During the COVID-19 period, CIRCO has trained over 60 trainers in 9 countries to activate companies and apply the CIRCO Method. These countries are fully digitally and remotely trained. The results are better than expected, but we have felt the lack of personal contact for matters such as personal motivation, uncertainties about participant ‘management’ and the details of the method. That is why it is very welcome that we can travel again and that I got the opportunity to visit the CIRCO Hubs in Singapore and Thailand, and Business of Design Week in Hong Kong in one trip*. This is a short impression of the first stop: Singapore.
The CIRCO Hub partner
The main reason for visiting Singapore is to strengthen the local eco-system and to make people enthusiastic about circular design and CIRCO International. Hub partner Chemistry is working hard on this but has noticed that although there is government policy for a green transition, the focus is mainly on waste management. That creates an extra challenge in a country where government encouragement is important for companies. Fortunately, the hub is perseverant that with more effort next year, circular design is “The next big thing after Design Thinking”.
The 7 trainers from Chemistry and NYP have all executed their first Track in the past period and are enthusiastic about the method. They do indicate that it is difficult to guide service companies properly with the method and will therefore see together what they can add to the method to facilitate these companies better.
Many designers I have met, wanted to design circularly. The Design Singapore Council is a pivot in this and they would like to offer the Class, are very enthusiastic about the Circular Design Framework, and would like to fill it in with a number of sectors. Preferably to be widely publicized at the Singapore Design week in 2023.
Designers from 8 nationalities were present at a meeting of SEA Climate Designers. A super energetic group that has a broader scope than just circular design, but would like to get started with CIRCO. Super nice to meet Stephanie Arrowsmith, regional head of Impact Hub, with whom we will train a regional network in Europe and SEA local driver Natalie Seisser.