Webinars & Summits

Summit 21: Fix the Economy, Fix the Climate


  • Renewable energy products progress but what happens after decommission? No thinking after this phase. Still linear thinking.
  • CO2 into the soil is beneficial compared to CO2 in the air.
  • Sequestering CO2 and put it into the soil. Biomimicry design, that how is the process is in nature.
  • Fix the Carbon cycle, that is the key. Seek if there is investment in CO2 sequestration companies, hopefully in urban developments.
  • What happens if you burn the materials and capture the CO2 emissions?
    • Identify products that can only create these instead of toxic fumes + CO2.

Renegerative agriculture

  • Jonathan Muriuki: ICRAF. Kenya. Africa.
  • Tamalu Farm (Agroforestry)
    • Regenerative proven in 2 years.
    • Syntropic agroforestry in Brazil: Emergent, Canopy, Sub-Canopy, Ground level in forest
      • Everything is planted at the same time
  • Farmer Max (livestock to regenerate soils)
    • Cow, Chickens, sheeps to regenerate soil
    • Mobile housing for chickens
  • ReNature:
      • Soil is the battery of the soil system. How can we recharge it?
      • Put CO2 into the soil.
  • Nestle:
      • Reforestation practices:
      • In setting type activity.
      • Shall companies be responsible to reforest land based on their practices?
  • Univeler
      • Cover crops. Iwowa
      • Change what people need to eat to increase biodiversity.
      • WWF 50 Foods Report: identifies 50 diverse food we should eat more to increase diversity. Sections: What ingredients we are using in products and how they are brought into the market.
      • Role of retailers: what we all eat and how we produce it.

Science-based targets for climate and for nature.

  • Target that sets a company is measurable.
  • Climate
  • Nature: nature laws. Framework for action and methods to ensure companies are moving in the right direction.

By: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Summit 21: Shifting the System


Plastics and waste are not the only systems. Government redesign their policies. Redesign contracts towards a mission and goal and hopefully in lieu of the SDGs targets.Most big innovations came from high risk early public investments.High value items requires a system and organization breakthrough not technological breakthrough.Low value items (items that are not currently recycled) requires technological breakthrough (new materials or new ways or recycling)More reading: Mariana Mazzucato Mission Economy a moonshine guide to changing capital


  • Biodiversity protection is the next step
  • International trade will change the typical way of thinking of extraction resources in a linear economy thinking way.

Materials Innovation

  • Energy storage, energy distribution
  • AI, automation to discover new materials. Alan from UofT Chemistry!
    • Organic molecules. What molecules does our body uses to store energy!?
    • Organic lasers. Material acceleration platforms.
    • Acceleration, consortion, AI
  • materials that can be designed to be used for compost. Cladding change over time.
  • Plant nano biotics program at MIT. No need to modify plants.


  • Bio-polymers.
  • Read publications from Alycia University of Chile.
  • Fast moving consumer products is suitable.
  • Cycling materials in a regional scale.

By: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Summit 21: Growth in a Circular Economy


Those who will stick with the linear system will be the losers of the transition.Currently high end products are shifting but not the cheapest ones.

When do i jump from a linear to circular?

  • Cost v.s. Risk of staying linear for your company. Look in the long term investment.
  • Linear does not work in the long term.
  • Keep in mind that you need to set up a defined vision and focus your products and services in that direction to start a conversation with policy making.
  • Leader that starts is not necessarily the one that runs it.
  • Cultural change is harder than the one between your company and supplier.

Circular Economy Roadmap in Chile: Carolina Schmidt. Minister of the Environment.

  • Develop a road map from linear to circular economy.
  • Linear economy: linked with inequalities.
  • Circular can link it with the social agenda.
  • Ocean, biodiversity, climate, circular agenda should all come together to integrate the instruments.
  • Circular bio-economics.

Companies leading Circular Economy implementation

IDEONestleWalmart InternationalDanoneCoca-ColaPhilipsH&M Group: It is needed to work with several partners, work together.Arup: Alan BelfieldIntensa SanpaoloSolvayUnilever
Investors interest: Climate change, plastic waste and circular economy. How do you use your business to add more value in processes instead of writing cheques.
Emerging economies: lack of infrastructure.
PVHIKEA: Reverse flows to incentive these business models. Sofa refurbishment. Buy back program (A method to control furniture damaged waste)

By: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Generative Urban Design: a collaboration between Autodesk Research and Van Wijnen.

Autodesk Research’s in-house architectural studio, The Living, is a pioneer in the application of Generative Design technology. They have completed successful projects for Airbus – the famous bionic partition for the A320 – and internal to Autodesk, including both the design of the new office in the MaRS district of Toronto and the exhibit hall layout for last year’s Autodesk University.

In late 2016, The Living was approached by Van Wijnen, an innovative Dutch construction company interested in reinventing the way they build homes. They wanted to apply Generative Design at the urban scale, exploring possibilities around the layout of residential areas based on financial, sociological or environmental metrics.

Speakers from Autodesk Research will present the concept behind the project and details of the Dynamo-based tool that Van Wijnen uses for new layouts. A speaker from Van Wijnen will talk about how the tool is used and has changed the way they approach urban planning projects.