The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the non-profit international network of over 3,100 circular economy professionals and organisations in over 100 countries. The CEC is headquartered in London, coordinated by volunteers, open and free for anyone to join via this online form.
CEC is thrilled by the participation, knowledge and network built through the Circular Economy Mapping Week held in over 65 cities worldwide during this past week [5th - 11th February 2018]. During this week, CEC Organizers voluntarily set up group sessions to map the circular initiatives in their cities. Workshops took place in 65+ cities, including Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Madrid, Montreal, New York, London, São Paulo, Singapore and Taipei.
The CEC Mapping Week had two objectives:
- To bring together circular enthusiasts to discuss and learn about the latest circular initiatives happening in their cities; and
- To map out circular initiatives taking place globally and make this information available online and free for all.
Click on the image below to access the grid with all 3,000 initiatives identified during the Mapping Week.
Share the link, add a comment with an initiative & learn who is doing what around the globe!
Why is this useful and who benefits? One of the challenges in implementing the circular economy framework is understanding what circularity means in practice, what is already working and what is not. The Mapping Week helps solve this challenge by gathering as many circular initiatives as possible in an open online directory.
Researchers will have thousands of examples to analyse; teachers will have plenty of case studies to use for their classes; students will be able to browse and learn from what is being done; businesses will find sustainable alternatives to solve some of the challenges they face when trying to become more environmentally friendly; startups will be able to understand whether their ideas have a market and are working already somewhere else; governments will have a clear outlook of what is being done in their regions when deciding what needs public support; investors will find projects they can back and help grow.
Now that the Mapping Week results are online, which are the next steps?
The CEC mapping session organizers are sharing the results in their communities while the CEC global team is working to ensure the results are published in the most user-friendly way. The club is also defining the next global challenge so that we can build up on all this knowledge. If you have data on circular economy and would like to contribute, please add a comment to the grid or alternatively email us at info@CircularEconomyClub.com for collaboration opportunities.
CHECK OUT THE PRESS RELEASE AND KEY FINDINGS
To interview our global team or the CEC Mapping Organizers please write to info@CircularEconomyClub.com In the meantime, check out the key outcomes of the session and the press release below.
BROWSE THE MAPPING WEEK PHOTOS
Highlights from CEC Glasgow Mapping Session, coordinated by Brendon Rowen. Video from Josefine Madsen
MEET THE CEC MAPPING WEEK ORGANIZERS
CEC Mapping Organisers are local volunteers &changemakerss who wish to build a community of circular economy professionals and enthusiasts in their cities. As Mapping Session organizers, they were the visible face that brings the CEC Mapping Week to life in their cities. If you missed the application date to become a Mapping Organizer during the Mapping Week (5-11 Feb 2018), consider becoming a CEC Organizer to run a mapping session in your city at any date during the year and check the Step-by-Step GUIDE on how to run a mapping session.