Circular Societies

In our project on Circular Societies, we aim to synthesize different angles and open questions around the topic to be able to present a comprehensive view and perspective on what a Circular Society means in light of our vision and mission. 

The project builds on the discussion around circular economy, extending it towards a holistic understanding rather than a sole focus on economic aspects. Only by recognizing all dimensions of sustainability -social, environmental, and economic- a new social contract with nature can be enabled. Therefore, we chose the term circular society rather than circular economy, extending the understanding of circularity to include natural resources like climate, land, or biodiversity, but also immaterial resources such as knowledge, technology or even power. 

During this project, we focus on three topics that are highly relevant for the Wyss Academy vision and mission:

  1. Understanding the economic and societal implications of a transformation toward Circular Societies

  2. Aiming for a just transformation and including a global perspective 

  3. Understanding the interdependencies with natural resources such as biodiversity and ecosystems, land, or climate of a transformation toward circular societies 


For each of the three topics, we will conduct an online workshop, following a participatory approach, and co-create our vision and approach toward a circular society together with a variety of stakeholders. We aim to include actors from different backgrounds, such as civil society, politics, business, NGOs, indigenous communities, or science. You can find the date of each workshop in the form below.

You can find more information on the project and its process in the concept note below.


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Swiss Sustainability Forum 2022

How can Switzerland become more sustainable? This very question was discussed from 23 to 24 September in the Kursaal Bern. As a partner of the Swiss Sustainability Forum 2022, we dived into the complex topic together with the more than 500 conference participants and were inspired by personalities such as Adrianne Grillbride (ESG Specialist, on running), Ellen MacArthur (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) and Solomon Baumgartner (CIO, Sibelco).


During our deep dive session, lead by Théo Fischer and Fiona Stappmanns, over 100 stakeholders from politics, business, civil society, and NGOs, discussed the opportunities of a circular society for Switzerland. We thank all the participants for bringing in their different perspectives, critical remarks and inspiring calls for action and are looking forward to diving deeper into the discussion and co-creating our vision of a circular society with you. 


Further information on the Swiss Sustainability Forum can be found at www.forum.sustainableswitzerland.ch/en/

Photo: ©SustainableSwitzerland


Fiona Stappmanns


Tatjana von Steiger​

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