Die Erfahrungen aus der SDSN Switzerland Konferenz 2019 sind da!

Die Transformation zu einer nachhaltigen Gesellschaft ist ein kollektiver Lernprozess. Zusammen mit verschiedenen Partnern haben wir an der SDSN Switzerland Konferenz 2019 sechs verschiedene 'Learning Journeys' unternommen. Unsere 'Reiseleiterinnen und Reiseleiter' teilen ihre Erfahrungen und Perspektiven hier im Blogformat.

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Stories and insights from our Beyond Waste Lab


From September to December 2018 we collaborated with Sustainable Living Lab at Impact Hub Lausanne & Living Lab Lausanne at EPFL on a Social Lab called “Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab”. We are now ready to share many beautiful insights of our participants (individually and in their prototyping groups), extensive summaries of our Lab’s processes and also some meta topic articles. You find them all in our blog on this Lab’s website. Read more about the context of this Social Lab on at the end of this article.

Caption: Getting to know the 2018 cohort in our Kick-Off workshop on Sept 14th 2018 (©Impacthub Lausanne)

The Lab’s blog content:

  • Personal Stories: Read about personal experiences and insights of our participants and also the convening team. All of them went through a personal as well as collective transformation process und have a lot to share.

  • Meta Learnings: In these blogs we share about insights that came along with this Lab experience as well as our Lab process itself.

  • Group Blogs: In this section the four groups share about their team experiences about prototyping solutions for systemic change.

  • Workshop Blogs: These blog articles summarize all the steps of this Lab’s process, 5 1-day workshops and a 3-day midterm retreat.

Some background knowledge on this Social Lab on circular economy

Current processes of production and consumption are linear and therein produce a lot of waste. A transition is required to move towards more sustainable solutions. Through some of its principles like reuse, recycle, repair and reduce, the circular economy concept offers an alternative model that treats resources in a smart way leaving reduced or no waste. Shifting to this model will require a systemic approach, a fundamental transformation of our production and consumption patterns as well as changes in our mindsets.

Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab offered a safe space for engaging into such a transition.We collaborated in this Social Lab with Sustainable Living Lab at Impact Hub Lausanne & Living Lab Lausanne at EPFL, with the support of the Engagement Migros development fund as well as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Switzerland (SDSN).

Recruiting the cohe way

Photo by  Marten Newhall  on  Unsplash

Practice what you preach! Collaboratio helvetica is growing and we need new people to complement our team. To find the perfect fit, we used our own methods and invited five applicants to take part in a co-creation session in Berne. This gave us the opportunity to get to know each person, to see how they think and collaborate. At the same time they experienced our sunny workspace and methods like our check-ins and check-outs. During the session our team and the five applicants collaborated on our communication strategy and discussed ways of sharing our experiences and knowledge gained in the gender lab.

It was the second time we used a co-creating session to find a suitable match. 

Like that the team gets to know the applicant on a personal level and the other way around. It gives as well the possibility to explore other ways of co-working with the applicants, than just for the role we were looking for. New ideas can emerge during these face to face sessions.

One participant described the co-creating session as very constructive and inspiring. “I enjoyed the hands-on approach and collaborating with others meant less pressure to immediately present a solution but gave me time to think. It was great to work with enthusiastic and experienced people. We managed to take up each other’s ideas or criticise them in a constructive way. This morning has taught me that there are more positive and enabling forms of working as a team.”

Watch this space for more information on our plans for 2019 with a bigger team and a brand new community platform (coming soon).