Living Lab” for Sustainability: Embedding the Spirit of Ownership and Proactivity with Disaster Resilient Supply Chain for Water-Waste-Energy Interrelatedness

Salil K. Sen, Tartat Mokkhamakkul


The paper posits the innovative and dynamic proposition on "Living Labs" to repurpose disaster aligned supply chains' co-creation of water – waste – energy (W-W-E) interrelatedness for disaster resilience. This paper aims to repurpose the co-creation of disaster aligned supply chains through the "Living Labs" approach and achieve maneuverability through geospatially-enabled visual dashboards. Implementation of W-W-E aligned disaster-resilient supply chain faces formidable challenges due to exacerbation of waste, disaster debris, industrial contamination, energy-emitted carbon, and agricultural leftovers.  Integrative W-W-E embeds a spirit of ownership. New dominant logic on shared value embeds the spirit of ownership to technology, innovation, and disaster resilience of W-W-E infrastructure. The triangulation method is used based on desk-top research: (i) from different evaluators, such as classical literature, (ii) different perspectives of theory from contemporary literature, (iii) from different results, such as current issues researched from secondary sources. The analysis is based on directionality and interrelatedness. Waste, as such, is shunned, ignored, and treated with apathy. The economics and business metrics often relegate waste to low priority levels. The paper promises a favorable outcome in the disaster-resilient supply chain as it deploys geospatial possibilities as visual dashboards to assess the supply chain trajectory to water, waste, and energy performance. Some takeaways are variation and dynamic intermittency, climate sensitivity, and disaster vulnerability. The linkage of W-W-E_Own equals "We Own" unfurls innovation, novelty and embeds the spirit of ownership and proactivity. Transfiguration is evidenced in habitat-centric innovation, climate-proof financing, and public-private-people partnership with good governance for sustainability. The visual dashboard approach on W-W-E_Own would enhance implementability regarding the W-W-E infrastructure's recyclability, reusability, and re-designability.


Keywords: Living Labs, water – waste – energy ownership, sustainability, geospatial statistics, disaster.

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