Dieper ingaan op de blauwe en circulaire economie – in een omgeving die daar helemaal van in het teken staat? Tijdens de Circular Economy Masterclasses BlueCity die we samen met o.a. Metabolic en Superuse Studios organiseren, krijgen jouw medewerkers een beter begrip van de circulaire economie en de kansen daarin. Daarmee verhoog je niet alleen de impact van je event, maar ook de bewustwording van je bezoekers.

Metabolic is een consultancy bureau dat systeemdenken gebruikt om wereldwijde duurzaamheid challenges op een innovatieve manier te tackelen. Superuse Studios is een architectenbureau dat gebruik maakt van de contextuele mogelijkheden. Beide partijen denken en werken niet vanuit lineairiteit, maar in een continue cyclus van recreatie, gebruik en hergebruik. Samen met o.a. Metabolic en Superuse Studios ontwikkelden we zes verschillende masterclasses.

8 Circular Economy Masterclasses

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Van circular cities tot het aanpakken van de wereldwijde voedselketen, en van het begrijpen van de nieuwe economie tot het onderzoeken van de reststromen van jullie eigen bedrijf – deze zes masterclasses geven jouw werknemers de kennis en technieken om de transitie naar een duurzamere toekomst te versnellen.


Circular Masterclass: Bacterial leather

Kombucha is a fermented drink that contains beneficial nutrients, enzymes and acids improve digestions. Using (waste) tea, sugar and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) you learn to ferment your own kombucha tea as well growing a compostable leather-like material. Vegetable leather is not waterproof yet, but many designers, like Suzanne Lee, experiment with new additions and alternative growing methods.

This workshop walks you through the process of making kombucha leather from start to finish. You will learn about the health benefits as a beverage, next to growing methods, dying methods and design with a material like this. The leather is completely compostable and will biodegrade naturally with your organic waste after use.

What you leave with:

  • • Hands-on workshop where you learn to ferment a healthy beverage and grow a vegan leather in one process.
  • •  Experience the immense possibilities in your field while working with bacteria
  • • You will receive your own bacterial culture which you can use over and over again for growing your material.


Circular Masterclass: Grow your mycelium

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a mushroom living underneath our soil. These ‘mushroom roots’ have multiple purposes in nature like the communication between other vegetation. In nature, mycelium takes care of the transport of nutrients and the degradation of dead plants and trees. In fact, mycelium grows on any form of cellulose, from printed paper to sawdust and straw, it functions as a natural glue. Designers and scientist prove that this material is promising, resulting in compostable bricks, packaging, furniture and even fabrics. Learn about mushrooms, its mycelium root network, applications in design, architecture and medicine and get your hands dirty in our pop-up laboratory.

In one hour, you turn waste into value and you will create a 100% compostable product to take home.

What you leave with:

  • • Hands-on workshop where you grow your own biodesign product from mushrooms
  • • Experience the blue economy by growing materials with micro organisms, the factories of the future.
  • • We can customise and personalise our workshop competely by your companies wishes

This Cirular Masterclass is powered by BlueCity Lab

Circualar Masterclass: Biomimicry

In this workshop you will learn how nature’s apprentice by resolving a business related question with the help of nature. Many plants, bacteria, animals and fungi have equipped themselves with spectacular features. The lotus leaf, for instance, has a water repellant surface, whilst spider silk stronger than steel. Nature’s own innovations can be applied as products, services, system and ideas. Check out the shoe made from spidersilk by Adidas.

What you leave with:

  • • Learn to think and collaborate as an ecosystem,
  • • Know how to apply biomimicry in your company for problem solving and business development
  • • Make a prototype (you don’t need to be a designer for this)

This Circular Masterclass is powered by BlueCity Lab

Circular Masterclass Value systems game

The Value System Game is a card game that gives you quick insights into the system of your circular (or not yet so circular) project or business. Which processes produce waste flows? How can these be turned into high quality resources? Where in the chain can smart connections be established and therefore add value? With this game you will see where the bottlenecks are in your project, but also where you can make impact. During this masterclass we will use the participant’s business as a case study.

This Circular Masterclass is powered by SuperUse Studios

Circular Masterclass Understanding systems thinking

Creating positive change in the world can be difficult. Systems thinking helps us better understand the underlying causes of complex challenges, and, ultimately, overcome them.

In this masterclass you’ll learn how to use systems thinking to understand how our
global economy operates and how to best transform the status quo. Our approach uses data science and systems modeling to identify the dynamics between complex
interactions in a system, such as a supply chain or an economic sector and provide insights about the root causes of key impacts.

What you leave with:
• A clear understanding of what systems are and how their behavior arises.
• An overview of the tools and approaches that can be used for mapping and analyzing systems to identify strategies for transformation.
• Concrete tips on the most effective ways to create change in systems, using examples relevant to your organization.

This Circular Masterclass is powered by Metabolic

Circular Masterclass Designing The Circular Cities of the future

While cities occupy only 3% of the Earth’s surface area, they house more than half of the world’s population, consume over 75% of the global resources and are responsible for up to 80% of greenhouse emissions.

In this Masterclass, geared towards international city officials, urban planners and utility providers, this Masterclass takes participants through the ins-and-outs of circular cities, we provide a crash course on the principles and theory of urban metabolisms and circular city development.

What you leave with:
• Insider information of the common pitfalls, benefits, and barriers to transitioning cities to perform at high circularity
• A clear understanding of the nuances of local stakeholder management necessary for making progress on a local circular economy.
• Reliable strategies to identify low-hanging fruit and design pilots that educate, build support, and accelerate the transition.

This Circular Masterclass is powered by Metabolic

Circular Masterclass Building sustainable food systems

Unsustainable agricultural practices and their impact on the environment are one of the main global drivers of climate change, biodiversity loss, and future food insecurity.

This Masterclass is relevant for a range of individuals and organizations. We’ll take you on a journey through the food system and help you apply the lessons we’ve gained from this global perspective to the goals of your organization. We’ll help you understand the best role you can play, from a systems perspective, to generate change.

What you leave with:
• Systemic understanding of the global challenges and impacts of the food system.
• Concrete interventions that actually make a difference when implemented.
• Inspiration from alternative food systems that cut through the hype.

This Circular Masterclass is powered by Metabolic

Circular Masterclass Applying the Circular Economy

Over the last few years, the term ‘circular economy’ has gained immense popularity among both businesses and governments. But what is the real value of the circular economy for your organization, and which pathways towards it hold the most promise?
In this Masterclass, you will learn the details of a true circular economy, its opportunities, its barriers, and its common misconceptions.

What you leave with:
• A clear understanding of the unique value the circular economy holds for your business.
• Knowledge of the main impact areas within the sector or industry in which you’re operating.
• Concrete tips for communicating the value of circular thinking internally, as well as how to make small but meaningful steps.

This Circular Masterclass is powered by Metabolic


Interesse in een Circular Masterclass voor jou bedrijf?

Ben jij op zoek naar een uniek en waardevermeerderend teamuitje of zoek jij een innovatief en inspirerend project als voorbeeld voor je afdeling? Boek een circular masterclass in BlueCity.

Heb je nog vragen of wil je boeken? Neem contact op met Bart van der Zande, via programma@bluecity.nl