This interactive group session will include an introduction to design thinking, an overview of the Rediscovery Centre’s social enterprise journey and a Q&A. The event will also be an opportunity to network with like-minded organisations.
Dr Sarah Miller is a qualified environmental scientist with a degree in biotechnology, a Masters in Business Administration and over 20 years’ experience in enterprise development.
Miller established the Rediscovery Centre as a small research and education centre in 2005. The Centre has now grown to develop four successful social enterprises -Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint, Rediscover Cycling and Rediscover Furniture.
Located in the re-purposed Ballymun Boiler House, the centre now operates under a strategic partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, as the National Centre for the Circular Economy.
During the clinic participants will get an insight into a number of successful funding models and other support services available for social enterprises.
Announcing the event, CEO of Tait House Community Enterprise said: “As Ireland moves towards the delivery of the Climate Action Plan, there is a growing focus on adopting Circular Economy principles and how we transition to low carbon, sustainable living. Having recently signing an MOU with the Re- discovery centre we are excited what the future will hold for this Partnership”.
“The Circular Economy Clinic will be a fantastic opportunity for participants to explore opportunities for social enterprise development and support. It will be of particular interest to anyone interested in developing new enterprises, or diversifying operations within an established organisation”, she added.
Dr Sarah Miller said: “The circular economy will play a key role in tackling climate breakdown as we prepare to meet the ambitious targets as outlined in the Climate Action Plan. We believe that social enterprises and sustainable Irish businesses have a key role to play in reaching those targets. We are encouraging social enterprises and community groups throughout Ireland to get in touch to see how we can work together on activities that will create a more sustainable, low-carbon future”.
The Limerick clinic on October 8th will include a ‘Discovery’ session identifying opportunities and exploring business ideas as the best entry point for your circular economy journey. After the group session, one to one meetings with Sarah will be available. These meetings can be booked once you have registered for the clinic.
About the Rediscovery Centre
The Rediscovery Centre is the National Centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland. A creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support greener low-carbon living.
As the National Centre for the Circular Economy, we bring together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftspeople united in a common purpose of sustainability. Located in a bespoke demonstration eco-facility, we support four reuse social enterprises; Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling. These businesses use unwanted materials for new product development and design demonstrating effective resource efficiency, reuse and low carbon living.
The Rediscovery Centre is an accredited Discover Primary Science and Maths centre. Our education team offer interactive and experiential workshops for primary, secondary, and third level students which cover wide ranging environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) topics. The Centre’s translational research activities support national waste prevention and climate action policy and advocate for a more resilient and equitable society.
The Rediscovery Centre is located in the repurposed Boiler House in Ballymun. The building has undergone a major green revamp and it is now a state-of-the-art facility with a focus on sustainability and reuse. It is perfect for meetings that require a unique setting and that have a focus on sustainability and the protection of the environment. The facilities in our centre are suitable for conferences, workshops, meetings, team building events and exhibitions.
The Rediscovery Centre is also home to a unique Eco Store located on the first floor. The Eco Store sells sustainably made products from over 20 independent Irish suppliers and from our own reuse social enterprises.