In 2023, the Mission Network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (#cocreateSANL) and the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) are hosting a series of events to explore the concept of circularity in the African context – the challenges, successes and the opportunities.
In partnership with the City of Cape Town, Green Cape, the African Circular Economy Network(ACEN) and Circular South Africa (CSA), the series of events will examine the power of design to tackle current socio-economic and environmental challenges. The events will gather academics, policymakers, government officials, professionals, civil society members, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers to discuss, engage, learn, and spark new ideas.
Two Creative Exchange events will be hosted – one in June and another in July, as well as which will clminate in a 2023 #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL to be hosted in August. These knowledge exchange platforms gather people in a sharing space, to learn and spark new ideas.
The Creative Exchanges and the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL will explore the design of better systems, processes and products that can benefit citizens, the environment, and lead to a more prosperous circular and green economy. The hope is to create a broader community of diverse skills and perspectives; and inspire collaborative action.
The main theme for the event is South Africa’s future is circular – Reimagining our world: circular design in SA.
The first Creative Exchange will ask: How can we cocreate new ways to produce, consume and live while respecting our natural resources?
In July, the Creative Exchange will be Reimagining style and travel: circularity in Fashion and tourism.
These discussions will explore a little deeper into what being circular means in an African context, and why the design of better systems, processes and products are vital, and unpack major collaborate efforts such as the South African Plastics Pact.
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