World Café - Waste

Transforming wishes into actionable ideas – session 3

On June 29th, Design 21C, with the generous help of Mary Jennings as facilitator and concept lead, hosted our third World Café session. The topic for ideation was Waste.

The intention of the World Café sessions was to:

1. Share and show how the Word Café methodology can generate quick ideas that can then be expanded into actionable projects.
2. Invite everyone to contribute their thoughts and expertise on the challenges that Dublin faces.
3. Help Design 21C define the project that the Designing Dublin team will develop in the autumn as part of the Designing Dublin: Learning to Learn pilot.

The topic of waste was the most challenging of the three to ideate. The team engaged in the café session, first by expanding their understanding of the term waste. Secondly by inventing initiatives which have the potential to redefine the definition, economic value and lifecycle of waste.

1. Expanding the understanding of waste.

Many thoughts emerged from the initial group dialogue.
These are some of the key thoughts…

• If waste were considered a valuable resource, our attitude and behavior would change.
• Waste is a bi-product of lack of education.
• Changing behavior is linked to economics.
• If waste was a resource, we would…
1. Make it politically possible to introduce better waste management.
2. Foster higher standards in material streams that produce waste.
3. Encourage a reuse and recycle industry.
• Individuals need to take responsibility for their waste.
• Design for reuse. Manufacture for recycling.
• The bins need to respond to the needs of the city and citizens.

2. Initiatives that have the potential to redefine the definition, economic value and lifecycle of waste.

These are some of the starter ideas that emerged from the team during the café session…

Idea 1
Follow the bin

A program to show the closed loop cycle of waste – from waste to new products.

For example:
• See the product cycle, i.e. from China to Dublin
• Realize the effects that the product cycle has on you life
• See the true cost of poor waste management
• Understand that there are personal savings to be made

Idea 2
The wasters

A local community initiative focalized by an entrepreneur called a “waster”.
The waster’s role would be to educate the households in the community to reduce waste – rubbish, energy, water, insulation, etc.

For example:
• Vision: Walk lightly on the earth
• Structure: 1. National body 2. Local waster 3. Communities of households
• Hold a national competition and prize the communities that have reduced their waste the most.

Idea 3a
Planning for a green capital

A course that shows cities how to become green capitals by reducing the quantity of waste generated.

For example:
• Bring together local authority staff, decision makers, opinion makers to join the course
• The content of the course would be based on procurement, prevention and reuse
• Have incentives and info for the public
• Have lectures, field trips and a projects of direct relevance

Idea 3b
Re-use course

A course that demonstrates how citizens can reduce waste in their community.

For example:
• Practical reuse of waste (unused resources)
• Target groups would be – households, communities
• Short workshops or six-month courses

Idea 4
Zero waste

A neighborhood game linked to a citywide competition.

For example:
• Zero waste is the goal of the game
• Neighborhoods are competing with other neighborhoods
• Invent incentives to change what people buy
• Use local schools
• Redefine waste – people, space, resources, activities