Panel Discussion: Creating Sharing & Circular Economy

Dear one,

Yesterday I shared about Share & Regenerate project. I wish to share on a Panel Discussion we had on the 29th June 2019 during a mini gathering yet having significant guests from 4 different industries to share.

A recap: We wanted to create a sharing community with open source resources online and sharing hub offline in each neighbourhood. The first step was to gather people of interest to co-create such community. We had the first Share & Regen mini fest on the 29th June 2019.

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We had 4 panelists:

  • Eric Lim from SOHOland on Fractional Ownership;
  • Beverly Lim from Qu Exchange on sharing platform for SMEs (small and medium enterprises);
  • Alan Cheah from GoCar on car sharing platform; and
  • Jacqueline Chang from Circular Economy Club (Kuala Lumpur).
  • With me, the social artist as the moderator.

Here is the flow, starting from

The introduction:

We have representatives from sharing platforms on transportation, on co-owned property, on SMEs business products and services, and on circular economy. How can we create sharing community with these sharing platforms in a regenerative way, shifting from linear economy (take-make-use-dispose) to circular economy (design-make-use-reuse-recycle-remanufacture)?

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  1. ERIC LIM – SOHOland: Sharing economy advocator of SOHOMINIUM (Small-Office-Home-Office in Condominium) concept in Kuala Lumpur. Heading towards the Sharing Economy / Collaborative Consumption / Solidarity Economy based on the Triple Bottom Line approach, paying equal emphasis to Profit / People / Planet on a sustainable basis, financially, socially and environmentally.

SOHOland – Specializes in “place-making” such as business center, co-working space, co-housing etc. It is a jointly owned (Collaborative) property utilized as a “Secondary Home” for Live-Work-Travel-Learn-Play (LW-T-LP) lifestyle. http://soholand-collaborative.com/

2. Beverly Lim – Qu Exchange: Having co-founded Qu Exchange, she believes in helping SMEs since they form a large majority of businesses globally. Beverly met her two other co-founders, who shared similar views during an internship, and that was where the journey to create this platform started. Beverly’s vision is to make Qu a global exchange for SME businesses.

Qu Exchange – An SME Sharing Economy Exchange where it gives SMEs the option to finance without the use of cash in order to aid their cash flow difficulties. . Qu Exchange is a marketplace that facilitates the trade of products & services among MSMEs and individuals using Qu Point as payment. https://www.qu-exchange.com/

 

3. Alan Cheah – GoCar Malaysia: The Chief Executive Officer at GoCar Malaysia, an on-demand car sharing platform with over 350 locations across 7 states in Malaysia, and recently the Chief Executive Officer at GoEVcharger, an E-Mobility Operator (EMO) to provide and operate the charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV).

GoCar Malaysia- An on-demand car sharing platform that allows you to book a car by the hour or day via the GoCar app. As an alternative to car ownership, we are on a journey to transform the way we think about transportation to make Malaysia greener and smarter. GoCar was established in 2015 on two simple notions — to provide flexibility to book a car and make owning a car as an option in Malaysia. http://hi.gocar.my/

 

4. Jacqueline Chang – Circular Economy Club (Country Representative): Manage the circular economy community in Kuala Lumpur and host activities to connect professionals working on the field and share best practices as a CEC Local Organiser.

Circular Economy Club CEC – the international network of over 3000+ circular economy professionals and  organisations from over 100 countries. It is non-profit, global and open. CEC’s mission is to bring circular economy to every corner of the world to share information, develop relationships  and collaborate to have a bigger impact globally. https://www.circulareconomyclub.com/groups/circular-economy-club-cec-kuala-lumpur/

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What Works Well: Summary

The global trend on sharing platforms and tools such as Airbnb, Grab and Uber created opportunities to rise for sharing platforms such as GoCar, SOHOland, Qu Exchange. Along with the rising awareness on climate change, No Straws No Plastics campaign created the need to turn trash into valuables (circular loop).

What are the main challenges:

Besides the normal challenges on the business side is the mindset of the community. These platforms took years to share and educate the related parties to take the necessary steps. Advocators and influential helps to spread the message, group effort with a focus group might be a solution to move forward for example TTDI area with community garden where the neighbourhood grow their own food, sell food to nearby restaurant, with compost recycled to the garden (an example of close loop).

Advice to the individual & collective:

With one person can change the world. On personal effort, by just composting your own food will help the environment collectively. Meanwhile, be grateful from within, to the people around you, to the guards who helped you, to every opportunity. When we focus on the opportunity, opportunity will present itself.

I personally takeaway a lot of good vibes, persistent energy, and notes from these wonderful panelists. Looking forward to talk about the strategy part to make things happen and better!
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Coming up, will be sharing the Skillshare session on Social initiatives and Ecology initiatives from many representative in the mini fest.


 

#REPOST “RECHARGE. REGENERATE.” by Michelle Jueney

Panel discussion

I had the best time yesterday attending a ‘Speaker’s Sharing’ by 4 BRILLIANT Personalities. Thank you Vic Qi Pan for creating the session. I felt the 4 chosen Speakers applied products to me personally and the problems I face in life. It was extremely relatable, user-friendly and problem solving.

1. Substance 2. Concept 3. Product 4. Benefit 5. Sharing

Speaker 1 – Mr. Eric Lim, Owner of SOHOLAND
• Fraction Ownership – Who can afford a home these days? Be realistic! Unlike FinTech, ‘Fraction Ownership’ allows you and multiple buyers to own the space, receive investment benefits AND share/use the space. Usually only multiple investors can buy a property but not use or share it.
NOW YOU CAN!
https://exsqo.com/third-choice-soholand/

Speaker 2 – Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative of Circular Economy Club Malaysia
• Circular not Linear Recycling. The difference?
Profits, bridging extreme age gaps in communities, creating an economy for the country, benefiting back to the people in health, mental and environmental benefits PLUS creating job opportunities! Circular Economy DOES! With research on numbers and expenditure reported by Hannah Yeoh (Minister of Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change), explanation of processes, local plus international case studies, it was inspirational and beneficial to the community on every level. Everyone needs to start thinking and adopting CIRCULAR ECONOMY. A full-scholarship law degree recipient and Bar UK, academic award-winning scholar, Jacqueline has worked in legal, SMEs, Consulting, International and Local Relations, Project Managing on Global Scale, endless list actually and she is also MY SISTER! I AM SO PROUD OF HER! 🎉🎉🎉Applause please 😄😄😄💗💗💗 Check out Urban Hijau. Contact Azlan Mohd
https://www.circulareconomyclub.com

Speaker 3 – Beverly Lim of Qu-Exchange (pronounced Chi)
• Barter on calculated valued system. Who has big cash?
Remember back in the day, people bartered chicken, flour and so forth. WHO HAS BIG LOADED CASH IN HAND? YOUTH? NO ONE! Qu-Exchange provides BARTER on a bigger scale. You can now exchange your products to create, set-up your business and in order to get going you can exchange products for what you need and don’t stop there. Not everyone has bulks of cash in hand to purchase products and supplies. Be realistic! In a calculated valued system, the value of your prodcuct is measured for the exchange of products you need.
www.qu-exchange.com

Speaker 4 – Alan Cheah, CEO of GoCar Malaysia.
• Car Sharing at Affordable Prices and Multiple Points.
Who wants to afford a car / commit to long-term billS?
Unlike renting a car, GoCar or CarSharing has been established long before SOCAR came into the scene. However, as expected, irresponsible and ‘tidak apa’ attitude Malaysians including hygiene levels, the company faced car returns in bad conditions which gave birth to the point and reward system that the team had to create. As how you return the car, you may be renting back the same car next. Essentially, the car is yours when you have it. The concept is brilliant at only RM6.90 an hour, for those that can’t afford to own a car and do not want liabilities, short-term usage, inaccessible public transportations, out of town trips, your car is too old to drive and you can’t afford a new one with a snap of your fingers, no money to currently fix the current one and what is different? 300 multiple pick-up and drop-of points in all of Malaysia unlike car rentals where you have to drive back to the main office you rented. You can CHANGE and SWITCH cars. One day you own a Nissan, the next a Renault. Now everyone can drive yes?
www.gocar.my

Think about it. These 4 products are brilliant future solutions. Carefully selected and picked, they were so applicable to NOW and the future. These are rounded solutions. I felt very lucky to have met these people and to know that these products actually existed because I never did before. More brains like these are needed for the future. Real Substance. Real Beneficial Products. Real Problem Solving Solutions that addresses the needs and problems that people are FACING NOW! WE ALL DO NOT HAVE CASH, WE ALL DO NOT WANT TO BE TIED DOWN. WE ALL WANT INCOME. WE ALL WANT FLEXIBILITY. WE ALL WANT A GREEN FUTURE FOR FAMILIES. WE WANT HOMES! Such targeted ideas and hidden gems in society do exist! FILTERED and POLISHED. 👍👍👍🤩🤩🤩

 


Grateful for the sharing Michelle ❤

Youthful Wednesday to You who are here =) Blogging from Cameron Highlands, Listening to Putumayo Presents – Women of Latin America.

Cheers,

Vic Qi

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