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Turning Old Stuff Into New Jobs: Creating Employment Through the Circular Economy

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World’s Biggest Garage Sale is proudly an impact venture (social enterprise), balancing the triple bottom line of people, planet and purpose. While activating the circular economy to provide positive benefit to the environment and people, we are also committed to creating jobs for vulnerable and marginalised members of our community. The circular economy is predicted to grow to a value of $4.5-trillion by the year 2030. The World Economic Forum has proposed a more circular industrial model could enhance the vitality of labour markets. Through our own pilot project in resource recovery, we are proving this model, creating local employment opportunities particularly in entry-level and semi-skilled jobs for vulnerable community members. This is particularly important in developed countries where employment in semi-skilled and skilled labour has been increasingly outsourced to other nations.  

 

In Australia and many other countries, the COVID-19 crisis has been met with a call for our country to become more self-reliant by boosting our shrinking manufacturing industry. This, along with record-breaking highs in unemployment, gives us the opportunity to transform the future of work through the circular economy. 

 

This session will explore how to create jobs out of ‘old stuff’ through a circular model making our economy more self-reliant via resources that already exist and upskilling local communities to provide much-needed employment. By growing a circular model we not only create jobs and wealth from waste, but we also save the environment and developing nations from the multitude of negative externalities associated with intensive resource extraction and production to meet our current consumption behaviours. We will discuss some of these benefits in relation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

Confirmed Panelists

Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale 

Unconfirmed Panelists

Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur 

Luke Terry, Co-founder and CEO, White Box Enterprises 

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4 comments

  1. I love this session idea. It’s more important than ever that we find new and innovative ways to repair and enhance our economy while preserving Earth’s finite resources.

  2. This is brilliant – creating “jobs out of ‘old stuff’ through a circular model making our economy more self-reliant via resources that already exist and upskilling local communities to provide much-needed employment.”

    Exactly what will be needed to transition to a circular economy – triple bottom line will be critical.

  3. This is an awesome idea! The Circular Economy is the future of our world and our jobs. Localising jobs and activating the community to get involved and learn about reducing environmental impact from spaces like these will ensure continuity of jobs and global impact on a local scale. And to be doing it with the purpose of creating opportunity and up-skilling vulnerable and differently abled members of our community, just takes it to the next level! Love it!

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