Circular Loops - Enabling solutions for social enterprises to ‘go circular’ (EN)

This course has been designed for managers of social enterprises to answer their individual learning needs and to support them in the transition toward more sustainable business models and economic practices. The use of a gamification strategy facilitates the learning process, increasing the engagement of trainees, and thus making room for real and effective changes in social enterprises. The course will address the main topics to ‘go circular’: circular economy, sustainability, entrepreneurship, social business planning, and saving resources.

Total duration: 35h
Synchronous – 13h A
synchronous – 22h

I. Introduction to the course
II. Introduction to sustainability
III. Circular economy
IV. Act for change

Who should attend?
Managers of social enterprises Trainers, mentors, business advisors, adult educators, and professionals from organisations working in the field of entrepreneurship development

Training modality
E-learning and self-study

Certificate of completion

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  • Module 1
  • Introduction to the Circular Loops Course
  • C. Watch: Circular Loops FAQ
  • Initial test
  • My motivation
  • MODULE 2 - Introduction to sustainability
  • Sustainability in the political agenda
  • A. Exercise 1 - Sustainability in your country
  • B. 2030 agenda - People. Planet. Prosperity
  • B. Exercise 2 - Why are the SDGs relevant to society?
  • B. Exercise 3 - Watch the SDG Goals Report 2021
  • C. Sustainability in Business
  • C. Quiz
  • Glossary
  • Final Questionnaire
  • Comparison between linear, sustainable and circular models
  • A. Quiz "Comparison between linear, recycling and circular economy"
  • B. Infographic EU Green deal - Circular economy
  • B. Circular Economy Action Plan 2020. International aspects
  • B. Exercise - Identify the stakeholders
  • C. Watch: Explaining the Circular Economy
  • C. Watch: Triple bottom line - sustainability in business
  • C. Available funding opportunities in the EU
  • C. Exercise 2 - Examples of companies
  • Glossary
  • Final Questionnaire
  • A. Interactive Map
  • A. Exercise (Interactive map)
  • A. Inspirational practice chart
  • A. Exercise (Inspirational chart)
  • B.1 Module methodology
  • B.1.1 Golden Circle video
  • B.1.2 Instrument Golden Circle
  • B.1.3 Draw a toast video
  • B. 1.4 Develop you Business Model Canvas
  • B.1.5 Draw your organization
  • B.1.6 Business Model Canvas
  • B.2 Identify what can be done to the Products and Services
  • 8Rs
  • B.2.2 Products and services diagram tree
  • B.2.3 8Rs principles - instrument
  • B.3 Engage your office with circular economy
  • B.3.1 Circular office workshop – invitation email
  • B.3.2 Speed ideas - instrument
  • B.3.3 How, Now, Wow matrix - instrument
  • B.3.4 What? Who? Why? Where? When? How? Now? Matrix - instrument
  • B.4 Create local synergies
  • B.4.1 Existing stakeholders list - instrument
  • B.4.2 Searching for new stakehoders - instrument
  • B.4.3 Stakeholders map - instrument
  • B.5 Action time!
  • B.5.1 Priority definition - instrument
  • B.5.2 Gantt
  • B.5.3 Solution evaluation - instrument
  • B.5.4 Follow up - instrument
  • B.5.5 Challenge
Regras para conclusão
  • Todas as unidades precisam ser concluídas
  • Resulta num certificado com a duração de: Para sempre