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Making Room For the Community Based Circular Economy

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Presentation delivered virtually at the 1st Global Commons Forum, Seoul, South Korea, 2 October 2019 - see comments for complete slide notes

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Making Room For the Community Based Circular Economy

  1. 1. Making Room for the Community Based Circular Economy Sharon Ede 1st Global Commons Forum, Seoul October 2019
  2. 2. complete the circle!
  3. 3. if you are not making locally, you don’t have a circular economy local production completes the circle
  4. 4. creating a circular economy requires an industrial-scale response
  5. 5. but this can be complemented by a community-based response and associated physical infrastructure
  6. 6. GLOBAL = LIGHT economy of BITS - ‘light’ things (data, information, shared/open source design) travel LOCAL = HEAVY economy of ATOMS – ‘heavy’ things (atoms, physical production, manufacturing) stays local
  7. 7. • repair and reuse - these spaces also provide opportunities for fix-it clinics/repair cafes • reducing resource consumption - through sharing access to equipment and tools • avoiding consumption — digital fabrication techniques enable more precision in the use of materials, creating less waste that needs to be salvaged in the first place. Design to order, customisation, and production in small batches also avoids the wasteful over-production aspects of existing manufacturing. The Productive Commons: Circular Economy Benefits
  8. 8. • lack of funding for access to space and equipment (typically rent) • expectations they will be ‘self sustaining’ • meeting regulatory requirements (eg. noise, use of certain equipment, insurance, planning/zoning) which are unlikely to have been formulated with such spaces in mind The Productive Commons: Barriers 예 그러나
  9. 9. Government can play a ‘partner state’ role in enabling and supporting citizen initiatives that help establish a local productive commons by assisting with: - rent, or access to space - revenue, or how the commons infrastructure is supported ongoingly (tailoring grants/incentive programs), business development/marketing support - regulation, to help the space establish and address any noise, safety, traffic issues The Partner State and the Productive Commons
  10. 10. MY BIG QUESTION Where is the reverse ‘value capture’ mechanism for commoners? How can they access some of the value they create for the city and society in order to fund their operations, and pay people for their work?
  11. 11. Design Global, Manufacture Local = relocalising production in cities a productive commons can help cities meet carbon, waste/circular economy and social policy goals

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