Ciculink focuses on merging social innovation and the world of work, committing to raise awareness about the advantages of CBMs and their relation with SI at work by a complex b-learning training kit for corporate trainers, SMEs and CE entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it promotes large scale cooperation building on standardized cooperation models and systematic approach.

Despite the increasing number of CE innovative initiatives in europe, many of them arose from civil society, they are many times characterized form being sparse in time, space and accession. Many of them are condemned to fail, for lack of visibility (and awareness), in the end, for lack of cooperation. This open environment were CE initiatives raise, offers much chance for development but, at the same time, many of these initiatives are isolated from each other’s and from the innovation mainstream – that could contribute to their success – due to various reasons, e.g. lack of digital ‘socialization’ (older, but still active and involved generations), location (less developed regions far from pulsing innovation hubs or big cities), limited financial possibilities (voluntary basis and / or cooperation with SMEs), lack of relevant strategies and possibilities to share ideas with peers, missing information and know how.
Systematic cooperation remains a challenging task and skill to master; it is crucial that the various actors – education providers, companies, CE actors, civil society, governmental institutions – got informed on social innovations toward CE management and cooperative dimensions, and be skilled to handle this in a harmonized, systematic way involving the widest scale of possible contributors.

Based on the European CEN TS 16555 innovation standard on ‘Collaboration Management’, in order to promote and facilitate the success of CE initiatives and social innovation; the partnership will develop a standard based training and course material on Circular Economy and Innovation based on a Collaboration Management approach. The application of the standards ensures a systematic approach for VET training and enables the development of strategic partnerships between Circular Economy sector and his actors, VET providers and educational institutions and civil society sensitive to the CE cause. Considering the requirements and challenges of the digital era, the training surface will be an innovative digital learning platform, as part of a b-learning course. The b-learning model facilitates access the training regardless of financial or geographical disadvantages. It fits the learning style the new generations (‘digital aboriginals’) as well, give chance to older generations to get acquainted with digital tools, in a friendly way, and learn new Circular Economy approaches from peers.

The training material will provide a theoretical and practical frameworks on the most important topics: Circular Business Models (CBMs), Social Innovation – such as open innovation – Collaboration Management, Diversity Management, Social Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and CEN/TS 16555-5 European Innovation Management standard on Collaboration Management
The training will base on the most current and innovative learner centered approaches. A Circular Collaborative Area will be developed for linking Circulink projects trainees and stakeholder, in relation with the; facilitating the linking of current and the development of future CE initiatives, their actors and activists, local, regional and at an european level.
The training course addresses:
– Circular Economy actors and SMEs: waste managers, local authorities and civil society with CE projects, SMEs and other players who wish to implement CMBs
– Education sector: VET teachers and training organisations

Intellectual outputs:
IO1. Circular Collaboration Management manual
IO2. Training Materials toolkit
IO3. Digital learning platform & collaborative area
IO4. Guide book for further collaboration in CE