September 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Open Source Arts
Can We Have a Circular Digital Economy in West Yorkshire? @ Open Source Arts
How do the principles of the circular economy map onto the digital economy of hardware, software and most importantly people and skills?

This event will be an experiment with a “blended” structure in which participants work in mixed groups, with some people online, some physically co-located in Open Source Arts. This is a part of the Leeds Digital Festival.

Across cities, regions and the planet we face a huge challenge trying to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

A circular economy “keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracts the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recovers and regenerates products and materials” at the end of their life,

This session will include introductory talks from Dr Anne Velenturf, Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy & Sustainable Offshore Wind Development at Leeds University and Digital Access West Yorkshire, a Leeds based group who recycle technology to reduce inequalities.

We’ll discuss in smaller groups ( containing both online and physically co-located participants ) and look at how the principles of the circular economy map onto the digital economy of West Yorkshire, from three perspectives: hardware, software and most importantly people and skills.

We’ll share knowledge about what’s happening already, how can we build on that, and what a circular digital economy could look like. You are welcome to bring with you some inspiring examples of the circular economy that you have come across already, and we will  expand discussions into what creative solutions can we come up with for those challenges.

At the end of the session we’ll have new connections between people and organisations, a better collective idea of the landscape and the challenges, and maybe even some new initiatives.

Same Skies will publish the outcomes of the session on our website, and take responsibility for facilitating whatever next steps we come up with together.

Outcomes will feed into AMP, short for Alternative Manifesto Process, the Same Skies initiative that aims to amp up the voices of citizens in West Yorkshire, and generate new ideas for the first West Yorkshire mayor, to be elected in May 2021. These ideas will compliment and challenge the official party political manifestos put forward by the candidates to be mayor during the election next spring.

Can We Have a Circular Digital Economy in West Yorkshire? is organised by Same Skies and Open Source Arts, in collaboration with Leeds Creative Timebank (LCT), and Studio Raygun Design. The collaboration is an outcome of the LCT event about the Climate Emergency.

You can register to take part either online or by coming to the venue. If circumstances change we will move the whole event online.

Please don’t register for both.

Register for the online event here.

Register to come to the venue in person here.

Your registration information is shared with Leeds Digital Festival.