Category Archive: Stories of the Professional Hippies

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.

Chalmers students lighting up Tanzanian hospital operating rooms

Imagine yourself as an ophthalmologist in surgery doing delicate work to save a patient’s vision, suddenly the power went out… The operating room is in total darkness and you don’t dare to move even… Continue reading

Eccentrade Hackathon: IT meets sustainability

If you are reading this blog, chances are you don’t live under a rock and are a relatively savvy internet user. Then maybe it’s safe to assume that you, just like me, have been feeling… Continue reading

How to be an effective environmentalist

People pursuing a career with passion beyond taking care of themselves understandably often take pride on their values and devotion, which in itself is not unreasonable. However, what’s not productive is the tendency to judge others who… Continue reading

Mass Comm 101 for Environmentalists

After witnessing the surprising win of xenophobia powered Brexit and the unexpected uprising of the outright bigot Trump, many may wonder the same questions: “How the hell…?!” After a period of frustration and anger, we… Continue reading

Words of a poet to help you through dark times

“We Were Made For These Times” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes Recently, “Brexit”, Trump, terrorist attacks have really sent me down the emotional rabbit hole. It felt like the world is truly going crazy. Then… Continue reading

What your IE professors didn’t tell you about CSR

I followed a discussion among Chinese sustainability professionals in a chat group about CSR and found one speaker’s comments especially refreshing because he spoke from his experience of working with corporations as a… Continue reading