Description/achievement of initiative

Societal Innovation enabling Sustainable Development and a cross-sector eco-system transitioning to a Circular Economy. A modular scaleable platform supporting and connecting a network of ‘smart circular regions’ supporting the technical infrastructure to facilitate efficient community resource management. Supporting resource categories that include secondary material markets, transparent food systems, physical asset management, product-service network. Promoting the circular economy to enable regenerative communities and a wellbeing economy. Supporting Cities & Regions, organisations and networks, communities, initiatives and individuals while strengthening local economies, promoting regenerative agriculture, job creation, integration, collaboration, networked learning, open data and civic engagement. Enabling access to resources, inspiration, knowledge and technology. - Restoring reliable relationships - Creating new economic opportunities - Reduced waste of resources - Resolving economic, social and environmental issues.

Implementation methodologies

TEST: Piloting in two regions in the Nordics - testing bottom-up and top-down inputs and identifying a methodology to bridge the two. 1. Umeå, Sweden: Top-down public mandate to map the Circular Economy - at local and regional levels. - Inviting stakeholders to participate in the eco-system. 2. Oslo Region, Norway: Bottom-up - crowdsourcing circular initiatives, and starting with a concrete platform encouraging the private sector to focus on developing a secondary materials network prior to large scale mapping of initiatives. TRAIN: Implementation Methodologies and E-learning system with in-depth documentation of resources to spread the knowledge and best practice initiatives. Developing the collaboration of local communities sharing resources via shared documentation, webinars, and social media while providing access to the circular economy and supporting integration to bridge the digital divide. DEPLOY: A scalable platform with a multi-stakeholder partnership supported by a sustainable business model. SUPPORT: Supporting concrete practical regional action initiatives that create local impact socially, economically and environmentally. SCALE: Due to the transparent and collaborative nature of the network. The technology supports a low threshold for on-boarding of new communities.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The goal of the platform is to support capacity building on a granular level by connecting global networks to communities within a region, connecting the Networks of Networks. Supporting robust regions who work together to promote sustainable development via the Circular Economy. Beyond local impact, we provide the digital tools to report the data to both public authorities as well as research institutes to measure the impact socially, economically as well as environmentally. With a long term (2030) vision of providing technological solutions and a global network to help support the Sustainable Development Goals. A catalogue of online courses is in development to support a self learning network and community.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The development and implementation of network-level governance is an ongoing iterative process, alongside a coordinated project-level governance. TOOLS AND RESOURCES ARE APPLICABLE TO ANY CIRCULAR INITIATIVE SUPPORTING SYSTEMS ENTREPRENEURS TO ENABLE ECO-SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION. Identifying Value exchanges that result from two or more entities establishing a relationship and exchanging value. The value unit can be tangible (i.e. money, a service, a product) or intangible (information, data, reputation). Partnership methodologies supporting a distributed network with a shared intelligence Supported a network that is aligned by fundamental core values to share technology, inspiration, knowledge and data. Enabling researchers to measure the impact in local communities on a regional, national and global level.


Locals.Global, SmartUse AS, myTurn pbc., Circular Oslo, Nesoddliv, Impact Playground, Brox Consulting, ELVA Hållbart
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 3
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 10
Goal 11
Goal 12
Goal 13
Goal 14
Goal 15
Goal 17
Development of multiple rural and peri-urban and urban local food systems
Multi-stakeholder partnership methodology
Circular Oslo website
Circular Regions Platform
Dec 2016
Pilot project Nesoddliv, local web portal promoting an active and sustainable local life including the development of a local food distribution system, supporting harvest on demand, reducing food waste and food miles while boosting the local economy
January 2017
infographic “10 Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Open Food Network - to promote launch of official platform
Mid 2017
Social Media campaign 'Library of Things' - Tingenes Bibliotek (norwegian)
Mid 2017
Demo of platform supporting a network of 'Libraries of Things' - Tingenes Bibliotek (norwegian)
Mid 2017
Development of National Platform Lokalliv.no using collaborative documentation, open source knowledge and promoting sustainable projects and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
mid 2018
Infographic - Local Food Systems
mid 2018
Infographic - Libraries of Things
mid 2018
The Nordics first Libraries of Things - Nesodden, Norway "TingenesBibliotek"
Mid to late 2017
on-boarding and support of new communities
Financing (in USD)
400,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Leidang AS - web development, hosting and support. Complete in-house technical solution.
Staff / Technical expertise
Open Food Networks Scandinavia - platform system support
Other, please specify
Privately financed (D.W. Reynolds) supporting the staff, development and testing of the platform to date
Staff / Technical expertise
Smartbruk.com - platform system support & training

Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - ongoing
Locals.Global, SmartUse AS, myTurn pbc., Circular Oslo, Nesoddliv, Impact Playground, Brox Consulting, ELVA Hållbart
Contact information
Cynthia Reynolds, Founder, cynthia@circularregions.org
United Nations