IS4CE (international Society for Circular Economy)

Circular Economy Systems Thinking and Scale IS4CE day conference.  October 17th online. 

Reflections on how to create an effective circular economy at all scales. Theory and practice, challenges and opportunities for local and regional circularity.*

Keynote Speakers and workshop leaders include

Tessy Britton 
is Founding Chief Executive of Participatory City Foundation, working with residents and local government in Barking and Dagenham, London to research and prototype new approaches to community participation - the focus is on the need to shift the model from a network of micro-organisations to an adaptive and scalable system of participation. Tessy also works on a number of international projects, including supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge. Tessy is a guest lecturer at Saïd Business School (Oxford University).

Simon Platten
is Director of Tamar Grow Local (TGL) a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based on the Devon and Cornwall border of south-west England. TGL supports a network of over 90 food enterprises in the region and uses the internationally respected Open Food Network’s open source software to market their locally grown and seasonal food produce. TGL uses complex systems theory to help develop an understanding of how food business enterprises materialise, adapt, grow and collapse/fragment. In partnership with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Simon is currently working with a range of other local food networks in the UK to develop emerging practice that focuses on resilience issues and the scaling and temporal dynamics of regenerative food enterprises.

Carlos Scheel/Andrea Cantú (Mexico)
is based at Egade Business School, Mexico. His research and teaching focuses on the areas of complex systems dynamics, innovation clusters strategies, the creation of unusual business models, technology-based entrepreneurship, distributed systems and information technology. He has designed and validated the SWIT model (Sustainable Wealth creation based on Innovation and Technology) in several countries in order to create sustainable regional wealth at three empowering levels: Zero-value Residues Industrial Ecology Systems (ZRIES); Circular Value Ecosystems (CVES); and the creation of regional sharing value systems (SVS).

Ken Webster
Ken Webster is Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University and Director of the International Society for Circular Economy (IS4CE). Ken was Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2010-18) and is a member of the Club of Rome’s 21st-Century Transformational Economics Commission. Ken is author (with Craig Johnson) of ‘ABC&D - creating a regenerative circular economy for all’ (TERRApreta, 2021).

Sally Goerner (USA)
How the full story of circulation radically revises our vision of socio-economic health

Marcus Link
New Foundation Farms UK. Regenerative agrifood enterprises which will produce food and fibre in a way that supports our soils, our communities and our health.

Cynthia Reynolds (Norway)  
Founder and Systems Architect Circular Regions: digital tools to identify and connect stakeholders and stimulate opportunities

Catherine Weetman
Author A Circular Economy Handbook and host of the Circular Economy Podcast

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Tickets available via Eventbrite here

Online access via Zoom platform

*Theme amplified. If circular economy reflects insights from systems thinking how does this encompass different scales, different system conditions, the role of governance and infrastructure to produce the kind of economy we need?


June 21st 2022 Summer Webinar

Carl Waring ponders why systems thinking is not as widespread in CE as it should be  

Carl works for Frazer-Nash and is heavily involved in asset management as well as writing specifically about organisation change and circular economy. He is sharing what he has uncovered thus far and is looking for comments and feedback around the challenge of creating frameworks for change which are using a systems perspective. 

A recent article

More details of the presentation and discussion here on the Eventbrite link. Members can always find a zoom link in the members area if the ticket allocation to Eventbrite is used up. Register here for free.

Online 21st June 16.30 BST

May 18th 2022 Spring Webinar

The current state of play in Sustainable Product Design within HE...

Explore pedagogical, content and other challenges facing educators in product design in universities across the world

This webinar is based on an international study conducted by: Matthew Watkins (Nottingham Trent University), Jose L. Casamayor (AMRC, University of Sheffield), Mariano Ramirez (University of New South Wales), Mariale Moreno (3Drivers), Jeremy Faludi (TU Delft), Daniela C.A. Pigosso (Technical University of Denmark)Dr Matthew Watkins is a Principal Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering formally in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. His doctorate concerned the most effective methods for teaching the social aspects of sustainable product design in higher education. He has published numerous papers in the field of Sustainable Design Education.

Format: Zoom

Access via Eventbrite

Time: 3.30 pm London (BST)

Recent webinar March 16th 2022 Early Spring Webinar 

Thomas Fabian Delman CEO of Circle Bank* in Denmark discusses the potential to outcompete the linear economy in the construction sector.

Circle Bank aims to 'create an integrated, scalable and cost-effective circular value chain able to outcompete the linear construction practice on market terms by solving the existing research and market challenges.'

A bold plan with significant stakeholders. Materials data management is one key to really integrating the supply of secondary building maerials. Could this be the digital platform we need?

Topic: Moving the CE discussion forward - digital plaforms. 


Time: 3.30pm LONDON

Format: Zoom


Building the Network - Call for Volunteers 

IS4CE is establishing working groups to further activity within a number of key arenas. If members wish to put themselves forward to help shape and deliver IS4CE programmes please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The key working groups at this stage are:

  Conferences and Events
•  Social Media and Communications
  Membership Support and Adminstration (Secretariat) including Technical support for website
  Ideation/ Special Interest Groups
  Knowledge sharing/Education and Training 

The expectation will be that working groups will be action orientated and limited to approximately 6 members for ease of working. 
A special someone is invited to manage the networking and liaison between administration and working groups and the temporary board.

Ken Webster Director of the IS4CE (2020-22)

Special Issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability.

Special Issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability.

Check the Journal website for updates. Online and open access items are available now