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The Circular Economy

Acquire the skills you need in order to identify and pursue opportunities in the transition to a Circular Economy.

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What is the Circular Economy?

The Circular Economy is a new economic paradigm that is regenerative by design.

The Circular Economy seeks long-term economic and ecological effectiveness by designing out pollution and toxicity; keeping materials and products at the highest value possible for the longest time possible; and ensuring that these become nutrients for new cycles of value once they reach their end of life.

Why is the Circular Economy relevant today?

Many countries and regions across the globe, Including the European Union, Canada and China, have approved legislative measures that mandate a transition to the Circular Economy.

In addition, the World Economic Forum, the World Resources Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other notable organizations are pushing for an accelerated transition to a Circular Economy, while hundreds of the world’s largest global businesses have already pledged to transition to a Circular Economy with horizons as near as 2025.

Learning Objectives

  • Master the key concepts, and the vocabulary of the Circular Economy.
  • Gain a multidisciplinary view of the ecosystem of ideas, legislation and stakeholders at play in the Circular Economy.
  • Grow your capacity for systemic, critical, and circular thinking.
  • Learn to identify, evaluate and pursue Circular Economy opportunities and solutions in your organization, sector or area of focus.
  • Get resources that will enable you to keep learning and gaining practical skills in the Circular Economy after the course.

Course Instructor

MANUEL MAQUEDA

Manuel Maqueda is a teacher, an author and an entrepreneur with a passion for helping others make the world a better place.

Maqueda holds a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. Prior to teaching Circular Economy, he taught Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the professional certificate of the University of California Berkeley Extension, and at other renowned business schools.

Maqueda is the director of SUPER (Single-Use Plastic Elimination or Reduction), the first tool enabling businesses to measure, reduce and certify their plastic footprint.

Manuel Maqueda is a founding partner of Kumu Thrive, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting and innovation agency focused on the circular economy, and of its sister non-profit organization Kumu.

A pioneer and a leader in stopping plastic pollution, Maqueda is the founder or co-founder of several NGOs and mission-driven initiatives, such as Plastic Pollution Coalition and the award-winning documentary film Albatross.

A notable voice in new economic models and sustainability, Manuel Maqueda regularly advises organizations innovating towards a sustainable, thriving way of life, such as The Long Now Foundation, funded by Jeff Bezos, and dedicated to fostering long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years.

MANUEL MAQUEDA

Manuel Maqueda is a teacher, an author and an entrepreneur with a passion for helping others make the world a better place.

Maqueda holds a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. Prior to teaching Circular Economy, he taught Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the International Diploma Program of the University of California Berkeley Extension, and at other renowned business schools.

Maqueda is the director of SUPER (Single-Use Plastic Elimination or Reduction), the first tool enabling businesses to measure, reduce and certify their plastic footprint.

Manuel Maqueda is a founding partner of Kumu Thrive, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting and innovation agency focused on the circular economy, and of its sister non-profit organization Kumu.

A pioneer and a leader in stopping plastic pollution, Maqueda is the founder or co-founder of several NGOs and mission-driven initiatives, such as Plastic Pollution Coalition and the award-winning documentary film Albatross.

A notable voice in new economic models and sustainability, Manuel Maqueda regularly advises organizations innovating towards a sustainable, thriving way of life, such as The Long Now Foundation, funded by Jeff Bezos, and dedicated to fostering long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Enhance your e-learning experience with multimedia content, online exercises, discussion forums and live webinars with the Instructor

INTERACT TO LEARN

Be a part of an international, multidisciplinary community of professionals working together to advance their Circular Economy skills

DATA AND CASE STUDIES

Contextualize theoretical knowledge with compelling, real-life data and case studies

GAIN ACTIONABLE SKILLS

Understand your needs, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a Circular Economy, and discover areas where you can start applying your new skills right away

GET CERTIFIED

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LEARN FROM THE BEST

Instructors are leading practitioners in their respective disciplines, closing the circle by grounding theory in practice

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