Chris Oestereich, zero waste, circular economy, sgs, full circle filament, linear to circular, wicked problems collaborative

Chris helps communities and organizations shift towards the circular economy. He’s also a writer, publisher, and the director of the ASEAN Social Innovation Review, the publishing unit at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies where he lectures on topics related to sustainability, social innovation, social enterprise, and advocacy.


Full Circle Filament

Chris is currently launching a social enterprise, Full Circle Filament, that will work with informal waste collectors to source plastic bottles from waste to create 3D printing filament out of recycled plastic. The project is a partnership with the inclusive business unit at Covestro, Endeva, and Filabot.


Circular Economy & Zero Waste

Chris formerly worked for Albertsons and SuperValu, a nation-wide network of grocery chains, where he designed and implemented zero-waste programs which successfully diverted or avoided over 90% of the waste from over 200 grocery stores and 15 distribution centers. His zero-waste work created millions of dollars in benefits in reduced waste hauling costs and increased recycling revenues for the firm’s bottom-line. He’s now co-leading the Circular Design Lab, an effort that’s creating a framework for sustainable design.

L2C

Chris helps firms analyze their waste streams and designs and initiates programs tailored to create similar financial and environmental benefits through his firm, Linear to Circular and he is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Pledge on Food Waste, a certification program that helps hospitality organizations reduce their food waste and validate the gains. He has also written a number of case studies for the United Nations aimed at helping countries, firms, and other organizations accelerate their learning and progress on the SDGs, and he’s currently assisting Endeva with research on youth-led social enterprises in difficult contexts (including places with little or no support, as well as individuals who are less likely to receive support that’s available for a variety of reasons), to help guide future efforts in the region to help enable broad support for all young social entrepreneurs. The related reports will be released in late 2019.


Writing

Chris is the publisher of the Wicked Problems Collaborative, an independent press that focuses on humanity’s biggest challenges. Through that platform, he  published an anthology on inequality “What Do We Do About Inequality?” and he’s currently finishing up the final installment of a book on Brexit (Parts I and II are out now) that takes a close look at the challenges for the UK in leaving the EU on their current path.

(Writing samples are available at the bottom of this page.)

Around the Web

Chris’ writing interests run the gamut of major social and environmental issues known as wicked problems, including the ways in which businesses interact with and impact systems, in looking to foster more just and sustainable societies. He has written for a variety of publications, including The RSA, The Week, Social Space, and the Harvard Business Review, as well as sustainability-focused outlets like CSR Asia, Sustainable Brands, the Inclusive Business Hub, CSRwire, and Triple Pundit. He also formerly wrote a regular column for SALT Magazine on integrating purpose in business.


Teaching

Chris is a faculty member at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies where he’s the Director of the school’s publications unit. He launched the ASEAN Social Innovation Review, which is creating academic case studies around social innovation and social enterprise in the ASEAN context. Chris teaches courses related to sustainability and social innovation and he collaborates on a variety of related events aimed at building community and launching projects that aim to move the needle in a positive direction.


Affiliations

Chris is a Fellow and Global Ambassador of The Royal Society of Arts, and he’s a mentor for the Circular Economy Club. He has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University.


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Books

The Challenge of Inequality – What Do We Do About Inequality? (Wicked Problems Collaborative)
The Dangers of BrexitThe Dividing Kingdom (Wicked Problems Collaborative)
The Possibility of Basic Incomes – It’s Basic Income: An Economic Shock Absorber (Policy Press)

Essays and Whatnot

The Dangers of BrexitBoris Johnson has Britain barreling toward a disastrous no-deal Brexit
The Dangers of BrexitThe U.K. has 2 very bad choices for the next prime minister
The Dangers of BrexitBoris is Unfit
The Dangers of BrexitBrexit is a huge mistake. It’s not too late to stop it

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Circular Design Lab – Fostering Communities for Bottom-Up Change
Circular Design Lab – Planting a Seed of Community
The Future of Work – Put Your Dreams Away for Now?
Our Treatment of Refugees – The Humble Abode Games
Supporting Social Innovations – Fostering a Social Innovation Community

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Circular Economy is Good Business – Don’t let regulation turn your business into a Rube Goldberg machine 

Parts Elsewhere

The Sufficiency Economy (The Nation) Let’s honour the late King by committing to the Sufficiency Economy
Intrapreneurship (Sustainable Brands) Unleash the Radical Intrapreneurs!
Purpose and Engagement (Sustainable Brands) How to Find Lasting Motivation and Engagement at Work
Zero Waste (Practitioner’s Hub): Waste is Not a Thing That’s Made, But a Thing That’s Done 
Inclusive Business (CSR Asia): Inclusive Business – Is it About Cutting Out the Middleman?
Challenging Your Beliefs (SALT Magazine): How to Create a Healthier Planet: Be Willing to Be Wrong
Questioning Tech (Social Space) Is It Time To Curb The Tech Bandwagon?
Re-envisioning Schools (Social Space) New school: Can we rethink education for an inclusive future?