The new economy – what is needed to achieve this?

Thursday 23 March from 20:00 to 22:00 a fascinating episode of ‘Denkcafé Arminius’ will take place in Rotterdam the Netherlands around the book Material Matters.
The new economy-what is needed to achieve this?

As consumers give up ownership and companies bear the consequences of their choices, they will produce more responsibly. Materials should get a passport and even rights, so the re-use is facilitated. These are three radical proposals by Thomas Rau and Sabine Oberhuber from their book Material Matters, which is a totally different way of dealing with the economy. The book is on the long list for management book of the year 2017. Rau put these ideas in 2015 in the VPRO programme Tegenlicht. How viable is this vision in practice? What is needed in order to achieve this?

Thomas Rau is the most radical building master of the Netherlands. He designs buildings that produce energy instead of consume. In 2016, Rau was nominated for the Circular Leadership Award by the World Economic Forum and he was number two on the Top-100 of 2016 of faithfulness.

Sabine Oberhuber founded together with Thomas Rau the first on the circular economy specialized enterprise of the Netherlands; Turntoo. Oberhuber partners with organizations to develop circular business cases and strategies and facilitates thereby the transition to a circular economy.

Jan Peter Balkenende was Prime Minister of Netherlands from 22 July 2002 to 14 October 2010 . Since 2010 he is Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Balkenende is as senior external advisor associated with Ernst & Young.. He is also President of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, an Alliance of eight multinational companies that promote sustainable growth.

Hans Stegeman was until January 2017 Netherlands Chief Economist of Rabobank. Since February he is working at Triodos Investment Management. In addition he writes to a thesis on the macro-economy of the circular economy at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He brings a different story on circular economy.

Discussion leader: Geert Maarse

Denkcafé Arminius will take place at:
Debatcentrum Arminius
Museumpark 3, Rotterdam

Tickets ad EUR 6.00 can be ordered via the site of Arminius.

Tags: Arminius, circular economy, Erasmus, Hans Stegeman, Jan Peter Balkenende, Material Passport, Thomas Rau