XLabs is a creating space at the intersection of human potential, science, and technology using a circular economy framework. A circular design program that takes participants on a journey from a challenge they need to solve to pitching a circular solution. This is how we will create new and better value for the future, together. By bringing businesses, experts and communities together we can build capability, accelerate innovation and shape extraordinary ideas for a more regenerative, resilient future. A future created in collaboration and led by the guiding principles of a circular economy.
XLabs LEARN: An online course created by real-world practitioners - where you and your team explore how the circular economy can be practically applied to your business and environmental challenges.
XLabs LIVE: 20 teams progress from LEARN to the in-person circular design sprint - advancing their circular concepts into validated solutions alongside Circularity and expert collaborators.
Planned for w/c 4th April 2022.
XLabs COACH: a wrap-around, ongoing coaching service from Circularity and expert collaborators to help your business advance these circular solutions into reality and create valuable progress.
The circular economy has moved beyond a niche topic, to become an undeniable necessity for the world — this is the new narrative for innovation and progress.
Internationally, businesses and brands are seeking to access a circular opportunity worth nearly $2 trillion in Europe alone and up to $8.8 billion in additional economic activity for Auckland^, all with a reduction in carbon emissions and use of virgin resources.
^economic analysis by Sapere Research Group.
The potential lies in activating the ideas, energy and intent of a diverse collection of businesses, industries, experts and creative minds. Because all the solutions already exist, they just haven't been connected in the ways they are needed yet.
Enough time for you to schedule work around the program, but also allow for ebb and flow to naturally occur between your day job and the future you are creating. With an agenda and digital support that moves you between indoor, outdoor and online spaces to optimise energy flows.
While you are part of the program you will tackle a challenge for your business. This means it has more chance of being implemented. For many individuals or teams, working alongside other businesses to gain perspective and find new solutions is one of the most rewarding experiences of XLabs.
The Circular by Design methods form the basis of the XLabs program and will help you explore and unlock the circular economy advantage for your business. We start by 'Loving the Problem' in which we will help you build a system map for your business to close the loop. From there, we explore how you might grow your world, influence regenerative behaviours, use network participation to unlock new business models and embed new technologies.
Using our circular idea canvas you will explore new ideas and how to make them likely to succeed. You will become clearer on how you might solve your challenge, and might be surprised to discover that many solutions already exist. Sharing journeys and stories generously, to inspire others to rise to the challenge.
The best future can only be unlocked together. The kind of cross-industry collaboration we need is both rare and crucial to redesigning our total system, not just the individual parts. In our recent Tāmaki Makaurau chapter, we brought additional collaborators and experts from For the Love of Bees, Scion, Granta, Exeter University, Milk, Osynlig, Blender, Akina (to name of few), into the lab as well as Te Aroha Grace of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Nuu, and Dan Hikuroa to start instilling a deeper understanding of Mātauranga Māori into the work we do. The relationships you form will last well after pitch night -these will be your allies in redesigning the future.
Watch this space and register your interest in making the shift from linear to circular — and start creating new value for your future.
XLabs Learn will bring online circular economy training to businesses and individuals across Aotearoa New Zealand — and a select number of businesses will continue on to attend the XLabs Live circular design sprint in April 2022.
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