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Adam El Jahouari
After founding a NGO that create sustainable projects in villages in Morocco, I started searching for a new concept of sustainability that fits the best humans needs in an ecosystem. I found it on the BE. BESS helped me deepen my knowledge about BE, and meet inspiring people all over the world.
I’m interested in regional development and creating BE systemic business models for people in need. For this remodelling my NGO so that it can train students and local entrepreneurs. Then to design with them those business models and start implementing the projects. Each region has it’s own business models and specificities. It will create lots of industries in lots of fields and inspire people to see abundance in scarcity.
After BESS 2014, I gained lot of knowledge in business model designing in the new perceptions and philosophy of the BE. I’m really at ease at systems thinking and shifting paradigms. I gained in negotiation abilities, analysing problems and seeing opportunities. I have more insight about possibilities in science and businesses. Those abilities made it really possible and even obvious to go to the goal I’m heading to.2016
Through my studies of Forest Science & Resource Management I came across Gunter Paulis work with ZERI and the Blue Economy. What inspired me was his integration of sustainability with business models that could have tremendous potential to change the way we live and do business. When I got the chance to participate in the summer school I did not hesitate and it was one of my best decisions not only for the great education but also for the great people I have met at BESS.
In the summer of 2014 I have founded the company Edelpilzfreunde Stuttgart GmbH. With the inspiration from BESS, the support of my family and the help of Chido from the Future of Hope Foundation we are bringing mushroom farming on coffee waste to Stuttgart, Germany. Our first milestone will be to provide fresh gourmet mushrooms to restaurants and hobby chefs in our region. The next milestones will be the development of further uses such as animal feed and fertilizer.
This is our motivation and it keeps us going the blue economy way. We are excited about where this road will lead us.If you want to follow our progress, you can do so at www.edelpilzfreunde.de or drop me an email at email@example.com.
Should you be interested in learning more about how you can apply the Blue Economy in your field I am always open to share what I know. Through my studies of natural science and the Blue Economy coupled with my work as an online marketeer I might be able to help you identify blue opportunities and communicate your vision. This could serve as a kickstart to your own meaningful and blue business.
I was working on my master’s thesis degree when I came across the Blue Economy. I was immediately impressed by this new world. For me it was a challenge, a challenge I could not refuse, so I decided to participate in the Blue Economy Summer School to get to know people like me, with my own thoughts and purposes. The BESS has been crucial to take my purposes to the next level, over the unforgettable experience.
After the BESS my head was filled with ideas and dreams. I started to think about what will be the most important environmental challenge of the future and I realized that the cities will be the key challenge of the future. For this reason I am focusing on the socio-ecological urban development. My idea is to considerate cities as ecosystems, inspired by the real high-performance and functional natural ecosystems. With its 3.8 million years of experiments, errors, evolution, creative solutions, Nature has succeeded in developing an organizational perfect system able to secure the future of the whole earth. But the natural perfection is still far away from our knowledge, and for this reason research is the key to developing economic and social systems able to design a long-term future. The challenge will be to combine social needs and desires, natural and artificial systems, security and freedom, the allocation of natural resources and aesthetics. The strategic point are the technology and the knowledge that will promote a sustainable economy and development.
I hold a master degree in Industrial and Environment Design, my researches are focusing on fog and waterfall collection, mainly for domestic use, but also to obtain fresh water for gardening, farming and for industries consumption. Most all of my projects are inspired by nature and its intelligence. Moreover I am studying a Biomimetic approach for urban advancement based on Blue Economy and Systemic Design.2016
Having established and run Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) www.moss.org.au an industry body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in Australia for almost 10 years, I am constantly on the lookout for cutting edge innovation, thought leadership and best practice to address the growing number of social, economic and environmental issues we as a society face. I had heard about Gunter Pauli and the Blue Economy for some time before I finally read the book and the online case studies. From that point I was hooked but needed to know more of the principles, methodologies and technologies – which was why I made the commitment to attend the BESS in 2014. And I am so pleased I did.
In my view, the Blue Economy is the most holistic approach to sustainable development I have come across. Some think it’s just another version of the Circular economy – as both stand on the shoulders of the green economy to achieve radical resource productivity, zero waste and sustainability and incorporate concepts such as systems thinking and design, cradle-to-cradle, closed loop, up-cycling, reuse, recycling, remanufacturing, industrial ecology, renewable energy and the share economy. However the Blue Economy goes further to strengthen competitiveness by lowering costs and pursuing a more effective economy of scale. It’s a business model that generates more value and multiple benefits (including social and environmental) with locally available resources.
I was one of the first 150 people to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Leader, was involved in establishing the new global principles of “How to communicate sustainability” and now I am honored to be one of the first 25 people in the world certified as a Blue Economy Expert and aim to support the expansion of Blue Economy thinking and innovation across the Asia Pacific Region through education and training, R&D, investment, advocacy & outreach.2016
Elim Haziel Rodriguez
I have been convinced that progress is not a trade-off of money for social or environmental well-being, but, for instance, as for many people either the wellbeing of the environment is not a determinant of advance, or it is unavoidable to provoke externalities but only possible to reduce or compensate them. Having this insight took me to a new track which eventually brought me to meet the BE community. I found my experience in the Blue Economy Summer School valuable as I could meet like-minded people and also become aware of many new ideas along the insight we all shared.
The first project I have in mind and on which I am currently working is in the field of Nutrition. We must become aware that money is not the only medium of exchange as we in fact have paid many bills with our health at the tills in the shopping stores. That first project regards knowledge on how to nurture an organism considering necessary nutritional intakes, ph, and several other aspects. Our organism is the most immediate ecosystem to us, therefore to acknowledge how it is naturally designed to work and to realize how we can enhance this, falls under the principles of the Blue Economy. The project is on its first stage, R&D; its applications are myriad.
Other plans I have in mind include starting a BE society where I study, participating in competitions such as the Hult Prize, “the world’s largest student competition for social good” using the BE insights as a basis, and finally working with a community in Ecuador to lead them to development (People, Planet and Profit)
Through various different ways I came to work with Sara Hjalmarsson who develops real-life training scenarios for education purposes. She introduced me to systemic design and seriously insisted that I attend a course in Pécs called Blue Economy Summer School. I am very glad she insisted.
Pedagogy, psychology, systems, life, science, the human phenomena. I find a great deal of things interesting. I’ve had a lot of experience with community building and organizing large scale event. An expertise I have put to use mainly for voluntary work and the assortment of hobbies I have collected throughout the years. I would like to put my accumulated knowledge in this field to good use and in various creative ways promote Blue Economy as a concept. Blue Economy is not just a phenomenon that encompasses brave and innovative technology. It is also a mindset, a viewpoint. When you appreciate this and try to promote it you work in different angles. How to promote Blue Economy as a mindset fascinates me a great deal.
Event design, scenario development, analyzing and tinkering with systems. I have spent most of my adult life and adolescence working at or in different ways organizing large scale events. I have an intimate knowledge of the ups-and-downs of building communities, establishing and conveying visions, navigating and managing large groups of people in a way that makes stuff happen. I have a mixed educational background. I am also quite handy in the kitchen and also very humble.2016
I was introduced to Blu Economy at Summer School 2014. The reason for the introduction was a suggestion from my sister in Sweden regarding Blue Economy. Simply she suggested I go, and I did. The added value is a reaching out that never exhausted the importance of mother earth and participating in her natural methods.
My plans for the future and activities presently involve mushroom growing from Coffee grounds. In addition to the mushrooms I am working on uses for Coffee grounds other than a growing medium. Coffee can be used in manufacturing of building products which I feel might eliminate some cutting of trees by using its hardwood properties. Aquaponics is also an interest that I have only studied and will put in practice this year. Vortex technology excites me and I hope I can infiltrate Curt and Watreco to help be part of its use in the world.
Action the a very imperative aspect of Blue Economy is my most notorious characteristic. Through observation many ideas and reasons for action can be implemented. As for my expertise? After 3 months I can not claim expert to any aspect of Blue Economy. I can only use what I have learned in my 54 years and apply it through a Blue Economy Model of practice OUT OF THE BOX MOST LIKELY!2016
My first meeting with Gunter was in 2012 in Zeist. Someone from the audience asked about summer school then, but it was too soon for me to consider. I read a lot about Blue Economy instead. In 2013 I remembered and asked Gunter via Twitter if there would be summer school in 2013. He showed me the website and I did not hesitate to enrol. Summer school was a life-changing experience for me. My worldview changed! I learned new ways of looking at ecosystems and nature, exchanged experiences with classmates from all over the world and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
First of all I want to offer my expertise (marketing, training, PR, storytelling) to the companies and organisations that are active in BE. I am planning to publish articles, give trainings and connect people that are on the same wavelength. If companies inspired by BE can use my international commercial and marketing skills, they are most welcome to contact me. Furthermore, I will continue my efforts in the field of composting and will emphasize the need for more organic matter in our soil and initiate projects stimulating biodiversity (starting with the soil). I have plans for pilot projects involving farmers, strengthening this with storytelling and publications to show that systemic design can work in practice. I will widen my contacts with schools and universities to get BE principles accepted as learning essentials and promote the ‘learning by doing’ principle. Last but not least I am very interested in the R&D of waste streams and developing local markets, so that production processes can be connected and systemic design can be taken one step further. Most of all I want to cooperate with the many inspiring people who are working according to BE principles or who would want to work this way.
Until now I have giving lectures and trainings in Dutch and English about Blue Economy to a variety of audiences. On the practical side I have gained experience with several methods of composting, also terra preta. I have been a bridge between several BE projects in the Netherlands, sharing experiences, and will continue to do so.2016
Judit Bedőné Károly
After +20 years of professional experience in the telco/IT industry from management- and business development positions I made a decision to start my own independent consultancy business. With strong interest in sustainability, I was immediately engaged in a Swedish research project with the goal to supply sustainable protein sources for feed. I started to learn about circular economy and was introduced to the Blue Economy late 2013. BESS gave me a thorough insight in systems thinking, systemic design and the core in BE – to use nature as coach in business development.
I am committed to spread the knowledge about Blue Economy but also to contribute to build the future growing sustainable businesses targeting zero emission and zero waste. I would like to contribute to the establishment of BE related academic courses at universities in Sweden, as well as introducing BE related education material in primary- and secondary schools. A first step would be to launch Gunters Fables in primary schools and other venues for training.
My primary focus to use my expertise, will be concrete business development projects, mainly joint projects involving academia, public sector and industry. Preferably local development to strengthen local economy bases on BE: Clustering of businesses to eliminate waste and emissions, creating jobs and wealth.
There are great possibilities for collaboration with other BE experts in Sweden and elsewhere, with co-learning and improvements applying the scan-screen–implement process. Based on my first project related to BE – the sustainable protein production – I am very interested in development issues regarding biological waste streams, but also very strong interest in sustainable urban development.
I co-developed a ½-day Blue Economy Foundation course, which has been given in Sweden. I also participated in the first Swedish launch of the book The Blue Economy, and was involved to establish the Swedish Blue Economy network (blueeconomy.se). My main areas of expertise are business development issues, business management & financials as well as networking and connecting with people. Specific BE related expertise is my systems thinking approach and my networking skills. My analytical skills are useful in areas like resource flow analysis and business planning and my business management skills make sense to get things going.2016
I had the privilege to meet Gunter Pauli at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. During his presentation I was able to link many unanswered questions that I kept asking myself, one of those questions was how to conduct businesses in a sustainable way meaning that the economical, ecological and social aspect were taking all the same consideration. I decided to be part of the BESS 2014 to broaden my knowledge in order to guide others to apply BLUE ECONOMY on their daily routines.
After brainstorming and sharing ideas with other Blue Economy colleagues, I have decided to apply one of the many business cases from the Blue Economy, the production of mushrooms using the coffee ¨waste¨ from the cafeterias in Barcelona. Also, I intent to guide and offer Blue Economy solutions specializing in urban ecological solutions in Spain. The main target can be companies in the private sector, social sectors and individuals who are willing to learn about the Blue Economy concepts.
Since I learned about the Blue Economy in 2011, I have been researching, experimenting and sharing the concept with others. I realized that the more you share your knowledge with others, the more you learn yourself creating synergies with the different actors around you; thus creating a tendency of sharing instead of competing which is a key element for success. I intent to promote Blue Economy in the urban areas where there is a big supply of ¨waste¨ that can be transformed into valuable resources.2016
My first meeting with Gunter was in 2011 in Milano during a presentation in which Kyoto Club, the environmental association in which I work since 2004 was involved. After one year I received the invitation of the first edition of Blue Economy Summer School, so I did not hesitate to enrol. The summer school was a interest opportunity to develop still the blue economy principles and meet directly the people that works in the field. It was a life-changing experience for me. My worldview changed! Nature is full of solutions that we do not yet see, and which, if applied to our daily lives, can be turned into a business.
As an architect I worked mainly in the building sector, with special attention of the energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in buildings. In the last years I start to work also with urban waste, trying to apply the principles of the blue economy in cities, in particular in some projects financed by Cariplo Foundation and also my own house, a big condominium in which I live. I’m trying to develop the Blue Building System Concept, working with my condominium neighbours, the city council and the local utilities. I’m also working as a consultant in these issues for an important company that produce the building shading devices. I'm also working in an idea that I personally developed: SMARTh FUrniTURE, that means furniture that reduce energy building consumption improving the thermal comfort.
Until now I have giving lectures and trainings about Blue Economy to a variety of audiences. On the practical side I have gained experience with some topics about the complexity of waste management within the project that we are carrying on with 6 municipalities of the south Area of Milan. As an architect, after the Summer School I start to apply that blue economy concept in my professional world. I promoted the Blue economy through the Kyoto Club Association, participating in many round tables, seminars, and courses organized by different Italian organizations. I also push some other environmental organizations to present a project regarding the use of coffee for mushrooms production.2016
Pepijn van de Vorst
I was interested in environmental issues as a kid at elementary school. Later it faded away. It came back at a Blue Economy seminar in my town Deventer (The Netherlands), September 2013. After this seminar I directly knew I wanted to get involved. I became a member of a transition town working group, focused on blue economy concepts and sustainable development of a local economy (REconomy). Because I have an ICT background and no biological / environmental background, I decided to attend Blue Economy Summer School to get more insight in Blue Economy as a starting point for my future.
Because of my ICT background I have to develop my Blue Economy knowledge & experience step-by-step. A first, but from my perspective very important step, is to translate Gunter’s fables into Dutch (in a team). Translating them will give me more insight in the backgrounds of blue economy and at the same time we develop very valuable educational material that can be used in all kind of schools at all kind of levels. I’m also committed deeply to help facilitate schools using the fables in their curriculum after the fables have been translated. Another important step is to get to know other people involved in blue economy in The Netherlands. And create / be part of a network. When the network is big enough, e.g. in the town where I live, we will do a scan-screen-implement for our region. Because it’s important to involve the right people, this will be in 2015. Another activity I’m involved in, is developing a model that can be used to visualize and calculate flows of water, energy and matter between enterprises in a local economy. This is in cooperation with Tibor Kiss of Pecs University and possibly Luigi Bistagnino of Politecnico di Torino.
I have no specific expertise regarding one of the Blue Economy innovations. My expertise is in analyzing & testing computer systems. This expertise is useful for analyzing flows of energy, water and matter. I’ve been teamleader in different contexts and I know how to work together effectively and how to get things done. I always look at things from a systems perspective, a very important pilar of Blue Economy. I’ve worked with budgets and financial administration and coached people who started their own company, so I know about financial aspects and startup issues. I’m also an experienced facilitator of workshops.2016
I came across Blue Economy before it was even called Blue Economy. In the winter of 2006/2007, I discovered a project called Las Gaviotas while browsing the internet. It caught my interest and I just had to find out more. I read everything I could find, followed the work of ZERI, Politechnico di Torino and even emailed Gunter Pauli a few times. But it was first in October 2013 that I mustered the courage to contact ZERI and book my first meeting with Gunter and the Blue Economy Entrepreneurs. Since then, I have never looked back.
I am a polymath and systems thinker with strong grasp of many different fields. This has allowed me to develop an understanding of autopoietic (self-managing) social systems. As an entrepreneur I harness these systems to help people prepare for real-world challenges. As a changemaker, I build strong, self-supporting local networks capable of implementing and supporting Blue Economy. When I attended BESS, my aim was to build my network, but the program offered me so much more. I found the confidence to embrace my knowledge and impatience in order to catalyse a wider implementation of BE. Since completing BESS 2014, I have focused mostly on Sweden, where BE has existed since 1996. Here I have connected the experienced BE veterans with those who have just begun to explore the concept. The resulting synergy has boosted Blue Economy initiatives throughout the country. With a background in counter-terrorism security, I am also passionate about the link between sustainability and security. It surprises me that these two areas are so disconnected when they are both about building resilience at the systemic level. I believe BE offers a harmonious approach to the matter. After all, the most cost-effective counter-terrorism measure is a sustainable society.
As a polymath, it is extremely difficult for me to identify a specific field of expertise – there are several. If I have to chose one field, it is the ability to implement – anything, anywhere, with anyone. I work with understanding and building self-managing social systems. As an entrepreneur, I harness this knowledge to prepare people for real-world challenges. As a change maker, I strengthen existing systems to catalyse the implementation of local solutions.
I am based in Cairns, Australia that is located between two world heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland Wet Tropics Rainforests, which contains the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on earth. I was seeking an approach to economic development that supports the unique natural values as well as the continued prosperity, wellbeing and development of the region. I discovered the Blue Economy in 2010, which provided an approach to achieving these goals and became aware of the Blue Economy Summer School in 2013. Attending the 2013 BESS was invaluable in providing me with a thorough understanding and application of the Blue Economy as well as an international network of peers and experiences to draw upon and learn from.
I established Possible People (www.possiblepeople.com.au) in 2013, an Economic Development & Implementation Specialist consultancy that focusses on creating sustainable development outcomes. Possible People provides an innovative approach to economic and enterprise development utilising Circular and Blue Economy Economic Development approaches. The Possible People Blue Economy Service Model (www.possiblepeople.com.au/#!possible-people-model/c5er) has been produced based on the Scan, Screen and Implement process established by Gunter Pauli. This model combines Circular and Blue Economy approaches with program and project management practices to facilitate implementation. This model can be customised to suit individual businesses, clusters of businesses and communities who want to develop and implement economic and enterprise development strategies. My particular focus is on working with Property Developers, Economic Developers, Entrepreneurs and Thought & Do Leaders to create more business opportunities, value and jobs by using what is available locally whilst restoring the local environment and building stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.
I have used the Blue Economy approach to develop economic development strategies and business models in the property development, tourism, eco-tourism and indigenous sectors. See http://www.possiblepeople.com.au/#!track-record/ch6q for further information.2016
When I was introduced to the Blue Economy concept during a sustainable business course I found that the ideas perfectly matched my values and my thinking, and I was fascinated by the multitude of possibilities displayed. During two years I read and viewed a lot about Blue Economy. By attending BESS 2014 I have deepened my understanding for Systems thinking and the principles behind Blue Economy. Furthermore, I got a highly valuable international network of Blue Economy Experts with a wide range of experiences, and had a really great time with great people sharing the same vision.
I want to spread knowledge of BE and the possibilities it brings. I will do this by giving trainings, lectures etc. I also plan to initiate local/regional development initiatives, exploring the resources in a given area, assessing opportunities, designing systemic solutions and supporting implementation. For this I will use the Scan-Screen-Implement methodology. All this will be done in cooperation with other BE minded people. Since I work within a consultancy group with thousands of engineers, architects and sustainability experts I also want to introduce the BE ideas to my colleagues and find ways to combine these ideas with their existing knowledge, bringing solutions that contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. I also plan to introduce Gunter´s Fables to different educational institutions and initiatives and support them in the use of the fables, spreading the way of thinking to the children growing up into future members of society.
I give lectures on Blue Economy for different groups, including business developers, business leaders,environmental managers and municipality officials. I am involved in Scan-Screen-Implement processes in cooperation with BE partners. We have also set up a national BE network, publishing the Blue Economy book in Sweden and areplanning on publishing Gunter´s Fables. We are also exploring channels to distribute the Fables. Furthermore I am working on a business plan for the use of BE in the consultancy where I work.2016
My involvement with BE started in the summer of 2013 when I first visited Pecs and met Gunter Pauli, Tibor Kiss and Peter Fodor. I was invited to speak about some of the sustainability focused projects I have been working on over the years here in the USA.
The latest summer event, BESS 2014 I was part of gave me a wider perspective, deeper understanding and better network connections. I am looking forward to continued collaboration, such as the creation of a rain garden and aquaponic systems at the University of Pecs during the next summer course in 2015. Since my return home I have been working on creating a collaborative Center for Excellence here in the Northwest. The partnership program will support and incubate BE projects and innovators of the region.
I came to the BE program well immersed in sustainability already in a wide range of ecosystem related fields. The most significant take-away for me was Gunter telling us: ‘not to teach, but reach” and the friendships and partnerships I now have with both the organizers and participants of BESS 2014. Expertise: Sustainable site and project management; stormwater management; restoration horticulture, permaculture; intense urban and small scale agriculture; aquaponics.2016
Blue Economy became my interest when Gunter Pauli hold his first lecture at the University of Pécs in 2010. I have started to research on this field and incorporated it into my MSC thesis. My dedication have not slackened, I volunteered organizing the first Blue Economy Summer School at Pécs in 2012. Ever since I am part of the organizing team and became a BE expert and a lecturer at this field. The summer school was a life-changing moment for me, transformed my everydays and my thoughts.
My intention is twofold. On one hand I am teaching Blue Economy course at the University of Pécs where discussions and project works are the main interest. Students are being inspired and informed of the ongoing projects around the World. The aim is to teach them think out of the box and observe problems with a different and more creative mindset. University of Pécs is having a long history researching BE thanks to Prof. Tibor Kiss and Peter Fodor. My PhD topic is based on linear modelling applied on Blue Economy enterprises. On the other hand my second aim is to start my BE related enterprise at Pécs. Details are in progress. Mainly I would like to represent a good example in the region and help others how to become successful.
I am experienced teaching BE principles and case studies, holding trainings, developing aquaponics, and teaching methodologies such as scan-creen-implement and input-output analysis.2017
I got involved in Blue Economy in 2010 when the University of Pécs, with the leadership of prof. Tibor Kiss has trasnlated the Blue Economy Book to Hungarian. At that time we have established a research group with the faculty colleagues in order to discover the Blue Economy potentials in our region. My first project was about the application of the mushroom production on coffee waste in Pécs. As the work went on with my private company we became the founding member of the Blue Economy Innnovation Clustrer in Pécs and started to involve more partners both from private and public sector. The innovation of the next year was the start of the Blue Economy Summer School where we aimed to become the academic center of Blue Economy education. And this was only the begining....
My approach contains two aspects. In my university work I influence my students towards a more value based, zero waste and Blue Economy thinking approach. I do it in joint modules with Tibor Kiss and Katalin Hartung, and also evoke discussions on courses like Management Controlling. On the other hand I direct my private company (MEVID plc.) towards a more sustainable business modell. In our Fordan Hotel we have bulit an aquaponic system, we use natural cleaning materials, bulit a solar energy and hot water plant.
BE principles and education, BE cases, aquapocics systems, coffee production on waste, sustainable hotel management systems.2017
“10 years , 100 Projects,100 million jobs created.” I was inspired by the book.Thus,I decided to start my journey to come to BESS. I should say it is best programe I’ve have, diversity classmates and great courses. My classmates are not only from around the world but also from different vocations and background, from entrepreneur, consultant, sale person ,teacher to young man like me. Courses are also very organized and diversity too. We are a lot of case studies and delegation for blue economy real cases.
In the future, I’ll focus on two parts. Education and start-up in Asia, started from my home town Taipei. I strongly believe education is root for every system. I want to let more people in Taiwan, even in Asia know what are problems in our environment nowadays, how should we face the climate change and food crisis. If more people take action for our environment, our earth will become much better.
I really benefit a lot from BESS. I not only makes friends who have common interest and passion to help our environment all over the world but also learn how to build eco-systems which can balance economy and environment in the local. The mindset to make positive impacts for our earth is important of all!2017
I’ve heard about Blue Economy during my studies at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics from Professor Tibor Kiss, and this new way of thinking aroused my interests. Later, Péter Fodor was talking about BESS to a student organisation I am a member of, and I’ve heard about BESS from previous participants too. BESS 2015 provided me the opportunity to learn about system thinking, systemic design, regional development and the principles of Blue Economy, and I also learnt about the way how they can be applied in practice. I could learn from experts and share ideas with other participants.
I am still a student at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics, and I would like to support the BESS organising team from the student side in arousing other students’ interests about Blue Economy. I am interested in regional development so I plan to take part in the implementation of a Blue Economy project around Pécs. I find it important to estimate local resources, to look for the opportunities accordingly and to make connections between businesses and their processes in order to create sustainable systems. I find the concept of Blue Economy important in the way it can transform existing business models into a more sustainable, resilient and environmental friendly model, and I plan to help businesses in this transformation process in the future.2017
Hayyu Widiatma Sakya
Muhammad Malik Akbar
In early 2015, my company investor introduced me to blue economy. Since then, I was searching for more information about blue economy, and I found that it’s an interesting way of thinking. As my investor suggested before, I decided to attend blue economy summer school. I gained new perspective of thinking, knowledge, experience, and friends from there.
Currently I’m running my own company Indonesia focusing in energy conservation sector. We organize energy conservation championship between elementary schools. In this championship we provide energy monitoring in each school, implementing energy conservation stickers, and educate the kids with fun games. The most efficient school will be awarded with City Major Trophy. In order to organize this program efficiently, we gather fund from corporate social responsibility and gather university student as a volunteer for educator, who will be influenced as well. Furthermore, we are planning to implement blue economy system to other sectors.
As I wrote above, I am leading my start-up company right now. My core competences are business development, system design, energy efficiency, and technology integration. For further information about what I am doing, kindly visit my company website www.adhmora.com.2017
I graduated with a master degree of industrial designer at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest) in 2007 and Design Manager (MA) in 2008. I won for 4 years the RED DOT DESIGN AWARD (www.red-dot.hu) the greatest design competition of the World, 3 Hungarian Design Awards and Best Diploma Award during my university years. I got a technician / technology graduation certificate before university years. I have been a finalist of several design contests.
I have patented inventions. With my firm we developed and produces more than 100,000 pieces of products for US, EU, and far East.
I'm a candidate in the PhD School of MOME (Doctoral School, Doctor of Liberal Arts, DLA). My PhD research topic is Sustainable Design. My plan is to create a sustainable design/planning metodology for industrial designers and product developers.
Social engagements: Britich Council Climate Embassador for two years, foundation member of university climate office network, Climate embassy guild member, member of Social Agricultural Cooperatives (Eco-island).
My greatest asset is system theory and ecological sustainable design approach, process management, concept design, design management.
Since 2015 I'm a BLUE ECONOMY EXPERT, which qualified the University of Pécs Blue Economy Summer School. I studied among others directly Gunter Pauli creator of the Blue Economy.
I'm a part-owner and managing director of CO&CO Designcommunication, a Brand builder and product developert design studio, the one of the greatest design studio in the East + Central -Europe.2017
I came across Prof. Gunter Pauli on a TEDx talk that I found fascinating and ingenious, and so I looked into it. Then in early 2015 Prof. Pauli came to Cyprus as a keynote speaker and we exchanged ideas whereby he mentioned the BESS. I felt that I needed to learn more, so I decided to partake in what turned out to be an extraordinary experience. I left BESS with a deeper understanding of the Blue Economy, practical experience on a real case study, and most importantly, dear friends - this wealth of knowledge and contact base is invaluable.
My focus is more on environmental projects that promote natural farming methods, as well as reversing desertification. My research has led me to believe that the most efficient and quickest way to reduce climate change due to human intervention is through reversing desertification. This has the potential to also create new economies, and millions of jobs, while also living in harmony with nature rather than using the resources. There are many practical examples worldwide of the benefits of reversing desertification; some include water capture, carbon sequestration, building top soil, job creation, changing climate patterns, wildlife habitat, potable water, and food. The goal is to provide a system that includes all the benefits including the ROI, and this is where the Blue Economy becomes an excellent tool as it mimics nature and is based on ethics and system dynamics; everything that is needed for such a concept. A practical example would follow to show proof of concept. As a BE expert, I also would like to take the knowledge into different parts of the world and starting projects there so that jobs may be created in a beneficial way to the environment with the payback of a healthy life-affirming lifestyle.
My background in Mechanical Engineering and product design was my first introduction into systems. I had to consider what would happen if I were to change this material, or that part – how would it affect the other parts. My interest then moved into alternative health, ranging from chiropractic (network spinal analysis) to biological medicine and heavy metal detoxification. Again, the holistic approach to wellbeing was the undertone to the discovery of human health and function. This is further repeated when we look at nature and its need for biodiversity and living soils.2017
I was first introduced to Gunter Pauli’s work at a ‘Lift’ conference in France back in 2009. I was inspired, but I didn’t really do anything more about it. Then in May 2015, Gunter was giving a talk in the Basque Country, and I managed to get an invitation; I only saw the end of the talk, and I said a few words to Gunter - and left with some friends to discuss the projects he had been talking about. I then returned home, and ordered his book ‘Upsizing’, I read it, and then applied for the BESS course.
The summer school has been an amazing experience. As well as giving an intense broad view of the key principles, and diving into some core projects (explained by experts), the course has also helped me realise that I have many of the skills already to start blue economy initiatives now; and that I am part of a community (greater than a network) of enthusiastic and open experts and individuals from all around the world - it is a very empowering feeling…
I plan to continue with three main strands. The first will be via my website (www.designcontext.org), where I will continue research - with others - in the fields of energy, economics, and systems. The second action will be in continuing projects in revalue manufacturing (remanufacturing/refurbishing/renovating), focused on industrial strategies for prolonging complex product life-cycles. And the third will be in developing concrete projects in the Blue Economy: working with local initiatives, and starting others: perhaps in local energy production and around food.
I have over 13 years experience in innovation across industrial fields, developing and leading concepts through to manufacturing. I have worked in developing new sustainable business strategies for a large cooperative, which involved a diverse cluster strategy around food and energy production. I can illustrate complex systems, to help collaborative understanding and project development, build and lead multi-disciplinary teams, and have experience engaging with key stakeholders at all levels.2017