The New Urban Economics – Circularity and Beyond

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TIME: Wednesday May 22, 19.30 – 20.30

LOCATION: Lillehjella, SALT – Langkaia 1

Hosted by Circular Norway in cooperation with Rethinking Economics Norway and NITO

In this evening session we bring together people who are transforming the way we understand city life. For a circular economy to thrive there is a strong need for collaboration and knowledge sharing, a circular city is therefore dependent on creating spaces for people to meet and communicate. A transition to a circular economy could be a catalyst for creating cities that are more collaborative and community-based, and even a possibility for the urban population to reconnect to the natural environment.

The circular economy brings out a need to create new narratives on how we should understand value creation. In this session you will learn more about concepts such as innovation value, relational value, environmental and circular value, all concepts that need to be part of the new urban economics. We ask; can collaboration ability replace competition as a driving force of urban development? Will sustainability be the new economic goal in urban environments instead of meaningless growth?

Let´s take the topics of urban future into the realm of new economics. Welcome to the most amusing economics class you will ever have!

This session is part of the event series Salty Side Event by the Sea, which is a public and free side event for this year’s Urban Future Global Conference in Oslo.

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 Ladeja Godina Košir is the founder and Executive Director of Circular Change. She was a finalist of The Circular Leadership Award 2018 (Davos WEF), recognised as the regional “engine of circular economy transition”. She is the co-author of the first Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia. A transdisciplinary approach and holistic view are what Ladeja is implementing as an entrepreneur, marketing-communications professional, speaker, moderator, lecturer, mentor and passionate connector.

She is empowering a new narrative and circular culture, bridging creative industries and the circular economy. Ladeja is co-leader of The Research Group Circular Economy Systems at the Bertalanffy Center for System Science in Vienna, visiting professor at the Doshisha University in Kyoto, AmCham and Managers Association, and chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform in Brussels.

Martha McPherson is the Head of Green Economy and Sustainable Growth at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), a center at University College London where they are “rethinking how public value is created, nurtured and evaluated”. She has recently published the report “The Green New Deal: A bold mission-oriented approach” together with IIPP Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, Mariana Mazzucato, and has worked on city- and region- level approaches to the green transition.

Einar Kleppe Holthe is a Norwegian coffee – entrepreneur and was a part of the “Direct Trade” movement in  the global coffee industry in 2000. He is now the founder of Natural State, a development & advisory company working on understanding the dynamics of city life, and dense urban economics. He is working with creating a more meaningful and poetic economic language for valuespheres of identity, places and urban innovation dynamics of “transparency trade”. He is also strategic leader of Arena Oslo, the culture industry cluster of Oslo that was started last year, and has been one of the main partners of UFGC coming to Oslo this year.

Christine Lundberg Larsen is the CEO of Accounting Norway (Regnskap Norge), the industry association for authorized accountants in Norway. The accounting industry serve and consult more than 70 % of the businesses in Norway. Christine has through her many years as a senior manager extensive experience with culture building, change management and innovation. She is passionate about and is a driving force in the transition to sustainable operations and a circular economy. To succeed in the transition we need new and innovative business models, which will impact the accounting and the financial management. The accounting industry plays an important role in this process. Christine is also on the advisory board of Circular Norway, which is the organization she will be representing in this panel.

Anne Cathrine Berger is working as the Policy Director for NITO, Norway´s biggest trade union for engineers and technologists with almost 90 000 members, where she has been working for seven years. In NITO she is responsible for all NITOs political engagement and work. She has an extensive background working as a political advisor in the Norwegian Parliament. She is also an elected member of the Municipality of Asker for the Labour Party.

Moderator: Ebba Boye, leader or Rethinking Economics Norway. She is currently writing a report on the circular economy in Norway.

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