Circular Economy & Human Development

Alexandre LEMILLE and Patrick SCHROEDER

Human Development is critical should we wish to attain the Just Space for Humanity of Kate Raworth’s Doughnut (Planetary and Social Boundaries). In today’s approach of Circular Economy, we might attain a Safe Space for Humanity, but how about the Just Space which is as critical?

In this DIF Festival video, we have introduced our recent work done with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS UK) where we have re-conceptualized and proposed advances to the existing circular economy concept towards a broader approach to human development. The aim here being to develop a more sophisticated and holistic concept, which will include social-economic and political elements of the transformation from linear to circular economic models, combined with human development from the social sciences and development studies perspective.

The session has also presented the Circular Humansphere (Circular Economy 2.0 adding the socially equitable dimension) as a way to identify humans as highly valuable. Here Humans are part of the ‘Circular Equation’, they are themselves living circular systems: “In Natural Ecosystems, all elements, all living beings have a function or a role to play, why not us?”.

The Circular Humansphere or how humans will preserve conditions conducive to life #CircHumansphere

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