[open-sustainability] Open Source Circular Economy Days

Sam Muirhead sam at cameralibre.cc
Sun Apr 19 16:10:26 UTC 2015

Hello, I'm new to this list (though not to Open Knowledge - I've made
many videos for OKFN Deutschland and also School of Data

I'd like to introduce you to an event that may be of interest, called
the Open Source Circular Economy Days <https://oscedays.org/>, an
international distributed hackathon taking place between June 11th and
15th in multiple cities <https://oscedays.org/cities/> around the world. 

Our idea is that over these few days, teams will work on challenges
ranging from physical prototyping and experimentation, to documentation
and discussion, using open the open source methodology to work towards
the goal of a zero-waste circular economy (to find out more about the
OSCE concept, please read our Mission Statement
We want to focus on practical workshops which produce useful, open
solutions that can be further developed collaboratively, built upon by
others and implemented in industry, in government and in society.

This June event is essentially the first step, a kick-off for an ongoing
international collaborative movement. We're starting to build bridges
between the maker movement, industry, design, waste and resource
management, trying to build more transparency, interconnectivity and
bottom-up innovation into product development and material flows.

But one important area where we have not yet seen many proposals is the
field of open data - projects focused on uncovering, collecting,
publishing. linking or using open data related to waste and resource
flows - from the design phase through to end-of-life, and beyond. We
would love participants to create useful datasets or online resources to
help people from across industries understand where ecological problems
lie, to take steps to turn 'waste' into resources and build the first
small material cycles and tangible examples of a functioning open source
circular economy.

If anyone has questions, I'll do my best to answer them, and to get
involved, you can either say hello on our community forum
<http://community.oscedays.org> (posting links to existing relevant
resources is also very useful), or if you're in London, you can join the
core team for a drink
on Friday the 24th of April, we'd love to hear your ideas and see what
collaborations we can cook up.
Please also pass the links on to anyone you think may be interested!

Kind regards,

*Sam Muirhead*

/Open Source / Video
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