Workshop The End of Ownership

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:15 to 15:00
Initiate! Main Stage - Initiate! Manifesto - Circular and Value-Based Economics

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Initiate! Main Stage


Circular and value based economy– where goals and opportunities meet behavioral challenges

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the new attitudes and behavioral choices that are needed for the transition to a circular based economy, and accordingly identify opportunities and challenges for businesses and policy to realise the circular transition. 

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Koen Straver
Researcher Energy & Society
Ardi Dortmans
Principal Scientist
Marieke van Klaveren
Researcher Energy & Society


We will start with the goals, opportunities and energy targets of a circular economy. From these goals and targets we will identify the most important themes that relate to these goals and should be acted upon now (e.g., mobility, smart appliances, lighting, mobile phones, etc.). From the themes we will start discussing behavioral choices and attitudes related to the themes. What behavior needs to change, what businesses need to change?

We will be looking at the behavioral barriers and challenges that come from these questions, and will look for the opportunities and business models that can help circular economy becoming an even larger part of current society.

We will raise and answer questions like; 

  • Which individual choices and needs fit the circular economy opportunities and goals?
  • What is the relationship between the shift to ‘use’ instead of ‘ownership’, and the need of consumers to own materials or property? What can we let go as labelling our own, or is that not the issue?
  • How do the different societal roles of citizen, consumer and employee affect the non-circular behavior of people?
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