My experience at Nudge Global Leadership Challenge for Sustainability

Last weekend I was honoured to take part to the Nudge Global Challenge on Sustainability and Leadership. Nudge is a fairly new think tank committed to educate, nourish and support the leaders of tomorrow in the field of sustainable business. 

The program was fully packed of activities, starting with early breakfast at 8.00 am until individual coaching sessions as late as 11.00 pm. It was an overwhelming and a bit hectic experience, definitely worth it for every minute of it.

An outstanding learning and networking experience. Have fun and be green.

The challenge also featured a short case competition. It revolved around four cases of social entrepreneurship (Waka-WakaA liter of lightMoyee Coffee and Tjebbi), so we got to help audacious entrepreneurs to increase their positive impact.

Are we on the cusp of the circular economy revolution?

I can recall the exact moment when this picture was taken. During the presentation by Andy, CEO of Circle economy, we were asked to stand up from our chairs and to take our stand relatively to a few presented thesis. There was a thesis asserting that the revolution towards the circular economy has already started to take place. 

Almost everybody agreed. I was one of the few disagreeing with the proposed thesis. Indeed, even though the disruptive potential of a circular economy is undeniable, I believe there is still a long way to go before we can declare the revolution has started. 

Economy is drenched in culture. A major cultural shift is needed. 

This picture is from our first day. We did some outdoor team building activities. A bit cold but it was fun to play outside. No matter what your age is, being out in nature with a group of people will get out your playful mood... 

We met a socially conscious chocolate producer from The Netherlands. Tony's Chocolonely is fighting a battle against slavery and child labour, unfortunately still a consistent problem in the cocoa production chain. 

And finally a quick look at my sustainable style

I'd like to share with you a couple of tips about sustainable fashion and style. A general approach to a more sustainable wardrobe is to embrace a minimalistic style. An easy way to go is to reduce the amount of ornaments and personal decoration props, like jewellery, bijoux, hair pins.

Quick and dirty tip on how to go minimal

This is especially useful for those who love bijoux, accessories, nail polish and all the "add-ons" that finish up the look. The great news is you don't have to give up on ALL of those, if they are part of your style and identity. Just pick one category (i.e. bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, foulards, etc.) and make a clear statement you are going to skip on that item in your look. Always and everywhere. 

I've been practicing minimalism for some time now so I was able to give up on a few 'categories'. In this shot, you can see I gave up on earrings. Never have to carry them, choose matching ones and wear them. I save time when I find myself in accessories shop, as I don't look for earrings. 

Give up one item category to start going minimal

Next tip for having a sustainable style is a pledge to second hand items. Generally speaking, I am a supporter of second hand clothing, as reusing an item saves up energies and resources to make a new one. 

Dress is memory. Thanks to my sweet Korean friend Y.

This one has a peculiar story. This black blazer has been gifted to me by my best-friend at the time when I was living in Japan. We did a friends cloth swapping before saying goodbye to each other. It was five years ago.

Besides being a reused item, it holds a story of friendship and a memory of a foreign country. 

Try this at home

Engage in clothes swapping with friends and people you love

Apply for next year's nudge global challenge

If you are reading this and you are passionate about sustainability  - and you are under 30 years old - or slightly above ;) - consider applying for next year’s edition.

To me, it has been a great time of learning about myself, about my professional skills of leadership, teamwork and communication and about interpersonal relationships dynamics.