Creative Economies
Thursday 24 February 2022
18:00 to 19:00

The Regenerating a Creative Future programme by British Council in partnership with Good Life X goes across silos of the creative and innovation sectors to identify and align its contribution to the circular and regenerative economy as the way forward. Through exploring new lexicons to better define and open up the conversation on the language and materials used in these models, and working in partnership withThe British Council’s programmeMaking Matters, we seek to increase awareness and draw from inherent practices across the Sri Lankan creative sector to expand opportunities to plug into the regenerative models of the economy for anyone. This programme draws from British Council’s Creative Economies programme, which focuses on increasing awareness and facilitating the recognition of the creative and cultural industries amongst creative networks, industry stakeholders and policymakers. The programme has been designed by the Good Life X . 

Join us for the first session of the conversation series this Thursday 24 February 18.00 p.m. - 19.00 p.m. IST (12.30 - 13.30p.m. GMT). The speakers will tackle how the use of technology builds and connects new opportunities in emerging economies, with a focus on the creative and circular economy. As a secondary point of focus, the conversation will evolve on the word “circular” as the lexicon. We’ll unpack how the word circular connects to the various practices in Sri Lanka and the future of circularity in its work.

Discussing “Technology’s role in the creative and circular economies” is:

  • Insiya Jafferjee, CEO at The Shellworks. She is originally from Sri Lanka and holds a B.Sc. in Product Design from Stanford University. Fascinated with how products were made, Insiya spent her time in consumer electronics working at corporations like Bose, Ford Motor Company and Apple Inc. She moved to London in 2017 to pursue a Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. The master's programme was the inspiration to start The Shellworks and she's passionate about putting her skillset towards making a meaningful environmental impact.

  • J. Charitha Ratwatte Jr., founder of Rural Returns (Guarantee) Limited Sri Lanka, a non-profit company that works with rural communities to create sustainable pathways out of poverty, that he founded as an inaugural Stanford Social Innovation Fellow. Charitha has a BSc. (Hons) in Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with Certificates from the Public Management and Global Management Programs. Charitha was a founding director of the Brain Gain organization SL2College and has served as a member of the Human Resource & Education Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Study of the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.

  • Dr Randika Jayasinghe, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Sciences from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a Doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Australia. She is an Australian Leadership Awards Alumni. Dr. Jayasinghe works in areas of sustainable waste management, waste upcycling, waste-based business development and circular economy. Her research is aimed at promoting the sustainable use of available resources, minimising social and environmental impacts and maximising the use of discarded materials.

  • Moderated by Chinthaka Abeysekera, CEO of Sisili Projects Consortium Pvt. Ltd. Sisili Projects Consortium (Pvt) Ltd undertakes operational ventures such as solutions for the management of hazardous clinical waste, green laundry services for hotels and Non-invasive medical therapy for cardiovascular patients. 

This session will be conducted in English with Sinhala and Tamil interpretation available.

The series continues every Thursday until 24 March from 18.00p.m. to 19.00p.m. IST (12:30 - 13.30p.m. GMT) on these topics: 

  • 24 February - Technology's role in the creative and circular economies

  • 3 March - Urbanisation within local communities

  • 10 March - The next generation’s influence on creating smart creative systems for future

  • 17 March - Intercultural dynamics effect on building more inclusive creative economies

  • 24 March - Going beyond corporate social responsibility


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