Weblog week 49: again two C2C BIZZ tools
The Inventory is meant to gain insight in the situation of an area development, especially for business sites. It is a questionnaire, with questions about stakeholders, finances, procurement and physical features. Each question is explained. The explanation shows the possibilities for Cradle to Cradle the question should address. In this way the tool is not only a way of defining the starting point, but also a source of inspiration. The Inventory can be found at http://inventory.c2cbizz.com/.
We decided to make the Inventory an online tool, to make it more user friendly. The Inventory is the first tool the partnership started with and it appeared to be a very difficult one. After each feedback round new questions and explanations popped up, making the document more and more complex. The idea of C2C with the three principles may seem simple, but when you want to explain it well and go into details, the C2C story becomes a long and complicated one. Therefore the development of the online version had added value: we needed to skip questions and explanations to make the Inventory usable. We hope we managed to create a practicable tool with added value.
The Continuous Loops Tool is a database for companies to add their waste streams and the resources they need. In this way matches can be made between companies and resources can be exchanged. The tool does not focus on one time matches, but on continuous cycles, to keep resources in circulation. The tool is meant to be applied on defined business sites. A park manager is needed and gets his own account to invite the companies on his business site. Companies can view each others offers and demands, the park manager creates the matches. The Continuous Loops Tool can be found at http://cltdatabase.c2cbizz.com/.
The Continuous Loop Tool is first meant for the C2C BIZZ pilot sites, but can of course also be used for other business sites. We know there are similar tools available already, but we think the focus on continuous loops in our tool is different. We are discussing the added value of continuous loops with International Synergies and Presteo, two existing tools, to find out if it could be interesting to add some questions or information to these tools. We will also be working on a visualisation of the available and desired resources on a business site, based on our database. This is a next step in the tool development of C2C BIZZ.
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