From Tipping Site to Tipping Point: Making the Circular Economy Happen

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The notion of "circular economy" is advocated by many writers and futurists as an important alternative to the existing systems of "linear economy". Advantages are said to include greater re-use, reduced environmental impact, improved resource productivity, and increased sustainability. But what lies in the future for the circular economy? And what is the role of a circular economy in a sustainable economy?

This meeting features a number of speakers addressing sticking points that are preventing greater adoption of the circular economy:

• What are the technological impediments?

• What are the ideological impediments?

• What are the cultural / national terrain problems?

• What can we learn from examples such as mobile phones?

• What actions can individuals take to successfully advance the circular economy?

There will be plenty of opportunity for audience members to raise questions and suggestions.

This meeting is jointly organised by London Futurists (, the Association of Professional Futurists (London) (, and Growth International (

The discussion will be chaired by David Wood, who brings 25 years of experience from the mobile phone industry (

About the speakers:

After introductory remarks from the chair, each of the speakers will deliver a 20 minute presentation.

Peter Desmond is Director of Organisational Growth for Growth International ( and is also Senior Advisor at Tomorrow's Company (

After 35 years experience as a finance executive, Peter has recently completed an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at Sussex University. He earned a Distinction for his specialism and thinking on the recycling of mobile phones. In his professional life Peter works both in Europe and Africa which makes him acutely aware of the meaning of the Circular Economy to both more and less affluent societies.

Nick Price co-organizes the gatherings of APF (Association of Professional Futurists) London. He is a Creative Business Consultant ( helping businesses through his company Of Things Immaterial Ltd (

From his background in technology, user experience and design, Nick applies futures thinking though research, speaking and workshops to business strategy and execution.

David Bent is Director of Sustainable Business at Forum for the Future (, Non-Executive Director at EIRIS (, and Policy Fellow at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (

David's recent experiences include projects with Europe's largest recycled aluminium plant, and advising Innovate UK on their competition regarding new circular economy business models.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4.15pm, Saturday 9th April 2016.

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Wifi access:

Birkbeck has enabled wifi for the duration of this event as follow:

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: Humanity
Password: THfvFy

Event hashtag:

#LonFut (

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.