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Invitation to Open Forum: An Equitable, Inclusive, and Environmentally Sound Circular Economy - Post COVID-19

  • 1.  Invitation to Open Forum: An Equitable, Inclusive, and Environmentally Sound Circular Economy - Post COVID-19

    Posted 05-08-2020 08:19
    (Apologies for Cross-Posting)

    Dear Colleague,

    Over the past few months we have justifiably focused on the public health dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic which has already been dire in a number of countries and is likely to become more challenging as it continues its march around the world. We extend our deepest sympathy to colleagues on the frontlines of the outbreak, to people who have suffered losses, and to everyone subjected to profound disruption.

    Given the recent cancellation of the in-person AOM 2020 meeting in Vancouver and attempting to maintain portions of the AOM community – we welcome everyone with interest in the AOM PDW "From Sustainable Global Value Chains to Circular Economy – Broadening our Sight for North/South Inclusion" to join us for an open forum. (Please note that this Forum is NOT in lieu of the future PDW – but what we hope is a precursor to it and other events).

    This open forum will be on how to plan for a Circular Economy transition that is equitable, inclusive and more environmentally sound – especially with respect to climate change.

    When: May 13, Wednesday, 2020 (~90-120 minutes)
    China - 8 PM
    Amsterdam - 2 PM
    London - 1 PM
    New York - 8 AM
    San Francisco - 5 AM


    As the COVID-19 pandemic touches every aspect of modern society, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the slowdowns and shutdowns may inadvertently enable us to shape a new conception of prosperity and good livelihood. We may even come out of this unfortunate episode with renewed fortitude and commitment to work toward the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – within an umbrella we have called the Circular Economy. And since we are all living through this unique moment, observing the responses by government, businesses, and ordinary people, it marks an opportune time to explore if these changes can provide leverage points for opening pathways to new developments that can help transform the Circular Economy principles into considering issues such as social justice, vulnerable population concerns, diversity, and climate change.

    Points of departure for this conversation will include:

    • Planetary Thinking: Climate Action and the Circular Economy
    • Technology for/against the Circular Economy
    • Whose Circular Economy? Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice


    Please let us know if you are interested in joining the conversation by RSVPing here:

    NOTE: The Forum will be recorded via both Zoom and a YouTube Livestream; your registration for this Forum indicates your consent to be recorded. The recording will be available to both the organizers as well as registered participants, to facilitate coordination on next steps for publications or proposals that might emerge from this conversation.

    We have identified a number of longer-term potential outcomes from this initial discussion Forum. These potential outcomes will include edited books and peer-reviewed journal special issues. Next steps will conclude the discussion.

    We will send a follow-up email by May 11 with details on the Zoom and YouTube information to registrants.

    Hope to see you online!

    On behalf of the SSCP Knowledge Action Network (KAN) of Future Earth, The Greening of Industry Network, International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains, SCORAI, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Joseph Sarkis
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester MA
    (508) 831-4831