How could one organisations excess capacity be productively used by others? This question underpinned the recent CE100 event in Berlin, focussed on the Circular Economy and organised by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. It attracted over 200 senior people from all around the world and I was very impressed with the calibre of the programme and the organisations represented.
I used my breakout ‘toolbox’ session to focus on surfacing new connections in the room. In particular looking for data, skills, resources, assets, techniques, materials that organisations can give and get from each other for mutual benefit. Firstly we discussed some examples of hidden connections between organisations from some of our previous work including the following:
Then we used the Give Get exercise from our open innovation toolkit to surface some more hidden connections amongst delegates in the room which was fun and productive, and led to some enthusiastic swapping of business cards. In essence how can the outputs of one organisations could form inputs of another organisation in the room. This is what I believe the circular economy is all about. What is necessary next is to build the networks, like CE100, and in parallel build the tools to surface more unexpected and hidden connections at scale.