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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.

Circular Communities

HappyPorch has been a remote first distributed company (ie no office and meeting up twice a year at most) since we started in 2015. So we have always had ongoing conversations about the risk of isolation. Much of society relies on the office for our social interaction. That is, IMHO, a bad thing in itself - but it also takes a different kind of effort to replace when you don't have an office.

Choosing to work "remotely" and having that culture from the start is not the same thing as "remote working in a global pandemic". The latter has massively exaggerated the isolation issue & the associated challenges of never working in the same room as your colleagues.

However, amongst much stumbling, the conversation around remote working is improving in 2021. Both in terms of wider understanding and, importantly, in terms of quality.

This article [1], is an excellent example.

You will not be surprised that I tie this back to the circular economy!

The connection is community. No one individual or organisation can be "circular" on their own. Circularity relies on connections and communities to facilitate material flows (for example).

It is therefore not surprising that many of the most active circular projects are focused around cities or local regions (eg the EU Circular Cities Declaration [2]).

Many circular projects could also be classified as community projects (eg tool libraries, bike sharing and many more).

My point is that circular economy thinking is not a separate item on our todo list - if can be (should be) an exciting part of how to make modern society better for all of us.