Direct starting point of the event is the availability of the Blended Track methodology: first of all in English and ready for translation into local languages. The method combines physical meetings with online classes. This provides extra flexibility for self study and the option of reducing time investment of participants and trainers. Also CIRCO found that the modules serve as something to fall back on for trainers. Extra benefits of this new format are that it is directly transferable to participants and processes support and uniformity.
Moving the Blended methodology forward
During the event CIRCO actively encouraged knowledge sharing. Together the Hubs will share local practices and experiences to upgrade the Blended Track methodology locally and determine how to increase its effectiveness in different parts of the world. Like Bebel, a member of the Brazilian Hub commented in the open discussion: ‘It is really a matter of culture how we can apply it. Here we really need to encourage Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) starting up their Circular process and we found that interaction at physical meetings work best for this.’ Kadi Kenk, member of the Estonian Hub agreed and added: ‘We will certainly use this platform, also to go deeper into the materials afterwards. However I think the position of participants in the company matters too: designers might be more interested than managers in this structured process.’
Pieter van Os, Program manager International of CIRCO, is happy to see the growing network of Hubs present at the event: ‘Participating countries are enthusiastic to be part of the journey, especially because of the proven track record of the method in the Netherlands. This really helps to move the Blended methodology to go forwards.’