To shift something as complex as the way we perceive and use waste, we need to move beyond the outdated linear approach to consumption: take – make – waste.
The waste generation ecosystem has become so complex that it is challenging for an individual stakeholder to truly make a difference. There is no simple solution; everything is connected. We imagine a way forward by closing loops and building resilience through human-to-human connections across the corners of the ecosystem.
The amount of plastic per year leaked into the oceans according to Jambeck et al, 2015, source. The only way to handle this is to cut the pollution at the source.
The net benefit Circular Economy could create by 2030 according to McKinsey, source. It is economically viable and offers new job and innovation opportunities.
Switzerland’s position in the European ranking of waste production per capita, source. Only half of that is recycled and hardly any of it is used in Swiss production.
Today, Switzerland uses up three times the amount of resources it should aim to consume to stay within sustainable development goals. source, page 26
We envision a world in which waste is recognized as a resource. A world where sustainable consumption is accessible to all. A world where we are aligned with nature, so that we can preserve its beauty and diversity for future generations. Past experiences and culture prevent us from empathizing with other perspectives and visions. This tends to lock us into ineffective decision-making patterns which results in symptomatic solutions with limited, and often short-term, effect. Our approach is based on an innovative set of social transformation tools through which we seek to identify and tackle the root cause. Together.
Theory U is a guided process to reach a deeper understanding of a given system and to trigger momentum for systemic change. Developed by MIT, it has already catalyzed transformation for thousands of organizations and communities worldwide.
Inspired by collaboratio helvetica, a stakeholder dialogue is a space for deeper multi-stakeholder conversations than shift perspective from within and between the individuals involved.
Learn more on collaboratio helvetica’s website.
We are currently working on our first initiative in Arbon - Ostschweiz. You can read all about it on our initiative page.Learn more →
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