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Circular Wonderings

Hi, I’m Barry. I founded HappyPorch in 2015 and I’m excited about the Circular Economy.

I believe that we (me, you, HappyPorch and society in general) need to do more than react to climate change and loss of biodiversity and all the other issues caused by our waste. Rather, we need to find ways to solve those issues AND improve life on our planet. There is a chance that, with Circular Economy approaches, we can contribute to these regenerative solutions.

Circular Wonderings is an exploration of the role of digital, software and technology in the Circular Economy. Exploration is the key word here. I write regularly, reflecting on my current thoughts and research. Expect typos, incomplete thoughts, varied rambling topics and (hopefully) a journey towards clearer understanding and insight.

This is a long and difficult journey! But it is, I think, a road worth travelling.

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Category hypothesis: research into 3rd sector circularity (part 5)

For today's little step on my mini-research project, I matched the Google search results back to the Charity data. From the 241 domains searched I was able to match 226 charity records. The difference highlights a flaw in my current process, which is useful to discover too. The data includes information about the charity's area of operations and finances. Potentially of more re ...

Category hypothesis: research into 3rd sector circularity (part 4)

For the next little step on my mini-research project, I dug a bit more into the sites on which Google found the term "Circular Economy" [1]. Charity domains searched : 3987 Sites where Google found the term : 241 Pages where Google found the term : 1117 Sites where the term is used on more than 5 pages: 84 Sites where the term is used on more than 9 pages: 48 Sites where t ...

Circularity for circularity's sake?

The wonderful Amsterdam based consultancy "Circle Economy" [1] recently published an excellent article entitled "Why your circular business may not be as sustainable as you think" [2]. While touching on circular washing, the article's key point came from recent research indicating that circularity does not automatically mean environmentally sustainable. Nor, perhaps even more c ...

Category hypothesis: research into 3rd sector circularity (part 3)

Going back to my original list of just under 4000 Scottish charity websites [1], I used a Google search API service to run individual searches for each site. This is the equivalent of typing "circular economy" site:glasgowwoodrecycling.org.uk into Google for every domain on the list. With a little Python code to both run these queries and filter the results, results in a very d ...

Category hypothesis: research into 3rd sector circularity (part 2)

Continuing the categorisation hypothesis, I'm keen to see if there is a simple way to identify organisations that fall into each category based on their websites. It turns out that my little experiment of a using Google programmable search to try and search a large number of charity domains is not reliable enough. Evidence for this comes from the fact that "Glasgow Wood Recycli ...

Category hypothesis: 3rd sector circularity

Continuing the thinking about how the term Circular Economy is used in the 3rd sector [1], I have started to draft a simple categorisation hypothesis: Maybe it is possible to split 3rd sector organisations into: Promotion of the Circular Economy is the mission. (EG the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) Promotion of the Circular Economy is seen as a part of the mission (eg many conse ...

Researching Scottish 3rd sector circularity (part 2)

I did a little more narrowing of the list of domains and Google programmable search tool, from previous #circularwonderings. The main change up was to remove academic institutions from the list (Colleges and Unis). This resulted in a final list of 3989 charity domains. Interestingly, the use of the term "circular economy" (that Google could find) across all of these organisatio ...

Local delivery is all linear

Today's #circularwondering is the beginnings of a rant that I'm attempting to get better at articulaing. Our streets a full of delivery vehicles of all shapes and sizes. All brilliantly optimised for the one way flow of goods to our doors. Every retailer (especially after the changes forced on us by the pandemic) has some sort of delivery solution. And all these wrapped, boxed ...

Researching "Circular Economy" in Edinburgh Charities

Now I have a simple search tool [1] limited to Scottish Charities, with some filtering. The first interesting little experiment is to look at the 686 charity organisations in the City Of Edinburgh. When we search for the term "Circular Economy" Google finds just 4 (of the 686) websites. Two that are especially interesting: 1) ChangeWorks have a number of circular projects, one ...