understand what Circular Economy means, that would ensure that they integrate this thinking into their approach when consulting the small enterprises.

This is a project which Onda Circular, a Latin American organization, was leading with Sercotec in Chile from April to August 2021. They offer a platform for capacity building of the employees of >60 business centers nationwide and facilitated workshops to understand circular behavior with more than 400 employees attending. Andreas Ellenberger was supporting this project, facilitating workshops where the Business Centers were developing an initial life cycle analysis and circular business model canvas for one of their local companies to understand the opportunities if they apply circular solutions.

Equipped with that knowledge they worked with the entrepreneurs, how integrating the circular economy approaches, communicating their solution and finding additional partners for collaboration can contribute to the development of the small companies. In videos they presented the cases and have their own guideline to train, consult and inspire further entrepreneurs in their community. And as Chile has developed a national Circular Economy roadmap, they can contribute to a broader implementation.

Do you want to have impact in companies in your region? Contact Andreas! We develop programs locally to support the change to a circular society. Do you need an inspirational workshop, want to develop a program on capacity building or develop local circular solutions? Our services include different ways forward.

Circular & Nature-inspired Travel

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Circonnact explores and develops solutions for circular and nature-inspired travel in the context of the Challenge “Circular and Nature-inspired Travel” at the European Biomimicry Design Challenge.

How can we travel in a circular and regenerative way that is low-carbon? At the beginning of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, Cironnact decided to look into nature to explore this topic further and develop solutions. Circonnact hosted the challenge “Circular and Nature-inspired Travel” at the European Biomimicry Design Challenge (EBDC) organized by COBIOM. From January to April 2021, a team of biomimicry, business, research and communication specialists went through a nature-inspired innovation process and developed the concept of a regenerative travel hub called Wandering Gliders. 

Wandering Gliders aims to inspire and empower people in the transition to a more regenerative travel. Wandering Gliders offers exciting and meaningful travel experiences to reconnect with nature, people and oneself and by that contribute positively to a flourishing environment and communities. As a platform for regenerative and nature-inspired travel, it connects travelers and travel providers, raises awareness, provides tools for impactful travel experiences and supports travel business to rebuild in a regenerative way with training, co-creating solutions and consulting. The project was successfully presented and received at the final symposium of the EBDC (see the final video presentation). The next steps are to finetune the concept and submit it for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Stay tuned!

For more information contact Vanessa Wabitsch via email vanessa (at) circonnact.world.

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