Outcomes from the Circular Economy Leaders Summit 2017
Compiled by Institute of Water and FutureX Innovation
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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