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Circular Wonderings

Hi, I’m Barry. I founded HappyPorch in 2015 and I’m excited about the Circular Economy.

I believe that we (me, you, HappyPorch and society in general) need to do more than react to climate change and loss of biodiversity and all the other issues caused by our waste. Rather, we need to find ways to solve those issues AND improve life on our planet. There is a chance that, with Circular Economy approaches, we can contribute to these regenerative solutions.

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.

This is a long and difficult journey! But it is, I think, a road worth travelling.

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Circular collaboration

In the previous post I talked about the need for systems thinking in a Circular Economy. Systems thinking is a way of exploring and developing effective action by looking at connected wholes rather than separate parts. Changing one part of a system may affect other parts or even the whole system. The next question then becomes how do we apply it at a smaller scale, to our busin ...

Small scale systems thinking?

The Circular Economy encourages us to think in systems - in fact to be successful it requires systems thinking. Systems thinking is a way of exploring and developing effective action by looking at connected wholes rather than separate parts.[1] Changing one part of a system may affect other parts or even the whole system. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation define the Circular Econo ...

Does technology enable the Circular Economy?

On a recent episode of Catherine Weetman's podcast, she talks to Richard James MacCowan, who 'helps people use biomimicry to design better materials, products, buildings, and cities'. One exchange really stood out for me: Catherine asked (paraphrasing) "how does biomimicry help with sustainability and the Circular Economy?" Richard's immediate answer was "most of it doesn't". H ...

Aligning motivations

Continuing the theme of asking questions about what the Circular Economy is: today I'm wondering if it is an environmental standpoint? By "environmental standpoint" here I am not just waving vaguely at the idea that too much plastic waste in my backyard is unpleasant. Rather the standpoint that we need to radically change many aspects of modern society to avoid the worst outcom ...

Opinionated?

In software engineering we often talk about "opinionated frameworks" or patterns. This implies an often passionate and detailed opinion about how to implement a solution. This opinion will dictate many aspects of the code we write when using those frameworks. Even if a solution could be solved in multiple different ways, an "opinionated framework" will actively encourage or eve ...

"Taking a view"

An investor friend of mine sometimes uses the phrase "taking a view"[1] in a slightly tongue in cheek, out of context way. I can imagine him taking a view on the best place for dinner or where to live in the city. This amuses me every time. The phrase carries significant meaning and weight when used in the technical sense of a market view for investment. It implies an opinion a ...