Reimagining Our Economy – Screening Woodlands Community

Thursday, 29 October, 2020 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Film screening and panel discussion – featuring “System Reset” a documentary which explores the story of change in our economy.

About this Event

Everything around us has been designed: the clothes we wear, the buildings we live and work in, and the systems that deliver our food.

However, today most things have been designed for a linear ‘take-make-waste’ model. In industries such as fashion and plastics packaging, products and systems are designed in such a way that more than 80% of material flows are destined for landfill, incineration or even leaked into natural environments.

However, imagine if we built an economic system built on abundance rather than scarcity. 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.

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Woodlands Climate Action Project, will host a film screening of “System Reset” a documentary (43 minutes) which explores this story of change in our economy. Shot in London, Amsterdam and Barcelona, this film first aired at the Disruptive Innovation Festival in 2018. It features some of the leading thinkers in materials, economics, the commons movement, FabLabs, digital citizenship, urban planning and architecture. This film offers you an opportunity to see them collectively weave a picture of how our economy could operate.

A panel will follow the online film viewing with a space for conversation and questions with local innovators working towards this same vision for the city of Glasgow.

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Petra Baiba Olehno of REPAIREL – a Glasgow-based startup social enterprise created to respond to the climate emergency and tackle fast-fashion by reducing the carbon footprint and human suffering caused by the footwear industry. REPAIREL’s first aim is to create the worlds first Shoe Repair Lab – a world-leading centre for circular economy in footwear. It would revolutionise the footwear industry through a combination of innovation and social impact and facilitate important and urgent research needed to innovate how the UK shoe recycling industry deals with footwear waste, along with R&D of new and affordable sustainably designed alternatives to fast-fashion footwear.

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Jon Dawes of Repair Café Glasgow a voluntary organisation, founded in 2017 on the principles of Repair Café International, and built upon the idea that our possessions have lots of life left in them when we maintain and repair them. It is becoming more and more apparent that our ‘throwaway’ society, fueled by over-consumption of cheap goods, is totally unsustainable. Repair Cafés are a hands-on way to learn how this attitude fails both people and the planet and to take practical steps to do something about it.

Ailie Rutherford of Swap Market. Ailie is an artist and activist. In 2015 she set up The People’s Bank of Govanhill, a community currency project that explores ways of putting feminist economics into practice at a local level. Their exchange hub Swap Market opened on Glasgow’s Southside in 2018 transforming a former pawn shop into a space for swapping and sharing resources without the need for money. Swap Market works as a skills and knowledge exchange, hosting workshop and events as well as facilitating the exchange of goods, traditions and cultures; a place to work together to find innovative solutions to everyday problems.



The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online platform which aims to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy. DIF is curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation working in Education & Training, Business & Government, Insight & Analysis, Systemic Initiatives and Communications to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

You can learn more about all things circular economy through the resources, videos and podcasts on their website:

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