Category Archive: Stories of the Professional Hippies

Engaging citizens for a more sustainable Taiwan

Please allow me start my story with a failure. But worry not, for I will try to end it with hope. After two years of education on industrial ecology at Leiden University and… Continue reading

I followed waste collectors around Shanghai…

City Hopper Woken up in the early morning by the urban waste collector’s broadcast “RECYCLE OLD TV, FRIDGE and ACs!!!”, my memory jumped back to the start of my sustainability consulting career, which… Continue reading

How Cinderella became a Circular Economy Thinker

Wendy Wuyts is one of the most active MINDers for sure. She has come a long way working on various sustainability projects all over the world. Here is her story.

Science, data and politics for sustainability

Francesco Donati is a PhD researcher at Leiden University, the Netherlands. His interests in sustainability, politics and ICT put him at an interesting position where he could work towards better informing policymakers and citizens with data and web tools on the material flows in the economy, as well as their environmental impact. He is also active in the public space, organising lectures to educate and coordinating political activism to further engage citizens to participate in political discussions for a better society.

A triple bottom line entrepreneur

Claudia Szerakowski is an entrepreneur with a mission – to offer an alternative to the linear fast fashion industry.
She moved from the US to Europe for her MIND journey (2015-17). After completing her thesis with IKEA, she went on a new adventure with her business partners. She’s determined to find a business solution to some of our most urgent environmental issues, that is before she retires to become a Greenpeace granny activist.

A “counter-mainstream” move: from management consulting to international development

Joanne Lu is one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met. We worked together for EMF’s China Circular Economy project while she was an analyst from a top consulting firm.
Little did we know back then how much impact such a brief interaction would have on both of our lives. I could write another blog about the things I’ve learned from her, but here is her story.

The self-paced “circular propeller” in Serbia

Milan Veselinov (2014-16 MINDer) made a decision years ago to take a break from the corporate world and learn how make business better – not just better for profit, but also for the people and the planet. Upon completing his master thesis which resulted in a circular economy roadmap for Serbia, he has been walking his talk and now a circular economy chief “change agent” in Serbia.

On Jump-starting the circular economy movement in Ecuador

Paulina Criollo studied Industrial Ecology at Leiden University and Delft University (the Netherlands) from 2014 to 2016. After finishing her master thesis, she went back to Ecuador with a mission in mind, that is to start off its journey towards circular economy.

A journey back to academia

Juana Camacho, PhD candidate in “user acceptance of circular resource efficient solutions” at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. This program is part of the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission, aiming to bring together and advance the research of 15 circular economy doctoral students from all over the world.

During our time in the MIND program, Juana has been a great source of inspiration for her ability to bring context and meaning to the theories we were studying due to her rich work experience across the NGO, research, and governmental sectors. Here is the story of her journey back to academia…

Reframing “Circular Economy” in PRC

I have to take a deep breath entering a conversation about my work life so far, which actually has only started a year ago when I got my dream job and moved back to PRC.