Introducing the REFLOW Academy eLearning courses
In the last three years, the REFLOW project has seeked to understand and transform urban material flows of six pilot cities, co-create and test regenerative solutions at business, governance, and citizen levels to create a resilient circular economy. As part of the transition, developing capacity building for citizens, governments and businesses is key to enable the transition. This is the objective of the REFLOW Academy which has now released three online courses tackling the transition challenges.
Following a massive open online course approach (MOOC), the purpose of the REFLOW Academy is to offer interested stakeholders the possibility to enrol in a set of three online courses focusing on circular economy transition
The first course, “Introduction to Circular Economy,” offers an exhaustive overview of the CE concept, from its rationale, its historical development, its positioning with other sustainability concepts, its current challenges and future directions. Positioned at beginner’s level, it is a necessary introduction course to be able to navigate through circularity implementation, whether at city or business level.
The second course, “Governing a Circular Economy in Cities,” is targeting city stakeholders willing to grasp how CE can be concretely implemented at the city level. It highlights the benefits and challenges of transitioning to a circular city, positions circular cities within other sustainability urban concepts, and details the frameworks, principles, and practical tools available to actively engage cities in a circular transition.
The third course, “Circular Business Models for Regenerative Cities,” takes a business perspective on the transition to CE. It offers an introduction to business model innovation and position circular business models within the sustainable business model concept. Beyond the presentation of theoretical background associated with sustainable and circular business models, the course offers a top down and a bottom-up approach to link business model innovation with the circular city transition. The course is aimed at city representatives in charge of business support at local level as well as entrepreneurs willing to transform or create a circular business model.
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