Rethinking Business and Circular Economy with John A. Lanier

Today I am thrilled to welcome John A. Lanier, the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson foundation. John works to advance the legacy of Ray, his grandfather, whom you might recognize as the founder of carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc. Twenty years ago, Ray detailed his and Interface’s sustainability journey in his book Mid-Course Correction, and John has now released an update called Mid-Course Correction Revisited. In today’s podcast, John and I discuss Ray’s legacy, what has happened in the 20 years since Ray first documented his journey, and John’s vision for the future. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com . ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST John A. Lanier is the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson. Ray, who was John’s grandfather, was the founder and CEO of Interface, Inc. the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet tile and a leading company...
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Rethinking Business and Circular Economy with John A. Lanier | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Rethinking Business and Circular Economy with John A. Lanier | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Rethinking Business and Circular Economy with John A. Lanier Episode 017: Podcast Show Notes Today I am thrilled to welcome John A. Lanier, the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson foundation. John works to advance the legacy of Ray, his grandfather, whom you might recognize as the founder of carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc. Twenty years ago, Ray detailed his and Interface’s sustainability journey in his book Mid-Course Correction, and John has now released an update called Mid-Course Correction Revisited. In today’s podcast, John and I discuss Ray’s legacy, what has happened in the 20 years since Ray first documented his journey, and John’s vision for the future. Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways 4:30 Ray C. Anderson’s legacy and the work of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation 6:30 Interface’s sustainable business journey and transformation 11:15 Picking up where Ray’s story left-off 14:00 Moving from company examples to a macro-economic perspective 20:20 Making the change to a more circular economy happen 25:00 Ways to shift culture and...
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Designing for Circular Economy and Systems Thinking with Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability strategist, designer, and social change agent Leyla Acaroglu joins us on the podcast today! In this episode, you’ll hear about Leyla’s exciting work to make sustainable design understandable and desirable, and you’ll learn how design and systems thinking can help us move towards a more circular economy. For show-related links and resources head to: gettinginthelooppodcast.com ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Designer, sociologist, sustainability provocateur, and 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As a pioneer of creative change, she weaves together sustainability, design, and systems thinking to challenge the way people see the world. She is the founder of Disrupt Design, The UnSchool, and CO Project Farm. HIGHLIGHTS 2:45 Bringing sustainable living practices to life through the CO Project Farm 11:15 Understanding the impacts of design decisions and making sustainable design cool 17:45 What needs to happen to reach a more circular economy 20:30 Designing learning systems and tools for the circular economy 25:00 Preparing...
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Designing for Circular Economy with Leyla Acaroglu | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Designing for Circular Economy with Leyla Acaroglu | Getting in the Loop Podcast

GETTING IN THE LOOP PODCAST   1 Designing for Circular Economy and Systems Thinking with Leyla Acaroglu Episode 016: Podcast Show Notes Sustainability strategist, designer, and social change agent Leyla Acaroglu joins us on the podcast today! In this episode, you’ll hear about Leyla’s exciting work to make sustainable design understandable and desirable, and you’ll learn how design and systems thinking can help us move towards a more circular economy. Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways 2:45 Bringing sustainable living practices to life through the CO Project Farm 11:15 Understanding the impacts of design decisions and making sustainable design cool 17:45 What needs to happen to reach a more circular economy 20:30 Designing learning systems and tools for the circular economy 25:00 Preparing future generations to create more sustainable solutions 29:00 Gaps in current circular economy discussions 32:15 Workshops, fellowships, and online training to level up your career and systems thinking skills Learn More About Design and Circular Economy CO Project Farm Paper Beats Plastic? TED Talk by Leyla Unschool Circular Design Workshop Circular Systems Thinking for Designers...
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Top 5 Takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum with Katherine Whalen

I'm recapping what happened last week at the 2019 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) in Helsinki, Finland. In this episode, you will hear about the World Circular Economy Forum and learn my top takeaways from the event. ABOUT THE HOST Hi, I'm Katie Whalen, founder of In the Loop Games AB. I aim to make education for sustainable development understandable and fun, and my first game-based learning tool was the IN THE LOOP game. I'm finishing a PhD at Lund University where I researched business models for circular economy as part of the MISTRA REES project. HIGHLIGHTS My top five takeaways from the WCEF2019: CE has truly become a global topic. . Design is crucial if CE is going to succeed. Consumers can make or break CE business models. What kind of CE do we want to create? Centralized or Distributive? We still have room to improve if we want to make a systemic change. ...
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Top 5 Takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum with Katherine Whalen  | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Top 5 Takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum with Katherine Whalen | Getting in the Loop Podcast

GETTING IN THE LOOP PODCAST   1 Top 5 Takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum Episode 015: Podcast Show Notes Today I'm recapping what happened last week at the 2019 World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, Finland! I was lucky to attend this event as part of the MISTRA REES program. In this episode, you will hear about the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) and my top takeaways from the event. Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways from WCEF2019 Circular economy has truly become a global topic. Design is crucial if circular economy is going to succeed. Consumers can make or break circular economy business models. What kind of circular economy do we want to create? Centralized or Distributive? We still have room to improve if we want to make a systemic change. Learn More About Circular Economy and the WCEF2019 World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (SITRA Website) LukStore (Facebook Page) Institute EDDEC (Website) MUD Jeans (Website) OLIO Food Waste App (Website)   Want to leave a review of the Getting in the Loop podcast? Here's how: Don’t have...
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Create a More Circular Economy with Johanna Reimers

Johanna Reimers, CEO of Refind Technologies, reflects on the role of technology in creating a more circular economy. In this episode, you’ll hear how Refind Technologies is using machine learning and AI to help companies undertake repair, remanufacturing and recycling. And, don’t miss the fascinating reason why Refind Technologies also knows a lot about fish as well as batteries! For more information and show notes visit http://gettinginthelooppodcast.com . ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Johanna Reimers is CEO of Refind Technologies since 2015, which she co-founded in 2014. She has an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology and worked as an IT consultant and project manager for about ten years prior to working in the recycling business with Optisort, a former version of Refind, in 2013. HIGHLIGHTS 2:30 Introduction to Refind Technologies 4:00 How to teach a machine to sort batteries 7:30 Why Refind Technologies knows a lot about fish in addition to batteries 14:30 Enabling circular repair and remanufacturing with automation technology 18:00 How...
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Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy with Johanna Reimers | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy with Johanna Reimers | Getting in the Loop Podcast

GETTING IN THE LOOP PODCAST   1 How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Create a More Circular Economy with Johanna Reimers Episode 014: Podcast Show Notes Johanna Reimers, CEO of Refind Technologies, reflects on the role of technology in creating a more circular economy. In this episode, you’ll hear how Refind Technologies is using machine learning and AI to help companies undertake repair, remanufacturing and recycling. And, don’t miss the fascinating reason why Refind Technologies also knows a lot about fish as well as batteries! Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways 2:30 Introduction to Refind Technologies 4:00 How to teach a machine to sort batteries 7:30 Why Refind Technologies knows a lot about fish in addition to batteries 14:30 Enabling circular repair and remanufacturing with automation technology 18:00 How Refind Technologies introduced the world’s first reverse vending machine for batteries 25:30 Challenges and opportunities for circular technology 33:15 The future of AI and mission recognition for circular economy Learn More About Circular Technology Refind Techonologies (Website) Reverse Battery Vending Machine (Video) Artificial Intelligence and the Circular Economy (Report) Share...
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