Cascading Economy – Our consulting approach

BE Solutions researches with scientific and economic partners on innovations and technological developments of a sustainable circular economy.

The Cascading Economy is a new way of doing business, a meta-business model.

In the Cascading Economy, the value chains do not stand side by side, but interlock in cascading fashion. In this way, resources that in conventional business models degenerate into waste in a value-added dead end are turned into new potentials with which new profits can be made. Cascading economy means making something useful out of everything: Supposed problems become solutions, waste becomes a resource, and previously isolated business models combine to form cascades that form a new holistic overall system.

The Cascading Economy philosophy is about optimizing systems that generate added value. Cascading Economy projects are based on a systemic approach that looks for unused potentials and undiscovered interfaces. Thus, the Cascading Economy is an open-ended process that involves the local context and, above all, the people involved – in search of ways to increase the cake. Through feedback and feedback with the local people, more potential can be discovered from more perspectives. Citizens, employees, suppliers, customers or administrative staff are at the centre of the discovery journey.

This voyage of discovery is characterised by three elements:

  • All available data, from energy balances to population figures, are statistically evaluated.
  • The system is analysed in the context of local history and culture: What already existed, was forgotten, but now has potential again? Who is familiar with what here? Which traditions are to be observed?
  • The local material flows are analysed. Which wastes exist in which quantities? What consumes how much energy? How does water management work? What are the environmental problems?

Cascading Economy Cases:

Read more examples of what tomorrow’s world could look like with an intelligent cascading recycling economy. (Texts so far only in German)

Multidimensional perspectives in fields of innovation from the perspective of the Cascading Economy

If one looks at the funding structures of the federal government, the states and the municipalities, one can impression that it was finally understood at all levels that a future Economic growth and the accompanying social, infrastructural and cultural development The attractiveness of a region can only be achieved if new impulses can be generated through innovation initiated. However, there is no overarching strategy that all measures follow and their support each other in such a way that in the end a real economic and social change is visible.

We therefore do not see innovations as individual measures or cluster support, but rather create multidimensional and interdisciplinary fields of innovation in a defined regional context. In doing so, we integrate innovations from all fundamental areas of life: nutrition, energy, water, mobility, digitality and building.

In the spirit of the Cascading Economy, these 6 areas repeatedly build up their cascading value-added chains on various levels.

In addition, innovations must always be viewed from several perspectives:

INDIVIDUAL
How does the innovation influence the 6 bases of life of the individual?

  • better access to resources?
  • lower costs?
  • improvement of livelihoods?

ORGANISATION 
What does the innovation bring to the organization or company?

  • higher added value? more profit?
  • new business fields?
  • social commitment? public welfare?

REGION
What impact does innovation have on the region?

  • Economic growth and labour force?
  • Inflow and positive impact on demographic change?
  • attractiveness and publicity?

SYSTEM
How does the innovation change the system or the industry?

  • climate-neutral?
  • resource-saving?
  • sustainable?

GLOBAL
What impact does innovation have on our planet?

  • where do we draw resources from?
  • what do we give back?

In each of the 6 bases of life there are good examples of solutions that give us an idea that it can work. In the interaction of the Cascading Economy, however, each individual idea together achieves a much greater impact. For what? To achieve what I cannot imagine us doing!