How the Circular Economy Will Finance Basic Income

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  • Lennard Hulsbos

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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!

Today’s economy does not acknowledge the long-term impact of industry on people and environment. Simultaneously, rising economic inequality and expected major job losses due to automation are forcing us to rethink the social safety net.

We believe our world’s socio economic structure is in need of a re-design. By utilising the tools and methods of design, we are setting out to create a framework that contributes to this process by focusing on re-distribution of resources and the wealth derived thereof, the establishment of a circular economy, and the introduction of basic income. We’re doing this under the collaborative initiative called C.UBI. If you are working in business, government or academia and are willing to explore a new narrative for our society, join us and contribute at circularubi.org


Lennard Hulsbos

Lennard Hulsbos

Director of strategy at spark Reply, Intersectional problem solver

Most of Len’s work and energy go towards questions around how design strategy that pushes forth autonomy in the organisation; this is driven by a human-centric model strengthening engagement with the outside world.

Previously, he led strategic engagements at Designit with clients like Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Audi. He also founded one of the world’s first online graphic design agencies, Cradle of Design, and helped Service Plan China double in size through engagements with Starbucks, Metro, Porsche and Lenovo.


Paul Anca

Paul Anca

Strategic designer at spark Reply

As part of his work at spark, Paul works with organisations to transition their business towards a circular model, while designing around user needs. Drawing upon a background in business and design, he has previously set up a circular design framework at Designit, where he also worked with clients such as E.ON and Deutsche Telekom. He also blogged on social businesses in South-East Asia at butterfly-effects.org, and was the lead UX designer at Utiful photo organisation app.

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