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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.

Paradigm Shift (part 1)

We talk about the need for a change in paradigm both brought by and needed for a Circular Economy. What does that mean?

I've been learning a little about Carol Sanford's work [1], starting with her "Four Paradigm Framework". I think there might be a lot to gain from applying this to (my approach to) the Circular Economy.

To set the scene: What is a paradigm?

The most relevant definition for our purposes is "a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a group".

The most important part here is "ways of thinking". Our paradigm literally affects the thoughts we have. It therefore must affect our ideas, creatively, stresses, worry and even happiness.

Carol has used the term 'container' and she refers to the boundaries within which we view the world.

All this has an obviously massive effect on our actions. Everything from our relationship with others to the work we do and businesses we run.

The idea of a shift in paradigm, therefore, is both deceptively simple and incredibly powerful. It is mind-blowing that there is a container in which we operate and that a slight mental change in that container could change everything about how we act.

Do you find that scary? To me it is both exciting and daunting.