Why does Walter Stahel mention The Little Prince author, Antoine Saint-Exupery at four critical points in his latest book: The Circular Economy: a user’s guide?
Ron Nahser reflects on a leading guide to the circular economy.
The publisher frontispiece states: “this book… is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to quickly get up to speed with this vitally important topic…sets out key themes for busy managers and policy makers…” So it’s clearly not for experienced practitioners in the circular economy (CE).
But beyond his skillful and compressed presentation of the elements of CE concepts and processes, there is a deeper reason for all of us to read the book and the Saint-Exupery quotes point to it.
Stahel’s four brief references to Saint-Exupery run as a thread from the introduction through to the final section of this 93-page book. These quotes give us insight into Walter’s concern beyond the mechanics of CE, to the need