25 June 2021 | Reading 2 mins.

Circular Perspectives for Linear Mindsets: four innovative thinkers around the globe

Photo: Lucas George Wendt, Unsplash

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Ashish Kothari
Coordinator, Alternatives, at Kalpavriksh
Doryn Negesa
PhD Researcher
Kyle Ritchie
Founder of the Circular Economy Studio and the Education Sustainable Design Lead for Cannon Design in Chicago
Walter Stahel
Swiss architect and author of The Performance Economy

Ashish Kothari, Coordinator, Alternatives, at Kalpavriksh

Doryn Negesa, PhD Researcher

Kyle Ritchie, Founder of the Circular Economy Studio and the Education Sustainable Design Lead for Cannon Design in Chicago

Walter Stahel, Swiss architect and author of The Performance Economy

How did linear thinking succeed in dominating our mental infrastructure? What can be done to change the linear mind-set of corporate and political leaders, and what should consumers do if they want to move away from linear products, culture and lifestyles? REVOLVE Circular spoke with four innovative thinkers to find out.

Ashish Kothari is the creator and main proponent of the concept of Ecological Swaraj in India, also called Radical Ecological Democracy. In our interview, Ashish Kothari particularly points out the pluriverse of alternatives to ‘development’ that are either part of ancient systems of living in harmony with the earth, or new innovations including from within industrialized, Western societies.
Read Ashish Kothari’s interview

Doryn Negesa is a Ugandan Doctoral Researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Her focus is on the sustainable development of eco-industrial parks in Africa. She believes that sustainability and a circular economy are the key to redefining Africa’s economic development.
Read Doryn Negesa’s interview

Kyle Ritchie is the Founder of the Circular Economy Studio and the Education Sustainable Design Lead for Cannon Design in Chicago; he is best known for his new book Circular Economy for Dummies to be published in April 2021.
Read Kyle Ritchie’s interview

Walter R. Stahel is a Swiss architect and author of The Performance Economy; he has been influential in developing the field of sustainability, by advocating ‘service-life extension of goods – reuse, repair, remanufacture, upgrade technologically’ philosophies as they apply to industrialized economies.