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RSA Newcastle Network Encounter: The Circular Economy

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Ampersand Inventions

Fourth Floor, Commercial Union House

39 Pilgrim Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 6QE

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Newcastle Encounter meets on the third Wednesday of every month. In February, we will be discussing the circular economy and rethinking how we design, make, and use everything!

Business leaders and governments are puzzling over how to meet the needs of three billion new consumers by 2030, against a backdrop of degraded land, climate disruption, and over-exploited finite resources - a fantastic opportunity with complex challenges. Organisations in every sector are re-thinking their strategies to be future-fit and resilient; business as usual is not sustainable.

The circular economy is gaining momentum, solving the issues created by our ‘traditional’ linear economy (take, make, use, dispose... with waste and pollution at every stage). Circular approaches aim to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each 'use' cycle.

This event is an opportunity to find out how circular approaches could benefit your business and community, looking at examples along the supply chain for a range of industries including food, fashion, consumer products, and construction.

Our speaker Catherine Weetman MSc FCILT FRSA is Director of Re-think Solutions. Catherine helps businesses develop ‘future-proofed’, resilient strategies, assessing sustainability risks and value opportunities. Her book, A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains, published by Kogan Page, includes a wealth of wide-ranging examples and tips on getting started.

The presentation will include:

  • A leaky hosepipe - our current industrial system
  • Future fit - a simple scorecard
  • The circular economy - a quick primer and a range of examples from food, fashion, technology, and industry
  • Practical tips on how to get started

Join us to also connect with local Fellows, discuss ideas, and find out more about the RSA and Fellow-led projects. No prior knowledge is needed, everyone is welcome, and these events are free to attend. Please follow the link to register in advance.

You are welcome to stay on for a meal afterwards at a local venue.

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: networks@rsa.org.uk.

By registering for this event you agree to the sharing of your name, organisation & title and email address with the Fellow(s) and/or partner organisation(s) hosting this event. Attendees also agree to the sharing of your name, organisation and email address with other delegates at the event so that they might contact you through MyRSA or by email. If you do not wish this information to be shared, please let us know by emailing: networks@rsa.org.uk.

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Fourth Floor, Commercial Union House

39 Pilgrim Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 6QE

United Kingdom

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