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Circular Economy in a Time of COVID-19

Circular Economy in a Time of COVID-19

Episode 043: Podcast Show Notes

I had planned for this episode to be a recap of my trip to the Circular Economy Symposium at Harvard, which took place earlier this month and I know some of you tuned into virtually! But, today I wanted to address the topic that’s everywhere right now: coronavirus.

In today’s episode, I am reflecting broadly on the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on the circular economy movement. I’ve selected three positive effects I hope it will have including:

  1. Improving our ability for (virtual) collaboration
  2. Illustrating the possibility for strong leadership and quick action
  3. Supporting distributed - rather than centralised - circularity

We also touch on the European Commission’s New Circular Economy Action Plan.

I want to hear your thoughts and comments, so I’ve posted the transcript of this podcast on my LinkedIn as an article.  After you’re done listening, I invite you to join in on the conversation by posting a comment on the article. You can find my LinkedIn profile at the right-hand side of this page!

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About the Host

Katie Whalen

Hi! I’m Katie Whalen. I created the IN THE LOOP game in 2013 during my Master’s graduation project. Now a PhD candidate at Lund University, I research business models for circular economy as part of the MISTRA REES project.

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About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste. Let's get in the loop!


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