In August 2017, 1,000 talents from over 126 countries were invited to Denmark for 9 days to participate in the inaugural UNLEASH Innovation Lab for the SDGs.
This year’s UNLEASH sought solutions for 7 of the 17 SDGs: Water, Food, Energy, Urban Sustainability, Education and ICT, Health and Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Encycled is a product of UNLEASH Lab. We were born from the Circular Economy sub-theme within Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPC).
So how did this all come to be, and wtf is UNLEASH?
Days 1-2: Copenhagen Kick-off
The UNLEASH program kicked-off with a party for all 1,000 talents in Copenhagen's vibrant meatpacking district. The following morning, we gathered at Lokomotivværkstedet, a train station turned raw industrial space, for a day of inspirational speakers, icebreakers, and introductory problem solving exercises.
The biggest take-away from day 1 was this: talent is universal, but opportunity is not. There is diversity in circumstance and diversity in experience. As global citizens who have been granted access to opportunity through our circumstance, it is our duty to create space for others to be able to connect and flourish. We must not ever doubt our ability to change the world!
Day 2 commenced with a warm welcome at Copenhagen City Hall where we delighted in the city's famed pancakes, a treat reserved only for special guests. Following city hall, we visited a community space called Verdenshjørnet to learn from TagTomat, Beyond Coffee and Bugging Denmark, a group of brilliant local start-ups bringing the circular economy to Copenhagen through community-based business models.