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Iulia Falcan

PhD candidate, UNU-MERIT in Maastricht

Iulia Falcan shares the concept of circular economy, refering broadly to reducing waste as much as possible on one side, and developing long lasting and re-usable day-to-day products on the other, thus limiting the negative impact that waste has on the natural environment.  

The concept of circular economy encompasses many phenomena, of varying degrees of complexity, that allow even the most seemingly disengaged person to have a positive impact on the environment.

Dipping your toe into the sea of knowledge on ways towards environmental sustainability can be overwhelming. However, be assured that there are many small changes anyone can make that will have a positive impact!

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Hype Versus Impact

BY ANA MIHAIL
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 09, 2014

An entrepreneur at heart with a strong interest in circular economy development, Ana Mihail speaks about the opportunities we now have to contribute to a better future and collaborate to make a difference. The difference between following the hype or creating an impact starts at a personal level, choosing to take the path less travelled and making a stand for things that matter. 

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Circular Economy

BY LYNNE WILSON
@ VOL 26 ON NOV 26, 2015

Lynne Wilson is currently the Sector Specialist -Textiles, Circular Economy Team at Zero Waste Scotland. Her role is to support innovation in design, manufacturing and production in the Scottish Textiles sector and to look at ways to close the loop and secure economic benefits through the development of new business ideas and products. Lynn is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts and Engineering) and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Lynn was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit Japan and explore circular economy textile technology, heritage and design.

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The Inequalities of Climate Change and why the International Community is involved

BY KATERINA TRIANTOS
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

In her presentation, Katerina Triantos talks about the risks attached to global climate change at the regional and local level. 

The increasingly severe risks that occur as a result of global climate change cannot be mitigated by current practices and are offsetting more local attempts of controlling for risks.

It becomes apparent climate change and its risks cannot be resolved by the risk community alone, but will require innovative practices and collaborations within multiple levels and across multiple sectors.

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Making Economy

BY ABIGALE NEATE WILSON
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

TAKTAL is an agency that initiates the creative use of space. In 2015, TAKTAL established research platform Agile City to explore grassroots approaches to urban development. 

One of the outcomes of this project is Test Unit, an annual art, design and architecture Summer School. Its aims are to turn talk into action by prototyping ideas in public space. This year’s theme is Occupying the Post-Industrial City. More information can be found at agile-city.com/test-unit

Abigale Neate Wilson explains the importance of discussing and creating methods to implimate alternative economies in todays world.

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Edinburgh Tool Library

BY CHRIS HELLAWELL
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Chris Hellawell is the Founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first charity tool lending library in the UK. 

He has worked for a variety of charities both home and abroad, in particular addressing unemployment in disadvantaged groups. It was on visiting one of his old haunts in Toronto when he came across the concept if a tool library. He decided to introduce the idea to the UK, with an added element of employability training for young unemployed people. The Edinburgh Tool Library opened on March the 7th 2015, bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to enrich lives, save money, and reduce consumption, with the social goal of giving young people self belief and a route into the work. 

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A Recipe is Easier to Ship Than a Cake: Studio Moger

BY ROBERT PATIENCE
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Robert Patience has over 10 years experience studying and working within the design field. He is part of the design team at Fearsome, a Product Design & Engineering consultancy, as a Design Engineer with an emphasis on physical prototyping and making. Robert and his partner Carolyn Alexander also work part time at their start up Studio Moger. Here they are exploring the development of an open source library of artists equipment with their first project, Start Point. 

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The Bike Station: The Re-Cycle of Life

BY VICTORIA LEIPER
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Glasgow Bike Station is the city’s largest bike recycling charity. Their vision is for healthy, green and happy communities where everyone has access to a bicycle. They do this by recycling unwanted bikes, parts and accessories; offering cycle training, bike maintenance training, Fix Your Own Bike sessions twice weekly and a menu of business to business services. In addition, the Bike Station manages and re-distributes the city-wide bike hire scheme Nextbike. To encourage more people onto bikes, the Bike Station also offers a comprehensive programme of outreach projects such as the Bike Station Academy; a training programme for young people who are not in education, employment or training. The ultimate aim of all the Bike Station’s work is to change lives through cycling. 

Victoria Leiper is the Head of Projects and is responsible for managing the Bike Station’s outreach programme. 

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WEvolution: Anyone Can Create

BY ELEANOR CAMPBELL
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

WEvolution is an organisation committed to working with people in Scotland’s overlooked communities. By supporting people to come together, save small amounts of money, share skills and start income generating activities, people are able to take bold steps in a new direction. Eleanor Campbell of WEvolution works across Glasgow, Inverclyde and Dundee and the organisation was recently named a New Radical by Nesta for its innovative and disruptive work in the third sector. 

 

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Re-life: Transition Stirling

BY EMMA ERWIN
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Transition Stirling is an environmental charity in Stirling which has been around 2009 working to help people in the community share skills that will help increase our resilience to climate change and peak oil. Emma Erwin has been on the Board of Transition Stirling since 2014 and began working as Project Manager last year on the Tool Library project.