Towards the city of tomorrow – CEC Global DIF Viewing

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online platform curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy. As part of an initiative with 30 screenings happening around the globe. On the 22.11  the Berlin event took place which brought together experts and supporters of the circular economy.

We want to share with you the story and overview how it was.

DIF 2018, all over the Globe!

Between 6th-23rd of November this year, DIF 2018 took place. The biggest event dedicated to the different topics in the Circular Economy! If you had a chance to follow it, you probably came across a lot of inspiring conversations about the system change, future of cities, new business models and innovations around the circular economy.

With the help Circular Economy Club (CEC) and local Berlin Circular Economy ambassadors, we organized the local viewing event with the very inspiring panel discussion on the topic of Future of Cities.

Different faces of the urban development

The local Berlin version was organized by C.UBI, an initiative that proposes a preliminary framework to finance a universal basic income (UBI) within the context of the circular economy; and by Circular Berlin; and hosted by Berlin Impact Hub.

Together with our guests Beate Albert, from Smart Cities cluster at Berlin Partner for Economy and Technology and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Susanne Rotter, from TU Berlin Chair of Circular Economy and Recycling Technology we tried to answer the questions: what new types of growth do we aspire our cities to have – in terms of economy, well-being, social connections, and local resilience?

From FAB City untill Urban Green production

The viewing itself started with the overview of the inspiring concept of Fab City and what means to have a self-sustaining producing city. Taking advantage of the latest digital tools, computational power, material science, biomimicry, and a somewhat older idea – the commons – this new system could have the power to transform how we live and work. The documentary introduces the new vision of the future system development, which combines approaches from materials, economics, the commons movement, FabLabs, digital citizenship, urban planning, and architecture.

The second movie is focusing on local food production in the city and how it can empower deprived social classes. It was a story of “Saladorama” a social business that provides healthy and accessible food for many in Brazilian ‘favelas’.

We also had a chance to learn more about Universal Basic Income (UBI), in the interview Peter McColl and Almaz Zelleke. I think the topic of UBI still remains very questionable in the context of modern economic development. It indeed may have controversial macroeconomic effects. This interview reflects positive UBI’s sides and it might be interesting to learn this perspective.


I hope you will enjoy the movie selection and rediscover the concepts for you as we did it!

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