Before “Circular Economy”: Historical Antecedents

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More often than not the concept or application of  what is called”Circular Economy” is treated as an entirely new toolbox or approach, that is to say somehow historyless, This is or course far from the case.

The goal of the above  quickly fashioned mosaic is to serve as a reminder — and incomplete reminder — of some of the great men and great thinking that came before, with this listing taking us up to the beginning of this still new century,.  (Surly I have missed here some  of the important figures, who to my mind constitute the Ffounding Fathers of Circular Economy. So please fo not be shy and share your thoguhts on this with us.)

And just in case it did not strike you, they are, to a man, just that: all males. I  don’t quite know what to make of this, but it is at the very  least worth noting.  And worth stressing, that any such concept that does not include full participation and leadership from women as well is doomed to fail. So let’s think about that for a bit.

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Eric Britton
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Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist and international sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport - https://worldstreets.wordpress.com . | Britton online: https://goo.gl/9CJXTh

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Circular Economy: Peer review request and first response

Dear Eric,

Surprise! I am at my desk and your email asking me about an eventual independent “peer review” on the current state of science and accomplishment under the heading of Circular Economy arrived moments ago and is staring at me. In fact I was at a conference on just this topic in another country, which was OK, except that I could have given virtually all the talks myself.

I didn’t learn very much, which was disappointing. Waste of time, except it got me thinking more about one aspect of the circularity problem. In brief, most of the elements in the periodic table are now “in play”, and most of them are really “hitch-hikers” obtained from the ores of major industrial metals (copper, zinc, aluminum etc.).

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Master Class: The Future of Business: Circular Economy

École des Ponts Business School. Master Class of  23 June 2017

Business, management and society are changing at an ever-accelerating pace. École des Ponts Business School is proud to be at the forefront of leading and supporting novel research initiatives.

This event will lead a discussion on how Circular Economy is a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional linear “resource-depleting” economic model of produce-consume-waste. It allows the economic ecosystem to do ‘more with less’ and transition to sustainable growth that fosters innovative practice and thinking.

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