Best of Earth911 Podcast: William Ulrich on Learning From Y2K To Design the Circular Economy

Best of Earth911 Podcast: William Ulrich on Learning From Y2K To Design the Circular Economy

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What do the response to local weather change and the Y2K computer bug — which required a whole bunch of 1000’s of know-how staff to spend a number of years fixing within the Nineteen Nineties to forestall catastrophic errors when the date turned over to Jan. 1, 2000 — have in widespread? Both are complicated issues that attain into each nook of our lives. Y2K confirmed people they’ll overcome enormous challenges utilizing self-organizing teams that span firms, nations, and plenty of languages. Meet William Ulrich, president of Tactical Strategy Group and co-founder and board member of the Business Architecture Guild, a worldwide, not-for-profit affiliation of enterprise professionals devoted to enabling technique execution and enterprise mannequin transformation. Bill labored extensively on the Y2K answer and has developed an method to creating sustainable, round companies primarily based on his many years of labor on the observe of enterprise structure.

William Ulrich, president of Tactical Strategy Group
William Ulrich, president of Tactical Strategy Group, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Bill wrote two papers that apply enterprise structure considering to create circular economies within the auto business. We discuss how these concepts may be utilized to “product-as-a-service” companies that take duty for the supplies used to construct, for instance, a automobile or smartphone, over many generations of merchandise. Bill emphasizes that endurance and transparency are essential to assist firms make satisfactory progress towards low- or no-carbon operations. The local weather disaster won’t be solved by silver-bullet options however broad transformation of our infrastructure and economic system. This requires disclosure of knowledge so that everybody, together with whole provide chains and the customers that depend on them, can be taught and enhance. If something, it may assist establish the unknowns that may upend our progress.

You can be taught extra about Bill at and listen to his Northstar Radio Show at

Originally aired January 30, 2023.