Ordering your own copy

Be aware of the transition to circular economy. Let also your friends and colleagues recognise your thought leadership or interest on this challenging transition process. Send us your contact details and the number of copies you want. We will provide you as soon as possible with the book after transferring €25 per copy, excluding shipping costs.

Send us an e-mail at info@challengingchanges.org. If necessary, we send you additional information about money transfer and shipping costs. During the introduction periode, we pay the packaging and shipping costs in the Netherlands. Orders for the Netherlands can be placed directly by transferring €25,00 to NL14 INGB 0008 7068 76 for A G W J Lansink, citing also the delivery address. Paying by PayPal is also possible, via www.challengingchanges.org/payment

Outside the Netherlands, the shipping costs range between €6,95 and 14,63. Also, during the introduction period, we share the shipping costs. So within Europe, books may be ordered for €25 + €5 = €30,00 per copy. Outside Europe, the boo prize will amount to €25 + €8 = €33,00. Moreover, students get a €4,00 discount. Orders can be placed directly by transferring €30.00 or €33,00 the abovementioned bank account or by PayPal.

 For a quick settlement of your order, we advise you to use PayPal or to send an e-mail to adlansink@me.com with your delivery address. Thereafter, you receive an invoice of PayPal. After payment, the book will be sent immediately.

Launching Challenging Changes at Nijmegen

Raymond Janssen interviews Harriet Tiemens and Ad Lansink (Phoyo: Sophy van Kempen)

After the book launches in Brussels, the Dutch presentation of Challenging Changes took place on 18 December 2017 in the Council Hall of Nijmegen. As an introduction, Vera Dalm, director of Milieu Centraal, pointed out the meaning of knowledge transfer: ‘Let’s keep communication about waste simple’. With examples, such as the ban on plastic bags in stores, she showed that legislation can have a major impact. ‘And why do not we make coffee at stations for people who bring their own cups cheaper?’ According to NVRD chairman Han Noten, the waste sector has long been aware of the value of raw materials. ‘But making the transition from waste to raw material still takes a long way. It will work when we do. For that we need enthusiastic people with good ideas. And of course, organizations and legislation to scale up. In addition, we jointly have to look at the bigger picture. ‘ Between the keynotes, Harriët Tiemens, Alderman for Sustainability of the municipality of Nijmegen and author Ad Lansink, were interviewed by Raymond Janssen about the production of the book and the relationship with Nijmegen as Green Capital Europe 2018.

Author Ad Lansink with Bas de Vries and Johny Kerkhof: on the screen pictures of the LokaliteitenKabinet (Photo: Sophie van Kempen)

After the speeches, the first copies of Challenging Changes were presents to Bas de Vries and Johny Kerkhof, representatives of the young guard, who designed the so called ‘LokaliteitenKabinet’. With this surprising construction, they make circular economy visible and tangible for a large public, and at the same time, operational for actors on the market for secondary raw materials market. They suit the action to the word connecting a mechanical, visible system with a digital platform: an innovative contribution matching supply and demand for the reuse of raw materials. Fortunately, the benefits of circular economy are gradually becoming known. Keywords such as environmental benefits, employment, biodiversity and energy saving are receiving more and more attention, also in Challenging Changes through a lot of interesting positive but also critical recommendations for a wide variety of target groups, including producers and consumers

Challenging Changes at 25 Year RDC Environment, Brussel

On November 20th, Ad Lansink contributed to the symposium of RDC Environment at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this well-known Belgian environmental consultancy. The meeting was held at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, Rue des Sables 20, Brussels. Ad Lansink presented his new book Challenging Changes, a.o. focussing on

  • Closing loops on various levels;
  • Creating financial, social and other values;
  • Developing new technologies;
  • Shared responsibility producers, consumers, governments;
  • Creating broad – also global – support

During the discussion an interesting point arised, namely the question why important transitions as establishing a firm climate policy and changing minds for circular economy do not get broad support in society. Possibly, the answer lies in the acceptance of an appropriate level of risks. An absolute zero level is not achievable.

Book presentations: 23 and 25-26 Oktober 2017

During the International G.STIC 2017 conference at Brussel (www.gstic.org), Ad Lansink presented  his new book Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy with the closing keynote of the plenary session on October 23th, the first day of the conference. In his presentation Ad Lansink considered the firm relation between the main lines of Challenging Changes and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The presentation will become available on this site within a few days.

The staff of VITO, the inspiring organizer of the G.STIC Conference, decided to  present a copy of Challenging Changes to each of the participants of the sessions on circular economy. Ad Lansink had to sign almost all books, meanwhile speaking with the people, who were lucky to receive one of the available copies. So he met interested men and women from all over the world, both from rich and less developed countries.

Ad Lansink also visited the exhibition Recycling 2017 in the Evenementenhal in Gorinchem (the Netherlands . During the BRBS-FHG-symposium on Wednesday, oktober 25th (09.30 – 12.30) about the future of circular economy, moderator Simone van Trier interviewed Ad Lansink about Challenging Changes. After the symposium, he met visitors and guests of Recycling 2017, discussing the importance of reduce, reuse and recycling for the transition to circular economy.

Both in Brussel and Gorinchem, many visitors were impressed by Challenging Changes. They appreciated the contents of the new book, but also the nice lay out. Already during the presentation at G.STIC it became clear, that Challenging Changes will inspire old and young people to proceed on the challenging road to circular economyTwo weeks after the publication already 1450 copies of the new book have been delivered.

Challenging Changes – book is out right now!

We are proud to announce that ‘Challenging Changes’, the new book by Ad Lansink, is out right now! A first impression of the lay out may be found on the website of book designer Sophie van Kempen.

On Wednesday October 11th, the book was presented at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Brussels. An interested and knowledgable audience got the opportunity to hear about te book from the author himself, who presented the book to Daniel Calleja Crespo, director generaal DG Environment of the European Commission and to Harriët Tiemens, vice mayor and aldermen of the city of Nijmegen, European Green Capital 2018.

The presentation was followed by a vivid discussion, offering enough food for thought for a next book…

Did you miss the event and want to obtain copies of the book to enrich your knowledge about the circular economy and the waste hierachy? Send an e-mail to info@challengingchanges.org.

DAR NV, involved in the project, released a press statement, which you can read by clicking this link (in Dutch).

October 11th: Book presentation event – Dutch Permanent Representation, Brussels

Challenging Changes, the new book of the well known Ad Lansink (“Lansink’s Ladder”) has been presented on October 11th, 2017 in Brussels. The author and the Editorial Board are proud that the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels was hosting this book presentation and the following panel discussion.

Program elements

  • Welcome by the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU
  • Introduction by a representative of the European Commission
  • Presentation of the first two copies of Challenging Changes to:
    The representative of the European Commission
    The representative of the Municipality of Nijmegen: European Green Capital 2018
  • Presentation of the key messages of Challenging Changes by Ad Lansink
  • Panel discussion with national and EU representatives and stakeholders
  • Conclusion by the Dutch Permanent Representation
  • Completion of the book presentation in an informal atmosphere