The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!
When circular economy models are implemented in a conventional, linear fashion, important environmental, social, and economic opportunities are easy to miss. Conversely, when circular models are implemented and scaled through a system-wide lens, the landscape becomes full of opportunities that, when harvested, become a foundation for high-performing economies, vibrant cities, and high quality of life.
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Chief Executive Officer
Bjorgvin Saevarsson is the founder and chief executive officer at Yorth Group, a restorative infrastructure design company that specializes in the broad-scale implementation of circular economies for cities and businesses.
In 2009, Bjorgvin also founded Übergrün the first ‘circular economy’ marketing firm in the world and recognized in 2017 as Minnesota’s Best Green Business.
Bjorgvin is a regular guest at Circular Economy Forums in the world, he is extremely purpose driven and like the rest of his teams at Yorth Group, he does not let business as usual get in his way.
Planning Principal AICP, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Dan has been working with water resources in Minnesota’s seven county metro area since 1997. In 2003, he received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a Water Resource Specialization from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.
For past 13yrs Dan has worked for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization where his work has focused on managing natural resources in a urban core environment.. He currently is responsible for administering the MWMO’s Planning and Watershed Assessment initiatives. As the lead staff person for maintaining and implementing MWMO’s Standards on water quality, and habitat he engages early on in large scale public and private redevelopment planning within the Watershed. In addition, Dan serves on local and regional committees that are pursuing innovative alternatives to managing water resources.
Executive Director at YIPA
Paul Meunier is the Executive Director of the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) and has spent the majority of his adult life as a public servant. He is a trained psychologist with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University. Paul worked for 14 years as the lead of a therapeutic unit in a setting IV emotional behavioral disorder (EBD) program. As a trainer and public speaker, Paul has given many talks about the value and importance of helping youth become productive adults. He has also served as a City Council member and then as Mayor of a town in the Midwest U.S. Before joining YIPA’s staff in 2011, Paul was a member of YIPA’s Board of Directors and served as its Vice President.
Partner at Circularity Capital
Jamie Butterworth is a Partner of Circularity Capital, a specialist investment firm supporting the growth and innovation of businesses operating in the circular economy. He was the formerly Chief Executive and part of the team who established the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Jamie is a visiting business fellow of Oxford University’s Smith School for Enterprise and Environment, an expert advisor to the Global CleanTech 100 and a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network.
Co-Founder of The Dandelion Foundation
Marc is first and foremost a husband to Valerie, father to Charlie and Bertie and is part owned by a dog called Henry. He co-founded the Dandelion Project in 2014. Now a charitable foundation, Dandelion considers the island as a test bed for solving many of the world’s toughest challenges while at the same time improving islanders’ quality of life.
Marc spends most of his time as a community builder and change-maker, helping to fulfil the mission of making Guernsey the best place to live on Earth by 2020. Marc also speaks and advises around the world on the subject of community-led innovation
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