Live Broadcast: Cape Town

Stop Reset Go and Institute of Future Living are launching three permanent, year-round circular programs at this year’s OSCE Days. Watch these live streamed videos are of the presentations and idea jams held at the event.

OSCE Days Intro & Thinking Out the Box

Introduction to OSCE Days and the role of citizens in rapid whole system change

  • What is Open Source?
  • What is Circular Economy?
  • What is Local Economy?
  • The Economy of Artificial Scarcity
  • Planetary boundaries and local actions
  • The convergence of Open Source and Circular Economy at OSCE Days
  • A global design platform for innovation: collaborating on Open Source challenges
  • The Stop Reset Go model: OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons
  • The IFL model


Building and just and circular Cape Town, using an open data and open source approach to implementing Industrial Symbiosis across the city

  • Why do we need a circular economy
  • Circular Economy
  • Artificial Scarcity
  • The power of Open Source, Circular and Local Economy
  • Multiscale analysis
  • Urban Metabolism
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Examples from around the world
  • Urban metabolism in SA
  • Building Global Digital Collaboration Software  for the Commons
  • Industrial Symbiosis in the city
  • Repair and maintenance opportunities
  • Remanufacturing opportunities
  • Is a zero packaging society possible?
  • Open data and building a database of material inputs and outputs
  • Growing food in the city and in peri-urban areas
  • An Open Source project to map out energy and material flows in cities to optimize and circularize energy production, waste treatment, food production, species preservation and general economic, social and psychological wellness
  • Knowledge sharing – global calls to other groups around the world

Digital Currencies

The impact of digital currencies on local economies

  • Digital value exchange systems as a way to increase trade in local communities
  • Community Way – a way to use simple digital currency to stimulate local money flow and unlock human resources in the community
  • Using Open Money to increase local business and do good in the community at the same time


Circular techniques to address the shack problem

  • Can we redesign segregation out of urban planning in South Africa?
  • Forest cities – a solution for Africa?
  • Transitioning marginalized communities to vibrant Open Source Circular Local Economies (OSCLE)
  • Human capital instead of monetary capital dependent alternative economies
  • Can we redesign segregation out of urban planning in South Africa?
  • Bringing together elements of an OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons strategy for uplifting the Base-of-Pyramid
  • Preventing disaster and developing resiliency in the critical ocean tropical zones – the case of approaching the wet bulb temperature
  • Transitioning marginalized communities to vibrant Open Source Circular Local Economies (OSCLE)
  • Networking embedded shack dweller activists around the world to create a new collaborative Bottom up development network
  • Leveraging human capital instead of monetary capital – the argument for local value exchange systems in marginalized communities
  • Knowledge sharing – global calls to other groups around the world


Looking at innovative technologies and methods to create an off grid, circular ecohome. All successful designs open sourced and candidate for local manufacturing

  • The Big Picture
  • The Web Video Series
  • The Plan
  • The Team
  • The Technologies:
    • Mycelium insulation
    • Rocket stove fireplace and oven
    • Compressed air velum battery and compressed air home loads
    • Multi-modal energy appliances such as solar /rocket stove / methane powered oven, compressed air/ direct mechanical drive powered washing machine
    • Various types of home-scale wind turbines including vertical and compression
    • Direct rotational energy drive to mechanically power washing machine, shop equipment, shop tools, kitchen equipment
    • Building our own fresnel-lens sun tracking, solar powered, small-scale glass manufacturing plant to supply our own low cost, circular double-pane insulated glass and glass bricks
    • Passive cooling via: earthtubes, indoor water evaporative cooling, natural convection cooling
    • Underground soil thermal insulation battery via foam insulation separators
    • Low footprint bamboo wall separator systems
    • Modular, reusable furniture
    • Building with rammed Earth, hempcrete and CNC routed wood cartridges (this last one for super fast construction)
    • Japanese-style timber joinery for no screws, nails or brackets
    • Water used for 1)thermal mass and winter heat storage as well as 2) potable water
    • Water harvesting through 1) rain collection tank, 2) underground condensation waterpipes, 3) fognets, 4) inverted fountain for water table hydrostatic pressure
    • Jason’s Waterloop and Showerloop technology to reduce shower, washing machine water use by 90%
    • Low cost summer district heating roof panels for winter home heating
    • Biomimetic air exchanger to provide air circulation without exhausting indoor heat during winter
    • Custom CNC-designed modular furniture
    • Off-grid for water, waste, power, food
    • Circular construction and cradle-to-grave analysis
    • Eco-cement (with potential paper fibre for increasing insulation qualities)
    • Net carbon positive home
    • Accompanying compressed air car or electric battery Velo car – designed for 1000 Km/20Rand charge of electricity
    • Biodigester waste treatment with blackwater loop and limited artificial wetlands
    • Intelligently designed greenhouse for passive solar gain and zone 1 permaculture, closed loop aquaponic system
    • Dwarf fruit and nut trees with low water saving tree technology
    • Indoor food forest
    • Kitchen low grade heat capture system for biodigester
    • Efficient thermally insulated stove design
    • Fresnel lense tracking solar cooking option

Circular Design Challenges

A session sharing problems that need circular solutions

Live Recording starts at 10 AM on 13 June

Some ideas we will be exploring are:

Citizen Driven
Open Society

Do the Commons have an important role to play in driving rapid whole system change?

Live Recording starts at 1 PM on 13 June

We will be imagining what a completely holistic circular economy would look like, including circular economics, allowing money to flow in local loops for everyone’s benefit, instead of getting stuck in large piles of a few bank accounts.

Building a systems Well Being platform using Kumu Mapping software and Insightmaker  Causal Loop and System Simulation Software to build a digital collaboration platform with these elements:

  • wellbeing economy framework
  • system thinking vs non-system thinking (outside-the-box vs inside-the-box solutions)
  • planetary boundaries
  • global design commons
  • leverage and social tipping points
  • social map
  • digital value tracking
  • Stop, Reset, Go transition strategy

We will outline a framework that Stop Reset Go has been developing called an OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons, where OSCLE means Open Source, Circular, Local Economy as a working framework to jam on.