• 10 new cities join the World Economic Forum’s latest cohort of Circular Shapers, an initiative leveraging grassroots change to transform cities into centres of circular economy innovation.
• The latest cohort hails from five continents and the cities include: Ankara, Asuncion, Auckland, Beijing, Bucharest, Lahore, Manama, Milan, Morelia, and Thimphu.
• This new cohort builds off of an initial pilot launched this year where hubs convened trainings to kickstart circular economy collaboration and tackled issues such as single-use plastics.
New York, USA, 23 July 2021 – The World Economic Forum’s Scale360° initiative announced today the 10 city-based hubs joining its Circular Shapers programme.
Scale360° leverages 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.
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. 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 – the Scale360° Circular Innovation Playbook – 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 job growth.