Johanna: I mean, our expectations definitely were met, in a way that we could talk to a lot of people. We could count on the support of UPTEC and we enjoyed the mentality and support of everyone we met. Our interviews were going into different directions. Sometimes, we were really surprised about the answers and activities of our interview partners, in other situations we had bigger expectations before the interview, but that’s part of the game, I guess.
Luise: I think that our expectations were also met in a sense that we were able to get a better feeling about what is happening here in the city of Porto. In advance, we only had an idea, and now we more or less got a feeling on what is going on in terms of circular economy at the moment. We definitely did not expect that so many people would answer to our interview invites. We also did not expect such a great support from UPTEC, as it is not to be taken for granted to get so much support from the hosting organization. This was very positive for us. Of course, we also had a great experience with the city and the good weather (both laughing). In our last interview we were even able to go to a store (CRU Design Store) and experience circular products, which was really cool to see.
Johanna: Most interviews we did were held online, which helped a lot. This was the case due to Covid-19 but we also found that most people were more spontaneous to have interviews online. This allowed us to speak to a broad group of people.
Johanna: We got in contact with startups, collaborating systems, organizations connected to the municipality and independent companies as legal and consulting companies. Getting in contact with a lot of different stakeholders was really interesting for us. The problems faced and experience made really differed between all organizations. We asked all our interviewees about how they experience the current status quo on circular economy in Porto. Every participant gave us a different answer. (laughing) So it was really cool for us to see their perception as it depends so much on their perspective and what level you are acting in that topic and also your bubble!