June 9


18:00 - 19:45

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Impact Hub

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Circular Economy Transition

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A dialogue between key international players from politics, science, experts in circular and new economic models, and behavioral change.

About this Event

Shaping the Post-Corona World: Possible Responses for Business and Society

“In the rush to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to” – Dave hollis

Goal of the event:

The purpose of this event is to stimulate a dialogue between key international players from politics, science and experts operating in the fields of new economic models, circular business models and behavioural change to explore how the Coronavirus crisis and the forced “slowing down” of societies is impacting personal lives, our societies and economies. More importantly, we would like to look to the future and explore whether the Covid-19 pandemic can and will help societies achieve the United Nations SDG goals and the impending climate targets. We will discuss learnings and takeaways from C19 crisis and hear insights about what opportunities such a time has to offer for a more resilient future.

The event is brought to you by the Circular Economy Transition initiative and Impact Hub Switzerland with kind support of the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and WWF Switzerland.

About the speakers:

Keynote speaker:

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.


Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht Sustainability Institute, Maastricht University. She is also visiting professor at Lund University, Sweden and LUT University Finland, and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She is co-founder of HOMIE, a Dutch ‘pay-per-use’ business pursuing the circular economy. Nancy’s research evolves around the broad field of Sustainable Business, including topics like sustainable business models, business experiments, Circular Economy, sufficiency, and closing the ‘idea-action’ gap in sustainability through novel tools and approaches. She is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council funded project Circular X which focuses on ‘experimenting with circular service business models’.

Adèle Thorens Goumaz is a member of the Swiss Council of States and president at OdA Umwelt, a network for professionals in the environment and cleantech sector in Switzerland. She is also a member of the foundation board of sanu durabilitas, a think tank for sustainable development, where she focuses on circular economy. A philosopher by training, her main focus is the promotion of the green economy and sustainable development  in the broadest sense – be that as a member of parliament, a consultant for companies or public authorities, during her involvement in various councils or for educational matters.

Ion Karagounis has been working for the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Switzerland for more than eight years. After having led the department for environmental programs, he initiated a WWF-internal think tank on future trends in economic and environmental issues. He writes regularly in Swiss newspapers on environmental issues and travel stories. Ion has a degree in natural science from ETH Zurich and a degree in corporate management and journalism.

Marie-Claire Graf is a Swiss climate activist and engaged in various organisations for climate protection and sustainability. She is President of the Swiss Association of Student Organisations for Sustainability (VSN) and co-founder of the Sustainability Week, an initiative launched in 2017 in which 14 Swiss cities are currently participating. She is also Vice-President of “Swiss Youth for Climate”, an association founded in 2015 to involve youth in the political debate on climate change.


18:00: Welcome & introduction – Impact Hub Switzerland / Circular Economy Transition

18:15: Inspirational keynote: Setting the Scene

Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT, and Founding Chair, Presencing Institute

18:45: High level panel discussion to discuss on different levels with:

Nancy Bocken, Adèle Thorens Goumaz, Ion Karagounis, Marie Claire Graf

  • Status Quo – What do we see? (new initiatives, behaviors)
  • Factual – What are the impacts (Climate, society, etc.)? What can we measure?
  • Perspectives – What are trends, future scenarios, transition opportunities?
  • Political – What should we demand for? What can we expect?

19:30: Moderated Q&A with audience

19:45: Conclusion & outlook – Circular Economy Transition

About the organisers:

Circular Economy Transition is a pioneer initiative that aims at accelerating the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy. It currently takes place in 5 Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich.

In close collaboration with Impact Hub Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation, this initiative will contribute to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main approaches:

  • Circular Economy Incubator (learn more here)
  • Circular Business Lab (learn more here)
  • Circular policy recommendations (learn more here)
  • Circular Ecosystem building (learn more here)


The event will be held online. After your registration via Eventbrite, you will receive an email with access to the Zoom call closer to the event. The event is limited to 500 attendees via zoom. Make sure to reserve your seat.

We are looking forward to this great discussion with you!

the Circular Economy Transition team