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.
What is Circular about 'digital'?
Isn't the Circular Economy all about physical products? And if so, isn't 'digital' and software engineering completely separate and just business as usual?
I mean, there is the need to think about circularity of the devices we use - but as individuals and for data centres etc?
The potential conclusion from this is: as businesses who do 'digital' or as software engineers, we just need to be good at our craft. Providing web and mobile software that works, has great UX and meets the users/clients requirements.
In essence: good software development is the same regardless of any high aspirations about transitioning the economy to be more circular.
This is a tantalisingly easy road for our thoughts to wonder along.
The problem is that I think it is also fundamentally misguided. Not 100% wrong. I mean great digital software projects need so many tough skills to come together.
I'm suggesting that there is another layer of complexity on top of all that.
The role of digital is really important in all the Circular Economy. Even beyond the actual hardware, the way we communicate, order, track and manage all physical stuff depends on digital software - and needs to change - and therein lies the opportunity for those of us who work in digital!