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

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 expertise employees to spend a number of years fixing within the Nineties to stop 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 will overcome big challenges utilizing self-organizing teams that span firms, nations, and lots 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 based mostly on his a long time of labor on the apply 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 could be utilized to “product-as-a-service” companies that take duty for the supplies used to construct, for instance, a automotive or smartphone, over many generations of merchandise. Bill emphasizes that persistence and transparency are needed to assist firms make enough progress towards low- or no-carbon operations. The local weather disaster is not going to be solved by silver-bullet options however broad transformation of our infrastructure and financial system. This requires disclosure of data so that everybody, together with total provide chains and the shoppers that depend on them, can be taught and enhance. If something, it might probably 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