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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.

Chainsaw analogy

One of the things I have pondered often in past #circularwonderings is unintended consequences.

I think this is one of the key concepts for the system thinking approach which is needed for successful circular initiates.

It is therefore even more important to consider this when we are creating the digital tools for circularity.

When using a chainsaw, the correct safety equipment is vital. Not to enable us to cut better, but to avoid disaster if (when) something goes wrong.

The consequences range from "oops I cut the wrong log" to "someone help I am bleeding to death".

Some unintended outcomes will not be helped by my safety equipment. Steel toed boots will not help if I cut the wrong log. But they may be vital to me if I slip and the blade lands on my foot.

Considering, as best we can, unintended consequences when we create software for circular systems, is like that safety equipment. If may not help, but when it doe sit will be vital.