DIF FIlm 2018 Summit X DIF

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  • Joe Iles, Kinge Gardien
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2018 Summit X DIF is a live stream of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's flagship event focused on the circular economy, and includes additional content and exclusive interviews hosted by Joe Iles during the breaks.

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Now in its sixth edition, this year the Summit will ask: how do we reinvent the systems of today so that they are fit for tomorrow? As scientific and technological inventions open up spaces previously limited to art and fiction, we are presented with untold challenges and possibilities. In order to build a future we can thrive in, we need compelling contemporary visions and radical approaches to reach them.

Through a mix of storytelling, conversation, and exhibition, the 2018 Summit explores how the digital revolution can make the circular economy a reality. Featuring pioneers that are disrupting the current system from within, our ultimate question is: what are the narratives and practices that will guide the innovators who are reshaping the world around us?

Schedule :

11:00 – 11:30 A View from the Summit | Part 1

Introducing the day and previewing the 2018 Summit's themes and sessions with the DIF's Kinge Gardien.

11:30 - 12:45 Main stage: Exponential Possibilities

Scientific and technological invention is opening up spaces previously limited to art and fiction. This brings with it the opportunity to innovate with speed and at scale. But how can we ensure that these new capabilities don’t just accelerate old dynamics? Can we direct the digital revolution towards truly world-changing outcomes?

On stage:

  • Ellen MacArthur, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Erin Kim, New Harvest
  • Jessi Baker, Provenance
  • Marten Kaevats, digital adviser to Estonian government
  • Azeem Azhar, The Exponential View

12:45 – 14:00 A View from the Summit | Part 2

Reflecting on technology and exponential possibilities with a number of guests including; TU Delft's Ella Jamsin, the Foundation's head of innovation Ken Webster and Azeem Azhar. Plus the team from LAUNCH will join us to make an announcement live to the 2018 Summit stream audience.

14:00 - 15:15 Main stage: Disruptive Realities

Business-led innovation drives the development of new solutions that can deliver better growth. Working ahead of the curve but within the realities of the present, pioneers are identifying new sources of value and creating competitive advantages, giving us early examples of how business could look in the future.

On stage:

  • Julie Wainwright, The RealReal
  • Keiran Whitaker, Entocycle
  • Chris Grantham, IDEO

15:15 – 16:00 A View from the Summit | Part 3

Exploring disruptions to the existing system through the lenses of both the private and public sectors. Guests include HP's John Ortiz, author and speaker Mariana Mazzucato, and GreenBiz's Joel Makower.

16:00 - 17:00 Main stage: Disruptive Realities

By reimagining public-private dynamics, we can create the right conditions for business-led innovation. Public bodies set the rules of the game, fund breakthrough research, and have catalytic purchasing power. New practices are emerging emerging at the local, national and international scale, which will ultimately shape life in the future.

On stage:

  • Mariana Mazzucato, UCL Institute for Innovation
  • Mr Chun Ping Yang, Director for Circular Economy, Institute of Economic System and Management, National Development and Reform Commission, People’s Republic of China
  • Antoinette Guhl, Deputy Mayor for city of Paris
  • Tomas Diez, Fab Cities

17:00 – 17:45 A View from the Summit Part | 4

In this part of the stream, we'll explore how the 2018 Summit has been put together, and will welcome Ellen MacArthur to talk about what's next for the circular economy. Other guests include London Waste and Recycling Board's Wayne Hubbard, who will discuss the city's circular economy week.

17:45-19:00 Main stage: Reframing Perspectives

Periods of history are characterised commonly held assumptions that guide our thinking and decisions. To create a future we can thrive in, we must adopt a new set of perspectives, including the shift from linear to circular. To do this, we need compelling contemporary visions and radical approaches to turn them into a reality.

On stage:

  • Azeem Azhar, The Exponential View
  • Carlota Perez, British-Venezuelan scholar and author
  • Matthew Taylor, RSA
  • Zaid Hassan, Social Labs
  • Andrew Morlet, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Joe Iles

Joe Iles

Editor in Chief, Circulate

Joe is the Editor in Chief of Circulate, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s source for thought-leadership, commentary, and case studies on the circular economy.

Joe also features regularly on the DIF, where he hosts in the Live Studio and at the Live Launch events.

After studying history at the University of Bristol, dabbling in hospital radio and working in a local pub, the next logical step was to redesign the global economy, so he joined the Foundation in 2011.

Joe currently lives in Reading. He enjoys good beers, bad films, fermenting stuff and spending time with his dog, Bart.

Kinge Gardien

Kinge Gardien

Programme Manager, DIF

Kinge is the DIF’s Programme Manager which means heading up the DIF team and contributing to and signing off on the comms, digital and editorial work that combines to create the online Festival. Kinge joined the Foundation as a DIF intern and blossomed so much in her role, that she went on to take the reins.

Originally from the Netherlands, Kinge holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Design from Delft University of Technology. Having held a particular interest in the human side of design, she decided to also study Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Kinge likes to explore new places (preferably on her very cool motorbike), being creative and getting involved in different sports.

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