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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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COP26 rant

There have been 25 COPs to date, since the Rio summit in 1990. After each one the global CO2 emissions have increased. Plotting each COP against the global CO2 emissions shows absolutely no significant change. [1] I am not aware of any large country that has managed to meet the (inadequate) promises and commitments that our leaders have announced with great fanfare over the yea ...

There is no 'answer'

Many of the businesses working on digital circular economy tools are shiny new start ups. By "start up" here I mean any type of new businesses, coop, social enterprise or whatever. The common thread is that they are facing the challenges of creating and launching a new initiative and moving forward a society wide, systemic change. It is incredibly hard to balance the ambitions ...

Its all local

The key to a successful circular economy is local. I still have a question about how we go from local to global change - given the reality of human society. However, there are so many amazing examples of people starting local. This weekend I discovered another one close to me: Bluebird Exchange "We are reducing the environmental impact of our outdoor adventures by re-using, rep ...

Story telling

In the last #circularwondering I talked about the difficultly of understanding real risk & thus fear. I received a very thought provoking response. There is one part of that I want to cherry pick for a little more exploration: Some fears are learned [1] rather than experienced or inherited. It might follow therefore that if we do not share our experiences or understanding o ...

Fear

There are time when the human brain does some impressive mental gymnastics to avoid fear. Fear is a powerfully useful evolutionary trait. I know folks who worry about visiting Australia due to fear of spiders. Those same people will happily cross busy roads, dodging multi tonne lumps of metal moving at deadly speeds. The number of deaths from spider bites in Australia since 197 ...

Nuance and conflict

I've been thinking a lot recently about nuance and conflict. At the core of the biggest challenges humanity needs to navigate is a conflict of economics: Is human prosperity inevitably linked to economic growth? Out of that question comes many more, some even more philosophical. For example: what is "prosperity". In our prevailing linear economy we equate prosperity with materi ...

E-Waste

If you have every purchased a new mobile phone or laptop: watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ukyvs04nV1Q ...

Context

Today I had the real pleasure of recording an episode of HappyPorchRadio with, Julia Venn. Julia is the co-founder of Foodwise. (Conversation will be published in 2 weeks). "FoodWise organises and optimises redistribution flows of excess food. FoodWise connects food donors, food transporters and food receivers using existing resources, all of that within a legal framework prote ...

People don’t really want innovation

Today's #circularwandering is a quote: "People talk about innovation a whole lot, but what they are usually looking for is cheap wins and novelty. If you truly innovate, and change the way that people have to do things, expect mostly negative feedback. If you believe in what you’re doing, and know it will really improve things, then brace yourself for a long battle." This is fr ...