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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. Subscribe here to join my journey.

Not a silver bullet

Software is not a magic solution for Circular Economy projects.

Technology and specifically digital is always identified as one of the key 'enablers' for a transition to a circular economy.

There are so many buzzwords: blockchain, IOT, digital twins, digital platforms, biomimicry, AI, machine learning, asset tracking, real time image recognition, machine vision and more.

Software can be a vital catalyst to both accelerate and multiply the impact and success of circular economy projects.

However, without the right intentions, approaches and understanding, we risk exactly the opposite effects. It will make things worse.

The role, therefore, of innovative software engineers is not to be great at 'tech', it is to be great at 'applying the right tech in the best way given the context and the intentions of circularity'.