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Inspiring change through the power of storytelling: Introducing the Circular Stories Programme by Circular Cities Asia

In today’s fast-evolving world, where challenges such as waste management, pollution, and resource scarcity persistently test our resilience and innovation, the narrative of change is not just important, but imperative. It is with great excitement that Circular Cities Asia announces the launch of the Circular Stories Programme, a unique initiative aimed at empowering young environmental change makers to shine a light on the circularity within their local communities using the art of storytelling.

Circular Cities Asia

Circular Cities Asia, a leading purpose-driven organisation, has been accelerating circular economy innovations across Asia since 2021. We have engaged with more than 6000 students through our innovation programme and partnered with over 20 universities. Our collaborations with these academic institutions and industry leaders have provided applied learning opportunities that intersect circularity and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community that not only discusses sustainability but actively partakes in its creation, nurturing real-world solutions and proactive participation in sustainable practices.

Why Circular Stories?

The Circular Stories Programme is crafted to address the urgent environmental challenges our planet faces—transforming how we perceive waste, pollution, and resource depletion by spotlighting solutions and pioneers in circular economy practices. Through this programme, participants will engage in immersive learning experiences and hands-on workshops, discovering and documenting innovative local solutions that exemplify circular principles in action.

What to Expect from the Programme

Led by industry experts Suzanna PomeroyRoleen SevillenaLillygol Sedaghat and Dev Albao, the Circular Stories Programme offers participants a comprehensive learning experience focused on the principles of the circular economy. The journey includes setting a foundational understanding of safety and ethics, coupled with local immersion to deepen participants' connection to their communities and enhance their storytelling skills. Throughout the programme, participants will learn best practice for creating a pitch for their story and get the opportunity to enter in a competition either individually or as a team to submit their own idea for a Circular Story. Winning submissions will secure an immersive mentoring workshop with Lilly and Dev. Finalists will be invited to submit their completed stories for publication and to secure a financial completion prize. Through this we hope to foster a new generation of informed and influential change makers.

The Greater Impact

By participating in the Circular Stories Programme, participants are not just gaining skills or knowledge; they are becoming pivotal voices in the movement towards a more sustainable future. Their stories will amplify the efforts of local innovations and innovators, spreading awareness and motivating others to choose a circular economy future.

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This program is open to young change makers aged 18-25 living in Southeast Asia. Registration is free and closes 31 May 2024. For more information, visit the link in the comments. 

This initiative is proudly run by Circular Cities Asia with the support of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP) of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). 

If you would like to learn more about Circular Cities Asia or would like to support our programmes, please contact

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