• Outcomes from the Circular Economy Leaders Summit 2017

    Compiled by Institute of Water and FutureX Innovation

  • Summary

    On the Wednesday 31st of May, 150 emerging and existing leaders from in and around Scotlands Water sector came together in the Capital for a Summit specifically designed to accelerate the pace of collaboration and innovation across the sector.

     

    From this first summit has been a range of collaborative projects and initiatives which bring to life the action oriented approach we had hoped to stimulate with this summit.

    Build a centre for Circular Economy Education / Innovation

     

    2050 Center Seafield

    The suggestion to build an education/innovation centre at Seafield - The Centre will host an active programme of capacity building workshops for a range of stakeholders from across the country and provide an inspiring space to teach the values of the circular economy.

    Deliver collaborative programmes and events

     

    2050 / Connect Days / CELS18

    As an ecosystem we will deliver a continuous programme of events that bring our sector together and drive collaboration with other sectors 

    (Providers with Suppliers / emerging and existing Leaders / innovators and business builders / thought leaders with students)

    Tell the story of work we do in the Water Sector

     

    Advocacy though film and media

    Changing the conversation and starting new ones - celebrating best practice and what it is that makes Scotland so incredible.

     

     

  • Creating community-led responses to the challenges we face

     

    From the Circular Economy Leaders Summit and preceding Circular Economy Roundtable that was held earlier in the year - we have noticed a step change in the way stakeholders in our ecosystem are willing to interact - this shift can be defined by a change of mindset and behavior.

     

    Recognition of complexity, and working with it, rather than against it, is becoming more common. Part of this shift is taking responsibility for our impact beyond our immediate sphere of influence, acknowledging that what we do affects not just those we have a direct relationship with, but the wider ecosystem as well. We are not lone rangers, and we shouldn’t seek to be.

     

    Our strength lies in positive collaboration, in honesty, openness and generosity in sharing what does and doesn’t work – and in hearing, acknowledging and responding to others’ views on this. Those who hold power should take a collaborative and generous approach to leadership – thinking about their role as part of a bigger whole. They should be willing to be flexible and take risks, to see and value the complexity of the problems they are trying to address.

     

    Welcoming this complexity feeds into a more equitable relationship between stakeholders in an ecosystem – valuing learning and improving, rather than proving; asking what matters, not what’s the matter; and putting people in the lead, instead of prescribing the solution. This is not the easy path, It takes time to build relationships and trust. It requires us to be people-driven rather than focused on process, and to take decisions which require professional judgement and empathy, instead of relying on the safety of detailed criteria. We’ll need to reassess how we ensure accountability. And we need to create a more community-led response to the challenges we face.

     

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    Projects

    A selection of some of the work that is emerging from the summit

  • The 2050 Education Centre

    at Edinburgh Seafield

    Celebrating collaboration and changing the conversation

    A centre for eduction, a centre for community, a centre for innovation, a centre for collaboration

  • Innovation Centre

    The Centre will host an active programme of capacity building workshops for a range of stakeholders from across the country. It will also provide an inspiring space in which third parties can host events.

    Education Center

    Home to a dedicated on site education centre. This allows us to deliver real opportunities for Edinburgh's people – young and old - to visit, learn how their waste water is being transformed, and gain knowledge on the dynamic world of the circular economy.

    Community engagement

    From employing local people, procuring from local businesses and apprentices to providing a space teaching the values of the circular economy - a liason group will keep our neighbours up to date and involved with our progress

  • Hydro Nations Connect Days

    A programme for existing and emerging leaders to drive the development of the Water Sector in Scotland

  • 4 days over 12 months

    In different inspiring locatoins hosted by partners

    For existing and emerging leaders

    an action oriented network that is Impact focused

    Sharing best practice

    Drive growth, innovation and collaboration in the sector

    The Workroom for the sector

    Developing the joint projects created at CELS

    Leadership programme

    Relentless focus on emotional intelligence for Impact

    Building a movement

    Recruiting champions and arming them to build a movement

  • Circular Economy Leaders Summit 2018

    An annual event to bring together the emerging and existing leaders of the Water Sector and its partners

  • 1 Day Summit

    At Dynamic Earth in Scotlands Capital

    The annual Summit of a movement

    Multi stakeholder event that brings the entire ecosystem together for a day of collaboration

    Celebrating the Impact

    Of the collaborative projects running across the sector

    Sharing best practice

    Drive growth, innovation and collaboration in the sector

    For existing and emerging leaders

    an action oriented network that is Impact focused

    Sharing outcomes

    from the Leadership programme

  • Scottish Water Horizons -

    ethical waste management

    Scottish Water Horizons Project working with SEPA supporting the Scottish Government’s “Making Things Last – Circular Economy Strategy

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