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Living Lab Lausanne (3L): Circular Economy Academy (CEA)



Workshop “Circular Economy in Switzerland 2018 – the way ahead: part II”
On Thursday, 3rdof May, GERG (Chair of Green Economy and Resources Governance, led by Prof. Dr. Bruno Oberle) hosted the second workshop within the Circular Economy Academy of the Living Lab Lausanne (3L) on Circular Economy development in Switzerland at EPFL. Approximately 30 representatives of the Quadruple Helix (Academia, Business, Civil Society, and Government of various levels) spent the entire day alternating presentations, exercises, discussions, and the group work on Manifesto for Circular Economy in canton Vaud. 

The aim of the first workshop (held on March 8th) was to explore the landscape of Swiss businesses interested in Circular Economy development, to identify the areas of support needed for Swiss companies as well as potential for the collaboration to engage in multi-stakeholder co-creation practices within the Living Lab Lausanne (3L). Participants demonstrated great interest in exploring the topic of circular economy within their companies as well as in Switzerland in general and suggested several areas of interest for further exploration. Two of those suggestions have been covered in this workshop: co-creation tools & mindfulness as well as Circular economy governance.

The program contained three main parts:

Part 1: Co-creation in living labs: tools 

Part 2: Policies and regulations framework 

Part 3: Manifesto for Circular Economy in canton Vaud

After the short welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Bruno Oberle, Prof. Dr. Darya Gerasimenko gave a presentation on the reflections from the previous CEA workshop in March and gave an overview of the planned activities within Living Lab Lausanne (3L) and the coming partnerships. 

Part one covered the topic of co-creation tools within the Living Lab format. The guest speaker (Mr. Diego Hangartner, Pharm.D.) introduced participants into the inner resilience dimension of co-creation within a living lab format with practical exercises, using latest neuroscientific research to understand the workings of the mind. At the foundation of Co-creation lies trust - and trust in turn requires people and their minds to be settled, concentrated and emotionally regulated. Without an inner sense of safety, groups and their members will always be responding from a perspective of insecurity, often leading to cynicism, aversion and even fear. The morning workshop, including practical exercises, gave participants an opportunity to explore how mind training would benefit them, their peers and, in the larger context, co-workers, communities and whole eco systems.

After lunch, five presentations (inputs from Mrs. Birgit Elsener – CFF/SBB, Member of Swiss Parliament Dr.Isabelle Chevalley - vert’libéral, Mr. Andreas Goessnitzer - FOEN/BAFU, Mrs. Samira Dubart - City of Lausanne, Mrs. Cécile Theumann – Community St. Sulpice, Vaud) introduced participants into the governance framework of the CE at federal, cantonal and municipal levels. Discussion rounds exploring barriers and opportunities for the CE under the current regulations and policies followed the short (20 min.) presentations. 

In the third part of the event, participants worked in four groups to co-create a Manifesto for Circular Economy in Canton Vaud, building up on the content presented earlier as well as using the co-creation process introduced in the part one (on co-creation dimension). The organizers had prepared in advance four guiding questions to facilitate the co-creation of a Manifesto. The session was moderated by Mr. Hangartner, who linked this co-creation exercise to the techniques presented in the morning. Therefore, the work on the content of the Circular Economy Manifesto was combined with introspections on the process of collaboration and co-creation itself - an approach that the participants have assessed as innovative, valuable and beneficial to the success of this workshop in general!

The organizers have received a great feedback on this event and are looking forward to further explore the potential of the quadruple helix approach to stimulate and support circular economy development in Switzerland. Next event of the Circular Economy Academy of Living Lab Lausanne is planned in September 2018. The topic will be defined based on the detailed feedback from the participants. Living Lab Lausanne (3L) has also developed a partnership together with Impact Hub Lausanne/Geneva to jointly conduct Social Lab on Circular Economy in canton Vaud in September-December 2018. For more information and application procedure, please go here: https://www.sustainablelivinglab.net/social-lab. The application process is open from the 15thof May.