RSD9 Speakers

Bringing human-centred design to complex, multi-stakeholder service systems.

Vandana Shiva

Keynote: Systems design for the well-being of the Earth community. MON.12 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST.

Moderators: Praveen Nahar & Peter Jones.

Jonathan Romm, Palak Dudani, and Shivani Prakash

Plenary: The Characteristics and Use of Conversations in Ecosystemic Service Design. TUES.13 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Prasad Modak

Plenary: Circularity, Systems Thinking and Sustainability. TUES.13 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Giulio Quaggiotto

Keynote: No silver bullets. How UNDP learned to embrace system thinking. WED.14 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Arvind Venkataramani & Adam Menter

Plenary: Integrating Selves and Systems through Ritual. THURS.15 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Pupul Bisht

Plenary: Decolonizing Futures. THURS.15 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Marie Davidová & Kateřina Zímová

Plenary: COLreg: The Collective Regenerative Region. FRI.16 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Peter Jones

Plenary: Redesigning Our Theories of Theories of Change. FRI.16 | 5:30 PM (17:30) IST

Harold G. Nelson

Keynote: Regaining a new sense of well-being by design. FRI.16 | 8:30 PM (20:30) IST

Prasad Modak

Prasad Modak

Circularity, Systems Thinking and Sustainability

Is the concept of Circular Economy (CE) old wine in a new bottle? Is the canvas of CE really understood?

Indeed, Circularity provides a great opportunity for meaningful and creative systems thinking. CE stimulates innovation and generates ideas that can be disruptive. But do disruptive ideas support sustainability?

This presentation will make arguments towards the need to consider circularity in the context of sustainability. It will raise questions whether circularity, while desirable, is achievable. While technology, materials and design can change, influencing our lifestyles and vocations can be challenging.

Is circularity – the Future we want? There are perhaps more questions to answer and there are no easy solutions.

Prasad Modak

Dr Prasad Modak holds B Tech (Civil Engg), M Tech (Environmental Science and Engg) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Doctor of Engg (Environmental Engg) from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.

Dr Modak was a Professor at Centre for Environmental Science & Engineering at IIT Bombay (1984-1994) and later as Professor (Adjunct) at the Center for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas (CTARA) (2009-2017). He is currently the Executive President of Environmental Management Centre LLP and Director of Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation.

Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. These include the World Bank, IFC, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP etc and intergovernmental organizations such as the Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo. Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak’s advice is sought by Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam.

Dr Modak was founder President of Society for Indoor Environment between 2016-2019. He is currently a member of Indian Resources Panel at MoEFCC and Member of Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement at the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Dr Modak has published several books on environmental management. His book on EIA for Developing Countries was published by UN University (1999) and reprinted by Oxford University Press (2005). Later, this book was translated into Chinese and Japanese. His latest book “Environmental Management Towards Sustainability” was released in December 2017 with CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group.

Dr Modak has been blogging regularly over the past four years and many of his blogs have been published as books.