The CI-YOU project aimed at fostering a sense of initiative and circular entrepreneurship among young people, recently organized a five-day program in Brussels from May 26th to May 30th 2023. The project’s primary goal was to provide the youth with knowledge and concepts in the field of circular economy, contributing to the improvement of the level of green business culture in Europe.
Follow us on this journey and let’s take a closer look at the activities that took place during this eventful week!
To break the ice, create a sense of camaraderie and facilitate networking, a small gathering was organized in the city in the first place. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to engage in diverse tours, for instance: to Permafungui, a successful local circular economy business or, to the House of European History where participants had the chance to explore the European Union’s historical journey and its commitment to sustainable development. These picturesque visits allowed participants to witness firsthand the practical application of circular economy principles and served as an inspiration for the potential impact of circular practices on a larger scale.
Furthermore, the Lodzkie House hosted a series of presentations provided by the project partners. An opening ceremony marked the beginning of the workshops where participants had the chance to dive deeper into the topic of CE. Topics covered included the European framework for understanding the circular economy (OTB), circular strategies and business models (IMRO), the CI-YOU learning platform (CSI), circular economy opportunities for young entrepreneurs (JUMP), green economy and youth networks (IED), circular economy life cycle assessment (EDUFONS), and finally, eco-design (MIIRT). These sessions equipped the participants with essential knowledge and practical tools to embrace circularity in their future endeavours. To ensure continuous improvement, a survey for evaluation and follow-up was conducted, gathering valuable feedback from the participants.
With renewed inspiration and knowledge, the participants were encouraged to implement circular economy principles in their respective communities, organizations and future ventures.
The CI-YOU project serves as an excellent example of how initiatives targeting youth can contribute to the advancement of sustainable practices. By equipping young people with the necessary skills and knowledge, the project will continue to contribute to building a generation of leaders who are committed to driving the transition towards a circular economy.