Certainly agree with the gist of the article, i.e. that the CE concept currently is mostly silent on more socially oriented angles. Besides a matter of framing (what if we would start calling the model to strive for Circular Society iso economy..), I cannot think of any reason why the circular models would be exclusive by dfeinition. I think there is a much more logical alignment between social inclusiveness and circularity than not. The example of repair cafes, run by local crafts-oriented people is one very easy example. Sourcing goods, especially food-stuffs from nearby producers like farmers is another (e.g. Rechtstreex, online platform to order with all producers coming from within a 50km radius). And so many other examples. In my mind there is a natural alignment between the two that is easy to tap into. That it does not happen enough is as true as the fact that this is not the necessary state of affairs. Circularity and inclusiveness are not natural enemies.

Perhaps the starting point is indeed this seemingly trivial but all the easier framing: a circular society. I.e. do not throw away the good parts, but tweak in a meaningful way to enrich the good parts.

Chief Curiosity at The New ABC. Always Be Curious and forget “the box” altogether.