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DIF on AIR Re-imagining reuse: The role of reuse network facilitators

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  • Lindsey Strange, Annalee Sawiak, Steven Thomas, Cory Skuldt, Stephanie Erwin

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Reuse is central to the circular economy, yet reuse organisations and their networks face significant challenges balancing social and environmental missions, whilst leveraging limited resources, limiting their ability to innovate and scale. Focusing on circular value chain, students from Bard’s MBA in Sustainability developed a toolkit for network facilitators to enable circular economy innovation and collaboration within reuse organisation networks.

In this session, Bard students will lead a panel of creative representatives from organisations who facilitate reuse and reuse networks across North America, including Furniture Link, Austin Creative Reuse, and ReUSE Minnesota, to discuss approaches for activating their networks to re-imagine donation, repair, and reuse. This session will highlight the essential role of reuse network facilitators in the circular economy through motivating, inspiring, and encouraging other reuse organisations to innovate, create circular value, and strengthen their communities.


Speakers

Lindsey Strange

Lindsey Strange

Lecturer

Lindsey Strange is an apparel designer and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With experience ranging from costume to technical design, she currently teaches apparel design at the University of Minnesota. Lindsey empowers students to create sustainable solutions that enhance apparel products, processes and business. Her design work centres around closing the loop on textile waste and extending the life-cycle of clothing.

Annalee Sawiak

Annalee Sawiak

Founder & CEO, Furniture Link

Annalee Sawiak is the founder and CEO of Furniture Link, an organisation which facilitates commercial relationships between socially and environmentally minded companies and charities working to alleviate furniture poverty. A seasoned executive and director of public and private companies, Annalee has experience in strategic planning, scaling businesses, and executing disruptive strategies to create financially sustainable solutions.

Steven Thomas

Steven Thomas

Founder & Social Enterprise Development Officer at Better Futures Minnesota, and Board Member at ReUSE Minnesota

Representing ReUSE Minnesota, Steve Thomas is a social entrepreneur with 35 years of experience designing, launching and operating innovative public service ventures in communities across the USA. Designs and builds social-purpose enterprises. Steve works with and connects government, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations to build and leverage relationships across multiple sectors to support the development of social-purpose enterprises.

Cory Skuldt

Cory Skuldt

Interim Executive Director at Austin Creative Reuse, and Partner at FWD Impact Consulting

With 15 years of resale, B2B materials exchange, and zero-waste strategy experience, Cory is determined to enable the scaling of circular business models and other sustainable innovations. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at Austin Creative Reuse, guiding the organization through a period of significant growth. Cory also maintains a consulting practice with a focus on apparel and other textile industries, providing strategy, communications, and reporting support to companies of all types and sizes. Based in Austin, TX, working with teams and clients everywhere.

Stephanie Erwin

Stephanie Erwin

Bard Innovation Toolkit project

Stephanie Erwin moved from the Bay Area to New York in 2011 to work in data analysis and strategy at a bank for startups. Wanting to use her business intelligence powers for even more good, Stephanie left the bank to enter Bard College’s dual degree (MS in Environmental Policy//MBA in Sustainability) program in Fall 2016. Stephanie currently consults for nonprofits in strategic planning, organizational assessments, governance training, and executive searches. Stephanie has a B.A. in French Language and English Literature from Seattle University and is on track to graduate in May 2020.

Host

Clémence Golinelli

Clémence Golinelli

DIF intern

Clémence is a DIF Intern supporting the delivery of the September and November events. Having graduated from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Clémence has a masters degree in Geography, Economics and Social Anthropology. Recently, she interned as an extra-financial analyst in the first global equity fund dedicated to the circular economy.

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