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Become a Circulent.

The Leadership Program in Circular Economy 2022 is Now Open for Applications

Where does all our stuff come from, and where does it end up once we’ve used it? Every year our global economy uses up twice as many natural resources as the earth can produce in the same period. Worse, most of those resources end up as waste after only being used once. We’re headed for disaster. So what can you do about it?

"The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which aims to extend the life cycle of products and reduce waste to a minimum by sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials" - EP

You don't need any prior knowledge to apply: the Leadership Programme in Circular Economy will coach you to become a key change-maker in bringing about a more sustainable future for out region.

Topics cover:

  • Sustainable and Circular Lifestyles (workshop: 15th May)

  • Entrepreneurship (online workshop 29th May)

  • Systems Thinking (online workshop12th June)

  • Political Advocacy (in person workshop 14th August, Helsinki)

  • Pitch a circular economy idea to experts at ReGeneration Week (in person game 29th August, Åland)  *optional*

Study in your own time, and then attend a workshop every other week for six weeks. All costs are covered by the programm, including travel and accommodation costs in August. So you can participate for free. 

Join us in Finland

For our fourth workshop, we will all travel to Helsinki, Finland to meet in person (pandemic permitting).

The final (and optional) component of the program is the Dragon’s Den. You will get into small groups and brainstorm a new idea for a product, campaign or community space to help build the circular economy in real life. 

You will then have the chance to pitch your idea to a panel of industry leaders at ReGeneration Week in Åland on 30th August during the 27th-30th August (where travel and accommodation costs are also covered).

Can I Apply? YES! If you:

  • Are 16-30 and live in the Nordic or Baltic Sea Region*

  • Want to become a leader in circular economy

  • Speak and understand English

  • Have access to a computer and internet connection

  • Are available to attend all four workshops

Marginalised youth - including black youth, migrant youth, LGBT+ people, people from working class backgrunds - are too often shut out of the sustainability movement. And that makes us weaker! 

If you come from a marginalised community then we strongly encourage you to apply to the leadership programme, and let us know in your application what we can do to support your access to the course.

How Do I Apply?

Fill out this application form before midnight on the 15th April 2022 (that's Easter Friday for those who celebrate).


It should take you 30-60 minutes. We will ask you for some basic details about yourself, check that you are eligible for the programme (age, location, availability) and then ask some short questions about why you want to take part. 


If we receive more applications than we have spaces in the programme, we will use your answers to select applicants who are most likely to gain a lot from it. The selected applicants will be notified by the 29th April at the latest.

*Baltic Sea Region includes; Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland (incl. Åland), Norway, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland,  and Sweden. We also welcome youth from Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine as the drainage basin of the Baltic Sea includes these countries. We have currently paused recruitment from Russia and Belarus due to the developing geopolitical situation in our region.

Questions? Don't be shy! Drop us a message us on Instagram or Facebook



The Leadership Program helped me understand how to make a positive change in my community. I felt a bit lost before, but now I'm much more confident!



Brilliant programme! I am now active with the Circulents alumni group setting up our own circular economy initiative a year on.



"This programme helps young people not only understand circular economy, but sets them up to implement it in real life"

The Leadership Programme in Circular Economy is the result of a collaboration between: 

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