How might we transform the consumer goods industry to build economic, natural and social capital and be less wasteful, more restorative and resilient?

What is it?

CircularFutures is a Leadership Development Program created by Ashoka in co-creation with eBay and our co-creation partners. We are convening 30 changemakers in the field of circular economy from a diverse range of disciplines to take part in an interactive, practical learning experience that champions collaboration, inspires innovation, and builds momentum for change.

Our focus is on exploring new approaches to leadership within the circular economy – we need a new generation of leaders who understand how to weave individuals and networks into a coherent and powerful movement for real systemic change.

We will explore the growth and business opportunities in the circular economy - ultimately creating a network of organisations leading and collaborating on the shift towards a circular economy. 

The new leaders of the circular economy will be weavers of ecosystemic change – we define weaving as a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders around a shared vision and a common set of goals. Effective weavers are able to foster real and meaningful collaborations; and can deepen people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.

Circular Futures will find, develop and empower tomorrow’s circular economy leaders, created real ecosystemic change and generate impact at a societal level.

 

 

 

 

 

CircularFutures is looking for leaders from across the public, private and third sectors with the imagination, creativity and desire to:

  • show how a circular economy can really work
  • improve the way we design and operate supply chains
  • change the way we think and act

If you believe in the power of the circular economy and want to lead the change, we’d like to hear from you. Join CircularFutures  to become part of a network of co-learners and collaborators that will help you design better projects, scale your work and create more impact. This interactive, practical learning experience champions collaboration, inspires innovation and builds momentum for change. CircularFutures will supercharge you as a circular economy changemaker.

CircularFutures is supported by a network of organisations committed to building a circular economy: Ashoka, eBay Foundation, C-creators, Circle Economy, Waste2Wear, De Hoge Dennen and Philips.

To be a part of CircularFutures, fill out the applicationemail us and follow us at #CircularFutures.

 

Who it’s for?

CircularFutures brings together thirty changemakers in the circular economy from a diverse range of disciplines to take part in an interactive, practical learning experience that champions collaboration, inspires innovation and builds momentum for change.

CircularFutures is for people who understand the power of the circular economy and want to make it happen. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, work for a corporation or are part of the public sector, CircularFutures is looking for changemakers who want to lead the change.

Our participants will have a track record of at least 5 years in circular innovation and change within (or strongly related with) any of the following three sectors: packaging, electronics or fashion. They are decision-makers in a social enterprise, corporate or public sector institution and possess the entrepreneurial spirit, drive and passion to develop, launch and implement system changing initiatives within these sectors.

Why you care?

Through CircularFutures, you will belong to a powerful network of co-learners and collaborators that will help you design better projects, scale your work, create more impact and lead the change.

If you’re a social entrepreneur or innovator…

… CircularFutures will connect you to a powerful network of innovators and changemakers that will help you design better projects, scale your work, create more impact and lead the change. You will experience  new approaches to leadership and work with collaborators who will take you to the next level. CircularFutures will connect you to social impact investors and support you to become investment-ready. Join us to lead the change.

If you’re a public sector leader…

… CircularFutures will connect you to a powerful network of circular economy changemakers and innovators who will share and explore what facilitates and supports their innovations. If you want to lead the transformation of public policy and redefine public/private partnerships in line with circular economy thinking - join us.

 

 

 

If you’re a corporate leader…

… CircularFutures will give you the chance to amplify your role and impact  as a changemaker in the field of circular economy. You will experience new approaches to  leadership and explore the growth and business opportunities that the circular economy is creating. You will collaborate around the design of  innovative business models that will lead the transition to a circular economy. And you will explore the impact this will have on your organisation. You will become part of a network of  companies leading the shift towards a circular economy whilst strengthening your own business’s brand credibility. If you think we need to transform how we do business and if you see the compelling commercial argument for a circular economy - join us.

If you’re an investor…

… CircularFutures will connect you  to a powerful network of circular economy changemakers who are working to  design better products or services, scale their ideas work, create more impact and lead the change. If you think we need to transform how we do business, if you see the compelling commercial argument for a circular economy and you believe in building and investing in economic, natural and social capital - we invite you to join CircularFutures and to support tomorrow’s  circular economy changemakers.

How it works

Pitch panel

Opportunity to pitch your collaborative innovations to a panel of investors.

Duration

  • Launch event
  • Six months multiplier
  • Six modules of two day workshops on Fridays and Saturdays plus a final pitch event

Application

To be a part of CircularFutures, please apply by clicking the ‘Join us!’ button and fill out the application before:

  • June 17th 2018 (first round)
  • July 15th 2018 (second round)

Sectors

Focus on apparel, electronics and packaging

Pricing

To ensure that we are able to offer access to a wide range of individuals, CircularFutures has adopted a shared pricing model. Participants from organizations and businesses who are able will be required to pay a fee of €10,000 for the 6-month program. This will contribute to our delivery costs and will enable individuals (typically early-stage entrepreneurs or start-up businesses) to join the program via a scholarship. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship or want to talk to us about pricing - please get in touch.

The scholarship covers the program costs, it does not cover the potential transport and accommodation costs you need to make to attend the modules.

Language

English

 

 

 

Expected outcomes of the program. This program will:

  • Grow and strengthen a collaborative network of innovators, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry leaders and partners working to shift the world towards a circular economy.
  • Help participants understand and develop the skills and mindsets of weaving ecosystemic change – weaving is a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders to a shared vision and impact goals; fostering impactful collaborations; and deepening people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.
  • Drive participants to contribute to systemic change and feel inclined to collaborate with others in the same or other sectors in order to reach this change.
  • Empower participants with knowledge and tools to push for systemic change and build core competencies in how to change an entire organisation or company.
  • Help participants identify development needs and spot collaborative opportunities to develop strategic innovative projects around circular economy that can be piloted in their own organisation and with other organisations.

 

Program

Launch
Thursday 6th September

Launch - Amsterdam

Module 1
Fri 7th and Sat 8th September

Visioning | System Change - Amsterdam

Create a shared vision on where we stand with the circular economy, what the different expertise’s of the individuals within this cohort are and what our individual learnings can be during this leadership program. Deep dive into Ashoka’s definition of systems thinking and system change and how it can be achieved. Participants gain an understanding of what the systemic causes for the “big problem” are and of how to choose one root cause to focus on, in order to effectively move towards achieving their system change vision.

Module 2
Fri 5th and Sat 6th October

Leadership | Collaboration - London

Participants will learn about the value of emergent thinking and deep listening and they’ll be taken on a journey from ego to eco with the aim to enhance true co-creation and collaboration. Participants explore opportunities to develop and enhance collaborative models between social entrepreneurs and corporations, public institutions to scale system changing impact. Participants will understand and develop the skills and mindsets of weaving ecosystemic change – weaving is a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders to a shared vision and impact goals; fostering impactful collaborations; and deepening people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.

Module 3
Fri 2rd and Sat 3rd November

Innovation | Strategy | Transformation - London

Participants will share different innovations within the circular economy and how to strategize around these innovations. They will be introduced to how transformations towards a circular approach can take place in large corporations. Participants learn about team of teams, creating shared purpose, and how to lead from the circle: you, your team and the community. Participants acquire an understanding of social entrepreneurship vs. intrapreneurship and will deep dive into how to become an effective intrapreneur to achieve real and long-lasting changes within an organization.

Module 4
Fri 7th and Sat 8th December

Impact Orientation | Impact Business Modelling - Amsterdam

Participants gain specific insight into how to maximize the impact of partnerships (collaborative impact), thereby reflecting on their own role and the role and changemaking potential of organizations. Participants will deep dive into the field of impact orientation and will be introduced to a variety of possible business models to achieve collaborative system changing impact within the circular economy.

Module 5
Fri 25th and Sat 26th January

Impact Investing | Storytelling - London

Participants will be empowered and trained to catalyze social impact through storytelling for changemaking and why it is critical as a circular changemaker or leader. Participants will explore tactics for how to embed storytelling for changemaking into daily work and how to position their story to attract impact investments.

Pitch event
Thursday 14st of February

Pitch event - London

Module 6
Fri 15st and Sat 16st February

Network building | Scaling - London

Participants will be introduced to ways of how to grow and keep a network alive and how to identify the necessary network to scale your initiative. Participants get an introduction into the topic of scaling circular social innovations and learn about tools and various approaches for scaling impact and systemic change in order for the initiative to become the new norm in society.

Who are we

Co-creators

 

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

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C-creators believe there is no justification for the existing linear system. We believe in the power of cooperation and working together to achieve more. Together with our partners we join forces and work on a daily basis to create iconic projects. One of them being the Building Programme for the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Together we can make the circular economy the new normal. 

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Waste2Wear creates innovative circular solutions for the textile industry. Through cross sector collaborations with companies, universities and governments we turn plastic waste into useful and beautiful products. Our aim is to run out of plastic to recycle one day.

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At Circle Economy, we believe in a visionary future for our planet — one in which we do not have to compromise in order to achieve economic, social, and environmental prosperity. As an impact organisation, we connect and empower a global community to create the conditions for systemic transformation. With nature as our mentor, we work alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality.

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Speakers & Facilitators

 

  • Module 1

    Speaker: Ryan Gellert (Patagonia)

    As General Manager - EMEA for Patagonia, Ryan Gellert oversees all sales, marketing, sustainability and operational initiatives for the brand. An avid climber and backcountry snowboarder, Ryan has climbed and ridden throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle East and South Africa. Ryan has extensive experience working with direct action environmental groups, serving on the boards of the Access Fund and Protect Our Winters. Prior to joining Patagonia, Ryan spent 15 years at Black Diamond Equipment, where he held a number of roles including Brand President, VP of Supply Chain Management and Managing Director of Black Diamond Asia. 

    Facilitator: Ross Hall (Ashoka)

    Ross is founder of the Global Change Leaders – and is directing Ashoka’s education strategy – both aiming to create learning ecosystems in which every young person is empowered as a changemaker. Before Ashoka, Ross designed the Better World Programme that equips young people to be well and do well. The first implementation of the programme is with 500,000 children across Zimbabwe and Tanzania. This built on the work of  the Effective Education for Employment project, conceived with Pearson. The project evaluated the effectiveness of education systems and institutions internationally. Before joining Pearson, Ross spent 15 years designing and launching 20 businesses across 5 continents.

    Facilitator: Florian Rutsch (Ashoka)

    Florian manages Ashoka's community of Fellows in the UK. He focuses his passion and expertise on system change strategies which he shares through retreats, workshops and talks. He also co-leads integration of this work across Ashoka in Europe. He holds degrees in international economics and social entrepreneurship, studying in the Netherlands, US, UK, and Kenya. He has also worked as a social impact consultant on strategy, organisation, and communication.

  • Module 2

    Speaker: Michael Wagemans (i-propeller)

    Michael Wagemans is Managing Partner of i-propeller, one of Europe’s leading sustainability advisory boutiques. With i-propeller, he advises clients on a diverse set of issues pertaining to sustainability, such as shared value, CSR, societal business innovation, impact measurement, corporate philanthropy and stakeholder engagement. He has more than 15 years experience in strategy and organization consulting, working together with corporates and public authorities. Prior to joining i-propeller, Michael held positions of responsibility in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur D. Little. 

    Speaker: Monique Maissan (Waste2Wear)

    Monique Maissan is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialized in Circular Economic solutions for the textile industry. She is the CEO and founder of Vision Textiles; a textile company, which produces fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and aims to combine this with circular models and social initiatives. Its brands Waste2wear and Waste2weave combine environmental goals with improvement of livelihoods. This unique approach has led to cooperation with several brands and some of the largest multinationals. She is currently involved in another initiative that she co-founded: The Plastic Ocean Project in China. The project aims to find ways of removing plastic from the ocean.

    Facilitator: Ross Hall (Ashoka)

    Ross is founder of the Global Change Leaders – and is directing Ashoka’s education strategy – both aiming to create learning ecosystems in which every young person is empowered as a changemaker. Before Ashoka, Ross designed the Better World Programme that equips young people to be well and do well. The first implementation of the programme is with 500,000 children across Zimbabwe and Tanzania. This built on the work of  the Effective Education for Employment project, conceived with Pearson. The project evaluated the effectiveness of education systems and institutions internationally. Before joining Pearson, Ross spent 15 years designing and launching 20 businesses across 5 continents.

    Facilitator: Monika Koncz-MacKenzie (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

    Monika works on learning for the circular economy to allow businesses to transition successfully. Within the Ellen MacArthur Foundation she supports the Foundation's Global Partners and wider network comprised of businesses, partner universities and government & cities by identifying suitable learning pathways and effective learning strategy. Her background and passion lies in experiential & participatory learning approaches and developing systemic leadership to address the complex challenges of the transition towards a circular economy. 
  • Module 3

    Speaker: Maggie de Pree (League of Intrapreneurs)

    Maggie De Pree is a co-founder and Director of The League of Intrapreneurs, a global learning community for social ‘intrapreneurs’ – people working for a better world from inside our incumbent institutions - influential corporates, governments and NGOs. She has spent over a decade harnessing the innovation potential of business to address issues ranging from climate change to healthcare and has worked with companies such as GSK, BMW, Nike, Barclays, Shell, BP and SC Johnson. She is a passionate advocate for girls’ sport and after launching her village’s first U8 football team for girls has now found herself coaching the local cricket.

    Facilitator: Melinda Varfi

    Melinda believes in the power of communities and is passionate about helping to empower communities to grow and contribute towards a sustainable society. Having worked in different sectors – from education to trade development – she has found that sustainability is the closest topic to her heart. She co­-founded Impact Hub Budapest, a global-community-­based coworking office. She enjoys engaging people in meaningful conversations about their environment and enabling them to recognize the power they have to make steps towards a more sustainable world. In the last 7 years she has facilitated and designed participatory methods processes of dialogue including the Art of Hosting and Theory U.

  • Module 4

    Speaker: Guido Braam (C-creators)

    Guido Braam is known as a speaker who can convey his personal enthusiasm and conviction with humor and very practical examples to the public. He likes to improvise and can appeal to his broad experience in the circular economy and his years of experience as an entrepreneur. His story is about the big trends that have to do with the circular economy as well as the daily opportunities and obstacles when you as an entrepreneur want to work with the circular economy.

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