Diversifying and De-Growing the Circular Economy: Radical Social Transformation in a Resource-Scarce World

Authors: Kersty Hobson and Nicholas Lynch

Date of publish: June 2016

Why did we conduct this research?

A change in the consumption and behavioral pattern is obvious if we aim for a real future for all. Nevertheless, for some, the approach of circular economy falls into a "radical" approach. This paper breaks down such assumptions and explains why it does indeed fit in the new era. 

Key findings:

  • Society of hyperconsumerism. 
  • The social and cultural meanings of ‘exchange’ require further exploration and expansion.
  • Need for building a ground for non-monetary forms of sharing and swapping goods, ideas and experiences, many of which will be pivotal to a truly transformative agenda.