Young changemakers in 10 new cities have been selected join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest cohort of Circular Shapers, an initiative for circular economy innovation.
This new cohort builds from a pilot launched in 2021 where hubs convened training to kickstart circular economy collaboration and tackled issues such as single-use plastics.
The Scale360° initiative seeks to leverage innovation hubs in cities, countries and regions worldwide, bringing together leaders in science, policy and business to trigger circular change.
Circular Shapers engage with local public, private, and civil society stakeholders to design, organise, and deliver circular economy projects tailored to local needs, WEF reports. Circular Shapers are competitively selected from the Global Shapers Community, a network of “committed and energised” young volunteers in 448 city-based hubs around the world.
According to WEF, these changemakers have the energy, skill, networks and commitment needed to transform their cities into centres of circular economy innovation.
The latest Circular Shaper cohort hails from five continents and includes: Ankara, Asuncion, Auckland, Beijing, Bucharest, Lahore, Manama, Milan, Morelia, and Thimphu.
The cities selected to the latest cohort will apply Scale360°’s tested methodology – a circular innovation playbook – intended to fast-track Fourth Industrial Revolution impact to keep more goods in use. Their initiatives will explore ways to apply circular design principles, improve reuse, and to eliminate waste, all while strengthening economies and boosting jobs.
“It’s powerful to see how Scale360° methodology has spread so rapidly and empowered Global Shapers to become leaders driving circular innovation in their cities”
The Circular Shapers can also tap into WEF’s networks of experts and leaders in civil society, government, industry global organisations, including the Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy (Pace).
“With new Circular Shaper hubs in place, momentum for circular innovation can build further,” said Scale360°’s global lead, Helen Burdett: “This latest cohort is another example of local action for global impact on the circular economy transition.”
These join the successful pilot cohort which included four Global Shapers hubs in Mexico City, Brussels, Turin, and Bangkok which ran from February to July 2021. In just a few months, WEF claims, the pilot cities built critical relationships with leaders in government, the private sector, and NGOs, making critical early steps towards driving circular innovation.