People in the Economy

Nightly news bulletins often tell us how the economy is performing using an array of acronyms and percentages that have, let’s face it, little meaning in our day-to-day lives. We are sold the story that economic growth is good for us all, “A rising tide lifts all boats”, and all the other cliches. However, critics of how we measure economic success are not hard to find. They argue that the way we currently determine ‘success’ has many blind spots and can leave a lot of people behind.

As the economy continues to evolve, how can we ensure that people get access to the goods and services, materials and components they need to help them live and prosper? What type of economy do we want to live in?

  • Hamilton Henrique: A Story of Food Revolution

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    Hamilton created Saladorama, a social business that provides healthy and accessible food for many in Brazilian ‘favelas’.

    • Speakers:
    • Hamilton Henrique
    Future of Food People in the Economy
    ColaborAmerica X DIF - Main Stage Takeover

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    We'll be streaming live from ColaborAmerica​, one of the biggest festivals of new economies in Latin America which discusses innovation, technology and alternative models of economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Katherine Trebeck, Jonathan Dawson, Michel Bauwens, Maria Paz Cigaran, Gabriel Pinto
    People in the Economy
  • Universal Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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    Imagine if every citizen was given a five-figure sum of money by the state, every year, no questions asked. This is the idea behind Universal Basic Income (UBI).

    • Speakers:
    • Almaz Zelleke, Peter McColl
    People in the Economy
    Why You Should Actually Care about the Future of Work
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    Available to watch from 19 November

    In curating his newsletter Exponential View, Azeem Azhar reckons he’s read up to 60 million words on the societal implications of technology. This makes him the ideal person to accompany us on a deep exploration of the changing world of employment.

    • Speakers:
    • ​Azeem Azhar
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    Can Designers Inspire Conscious Consumption?
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    • Speakers:
    • Chrissy Levett, Jo Godden, Safia Qureshi, Sevra Davis, Sophia Wyatt
    Materials & Design People in the Economy
  • Making the Circular Economy Work for Human Development
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    Human development reverberates across social systems and is essential in advancing practical applications of the circular economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Patrick Schröder, Alexandre Lemille
    People in the Economy
    The Development Paradigm
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    The circular economy as a development approach is currently almost absent from the development discourse. How can we support developing countries towards its implementation?

    • Speakers:
    • Harald Friedl, Sachin Bhoite
    People in the Economy Thinking in Systems
    Blockchain: The Forgotten Ones
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    • Speakers:
    • Zach Piester
    People in the Economy
  • How a Designer and Design Bot Work Together
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    • Speakers:
    • Karin Fischnaller, Karin Anders, Avross Hsiao
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    New Metaphors for Design, Economies, and the Systems of Everyday Life
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    New metaphors can be disruptive. Although they're often used by designers to introduce new practices, there's potential to utilise metaphors to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Dan Lockton, Devika Singh, Michelle Chou, Saloni Sabnis
    People in the Economy Thinking in Systems
    Turning the Tides on Ocean Plastics in the Coral Triangle
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    Indonesia and the Philippines are facing similar challenges in the lack for formal waste management and disposal infrastructure to tackle ocean plastics leakage. How can a common vision of a plastic-free Coral Triangle be achieved?

    • Speakers:
    • Amado P. Blanco, Samanta Skrivere, Pia Ocampo, Angela Chen
    Materials & Design People in the Economy
  • Circular Economy Decoded: What About Health?
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    • Speakers:
    • Mr. Frank George
    Circular Economy 101 People in the Economy
    Impact Hub: Communities Lead Change
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    • Speakers:
    • Vesselina Kavrakova, Sasha Bezuhanova, Julian Gröger, Jeremy Druker, Toni Caradonna
    People in the Economy
    Connecting Farmers to Consumers: The Sharing Economy and Digital
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    Explore the potential of digital technology in enabling distributed food production, and ultimately, bringing producers closer to those seeking quality products.

    • Speakers:
    • Cristiane Lourenço
    Future of Food People in the Economy Reinventing Business
  • What If Blockchain Could Redesign Work?
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    Blockchain has inherent features that could build the next generation of work platforms to be more efficient, secure and lead to a higher quality of freelance work.

    • Speakers:
    • Marco Torregrossa, Andrew Spence
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    Impact Hub: Impact Technology
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    • Speakers:
    • William Tyner, Serban Mogos, Khaled Almezayen, Alma Rangel, Anna Radulovski
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    Tomorrow Needs Today: Exploring Circular Economy in Hospitality
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    • Speakers:
    • Liz Craig, Veronique Sournies
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
  • System Reset
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    Imagine if we built an economy fit for the 21st century. That would take a real system reset.

    • Speakers:
    • Areti Markopoulu, Alysia Garmulewicz, Harmen van Sprang, Pieter van de Glind, Salvador Rueda
    Cities in Transition Materials & Design People in the Economy
    Africa: Can It Become a Circular Continent?
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    As new business models and technologies emerge, the opportunities for agriculture, manufacturing and waste management can be harnessed to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty in Africa.

    • Speakers:
    • Peter Desmond, Jason Stamm, Susanne Karcher, Radia Cheikh Lahlou, Paul Visigah
    Circular Economy 101 People in the Economy
    Gig Economy in Perspective: How Platforms Create a More Inclusive Labour Market
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    Growing momentum behind platform co-operatives, a movement that promote shared ownership and governance of platforms, shows that these new entities could also lead to a more inclusive labour market.

    • Speakers:
    • Martijn Arets
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
  • Social Growing: A New Microeconomic Paradigm
    Add to Calendar 15/11/2018 16:00 15/11/2018 16:45 Europe/London Social Growing: A New Microeconomic Paradigm Online at thinkdif.co Ellen MacArthur Foundation no-reply@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org false DD/MM/YYYY

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    A new microeconomic paradigm based on fair-trade, collaborative economy, human development and happiness maximisation might be sweeping across economies.

    • Speakers:
    • Carlos Mancilla Ortiz
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    Barriers and Drivers for Designing Circular Cars: The Ownership Perspective
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    • Speakers:
    • Janaina M. H. Costa , Cristina Nardin Zabotto
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    Transforming the Sachet Economy to a Circular Economy
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    Sachet packaging gives low-income communities in developing countries access to high-quality products – but what about the waste?

    • Speakers:
    • Mark Meilly, Angela Chen
    Materials & Design People in the Economy
  • The State of Impact on Blockchain Within Africa's Emerging Markets
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    What if we could redesign everything? The answer is to deploy decentralised structures across all industries to give everybody a fair chance at success.

    • Speakers:
    • Pascal Ntsama
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    A Second Life For Critical Raw Materials
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    Available from 19 November

    • Speakers:
    • Carl Nichols, Bettina Gilbert, Norah Lewis, Charlotte Budd, Sven Grieger
    Materials & Design People in the Economy
    The Next Generation's Role in Positive Economic Disruption
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    Available to watch from 19 November

    • Speakers:
    • Sam Butler-Sloss
    People in the Economy
  • Artificial Intelligence, End of Labour and the Evolution of Humanity
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    Live at 12:00 GMT ON 19 Nov

    Artificial intelligence is ought to have profound impact upon individual identity, social cohesion and identity, as well as the existential narrative that guides humanity.

    • Speakers:
    • Michael Byrnes, Tamara van Halm
    People in the Economy Thinking in Systems
    28 Months Later
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    Live at 15:00 GMT ON 20 Nov

    This broadcast comes from the future. To be precise: from 28 months after the worldwide adoption of a circular economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Joe Iles, Emma Fromberg, Ross Findon
    Circular Economy 101 Future of Food People in the Economy
    Innovation as a Force for Good
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    Available to watch from 21 November

    Intesa Sanpaolo explore what the role of startups are in accelerating the shift towards the circular economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Mario Costantini, Massimiano Tellini
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
  • MintFinity: Innovation in Product Labelling to Drive Circular Business Models
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    Live at 09:00 GMT ON 21 Nov

    Adding unique, identifying QR codes to each product item individually with a system that cannot be predicted or hacked, MintFinity proposes to transform the means of shaping customer behaviour.

    • Speakers:
    • David Thomas
    Materials & Design People in the Economy
    Circular Economy in India: Policy Direction
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    Available to watch from 22 November

    • Speakers:
    • Ms Henriette Faergemann, Dr Rachna Arora , Ms Pavithra Mohanraj
    Cities in Transition Materials & Design People in the Economy
    Comparing Circular Economy Policies Across Europe and China
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    Live at 13:00 GMT ON 22 Nov

    ​China is at a turning point in its economic history and has the potential to capitalise on over 15 years of interest in aspects of a circular economy.

    • Speakers:
    • Raimund Bleischwitz
    People in the Economy
  • What Do Kids Think About the Circular Economy?
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    Available to watch from 23 November

    • Speakers:
    • Rieta Aliredjo
    People in the Economy Reimagining Learning
    Data, People and Stories: Innovations on the Boundaries
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    Available to watch from 23 November

    • Speakers:
    • Himanshu Panday, Priyanka Bharti, Bishakh Bhattacharya
    Cities in Transition People in the Economy Reinventing Business
    The Real Disruption of Financial Services
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    Live at 10:00 GMT ON 23 Nov

    Technology and innovation when applied to finance has the potential to take millions of people out of poverty. Giving them access not only to financial services, but also to education, safety and equality.

    • Speakers:
    • Luisa Martínez
    People in the Economy Reinventing Business
  • Behind the Camera
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    Live at 11:00 GMT ON 23 Nov

    In this live studio show you get a chance to meet the people who made the film, System Reset. Join the show to ask them about the who, what and how of this production.​

    • Speakers:
    • Colin Webster, Emma Fromberg
    Cities in Transition Materials & Design People in the Economy
    Circular Revolution in Estonia: Starting with Startups
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    Live at 12:00 GMT ON 23 Nov

    How can development programs aimed at empowering Estonia’s startup ecosystem include principles of a circular economy moving forward?

    • Speakers:
    • Kaisa Hansen, Mayri Tiido, Harri Moora, Kerli Kant Hvass, Mihkel Krusberg
    People in the Economy Reimagining Learning Reinventing Business
    The DIF Magazine Show
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    Live at 13:00 GMT ON 23 Nov

    Watch this show which features a blend of guests who are ready to tell us compelling stories

    • Speakers:
    • Radhika Bynon, Benedict Dellot
    People in the Economy
  • DIF Grand Finale
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    Live at 17:00 GMT ON 23 Nov

    The DIF Grand Finale is THE show to watch in order to hear a synthesis of their thoughts on the themes and ideas that have blossomed over the course of the event.

    • Speakers:
    • TBC
    Cities in Transition Materials & Design People in the Economy