Topic 4 Digital upscaling

You will now be introduced to online project management, communication and presentation tools and games. Having acquired some skills until now from previous units, you are now called to organise a project related to working on material reuse, or you can choose to start working on a project of your own. You will be using online tools, organising your work by using management tools (Trello), presentation tools (Mentimeter) and plan roles (Miro) e.g., who would be responsible for administrations tasks, finances, communications, etc.

We invite you to read the Rheaply software case.

Overview of Rheaply software case-study

The Need – The value of assets locked away in warehouses, lock-ups or storage rooms, under-utilised or bound for landfill, is unquantifiable but staggeringly large. Lack of knowledge about these idle assets means that new equipment is unnecessarily procured, while operational equipment is consigned to landfill.
The Solution – Rheaply is an asset exchange platform that drives the visibility on stuff, across all of a client’s sites, enabling the transfer of idle equipment either within or outside an organisation.

What makes this particularly smart – Rheaply software can be applied to companies, university campuses, even districts. The platform can be set up to suit the individual needs of clients, allowing them to specify transfers as free of charge, donations or sales.

Benefits –  Rheaply allows organisations to buy smarter and waste less through better surplus asset visibility, utilisation, and management. Rheaply has created a profitable business model and many jobs through proven cost savings for businesses, academic organisations, and other large asset owners.

After getting inspiration from that case, let’s say that in your warehouse, you have stocked many things that you barely use anymore, and you want to get rid of or exchange with something else from someone else’s warehouse. Your goal is to engage the neighbourhood and have a small internal exchange flea market, sharing, selling or donating your assets. How could you organise the exchange flea market?

By using some tools, you can virtually organise the exchange market. To start, you can use Trello to organise yourself and the team that will help you achieve your goal, putting down the tasks, deadlines and material for the communication.

Then, you can try to communicate with your neighbours pitching your idea with Mentimeter and getting feedback from everyone on changes’ needs, adjustments and no-do’s. Finally, you can create a sticker board with unused assets you have in your house using Miro, inviting also others to add their own things to the board. Things for sale will be divided in categories such as clothing, furniture, decoration, kitchenware, etc. and further to which ones are for donation and which for sale.

After this activity you will be able to organise more work online and be familiar with interactive tools and platforms that will improve your work skills and creativity while at the same time you are promoting circularity around you.