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Rebuilding Communities Through Sustainable Jobs

15 Nov 2014

By Sat 15 Nov 2014June 10th, 2021CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Events

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Event Details



Green European Foundation, with the
support of Green Foundation Ireland, hosted:


Rebuilding Communities Through Sustainable Jobs


 Room 446,  DIT Bolton Street,  Dublin 1
(please use the King’s Inns Street entrance)

Saturday 15 November 2014


While admission was FREE to this event, registration was REQUIRED.
Please secure your place by clicking the “Book Here” button above.

Event Programme


SERIND, which stands for ‘Socio-Ecological Reindustrialisation’, was devised by Professor Andreas Novy of Vienna University of Economics and Business. There are seven Green Foundations from seven European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Spain) involved, led by Grünen Bildungswerkstatt in Austria and Oikos in Belgium. The SERIND project looks at the future of enterprise (social and commercial) and sustainable employment.

The Dublin SERIND Seminar addressed this by examining the trends in the manufacturing and the supply of goods and services from a sustainable ecological standpoint. It looked at new technologies that are shortening the supply chain, including manufacturing, which creates a more ‘circular’ economy and re-localises employment. Some examples (which were included in the Seminar) are:

3D Printers
These can now be used to manufacture components for all types of appliances, this will encourage more maintenance and repair and create many local skilled jobs.

Move to Leasing instead of Owning
Peugeot Motors have set up a ‘mobility’ company for moving people around, called MU Peugeot. Instead of always relying on a car that remains idle most of the time, you can use a bike, scooter, car or van, depending on your requirements.

Repair Cafés
This initiative started in the Netherlands and has since spread worldwide, including Ireland. People can bring appliances along to be repaired on a designated day, where skilled volunteers will carry out the repairs.

FabLabs and Makerspaces

Ballymun Rediscovery Centre
These are just a few of the many initiatives that are transforming the local economy. There are also food, urban agriculture and sustainable construction projects. All this will lead to a more circular economy encouraging upcycling, reuse and recycling. It would create sustainable indigenous jobs and reduce the dependence on Foreign Direct Investment.



During our lunch break at the Chocolate Factory
(which is adjacent to DIT), we had the opportunity to visit
the Repair Café that ran in parallel with our Seminar.

For more information about the Repair Café, please see here

Come and join the discussion!

Further updates on this event will appear on this page.

Our PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (last updated on 14 Nov 2014)
is available here.


Our other event partners included:
DIT / Docklands Innovation
Nessa Childers MEP

This event was financially supported by the European Parliament.