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From Repair Café to reputation building

Repair Cafés provide an attractive “franchisable” way to implement circular-economy thinking – rooted in community not product Set up in 2010, the Amsterdam-based Repair Café Foundation has a wonderful genre-bridging perspective that seems to provide a great example of how circular economy measures can be made to work in practice. The Foundation wants to bring back and re-invent the basic idea of repair as...

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Constructing a mindset for describing the circular economy

Rethinking how to describe the circular economy – the Circular Design Guide provides a language for thinking that makes it easier to act The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently teamed up with world-renowned design and consulting company IDEO to bring forth a “design guide” intended to help companies (and other organisations) design their processes and procedures for the circular economy. Not surprisingly, it’s entitled the Circular...

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Subscription power – Porsche Passports and beyond

A Porsche Passport lets you subscribe to the Porsche of your choice. But subscription software changes the whole playing field for ownership. There’s a lot of talk about new ownership models for cars, and companies seem to be trying out all kinds of flavours, twists and mixes. “Try it and see” may be OK for the big movers, but it’s confusing for us...

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