Our contribution to the
Disruptive Innovation Festival 2017 (DIF)

Tuesday 14 Nov, 2017 at 15:00 - 18:00 and Livestream on DIF between 16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+1)

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About the Festival

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything?

Our Contribution

The Stars Are Circular Foundations will contribute to The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) with a panel discussion held at Springhouse in Amsterdam and with livestreaming at DIF 2017. Experts pioneering with the education of 21st century skills will open the dialogue with an online and offline audience to discover if and how specific skills tie in with the transition to a circular economy.

Empowering kids to be Circular Stars

How do we involve kids and young adults with the Circular Economy? 
There are many wonderful initiatives focusing on 21st century skills for kids and young adults. Initiatives cover a broad range of topics such as science, design thinking, programming, digitalisation, media and storytelling. Can the topic of the circular economy be the thread that connects these subjects to prepare kids and young adults even more for a life as conscious, innovative and collaborative participants in a circular economy?

The Panelists

Remco Pijpers
Strategic Advisor Digital Literacy at Kennisnet

Kennisnet is the public organization for Education & ICT. Remco advises schools and policy makers about pupils and students in the digital society. What digital skills should we teach these young people? On November 24th, his new book, the Digital Literacy Handbook, will appear. Remco has been educated as a journalist and historian and has been professionally involved in the subject of children and digital media since the 1990s.

Michiel Dijkman
Head of Corporate Affairs at Samsung

Michiel Dijkman is head of corporate affairs at Samsung Electronics Benelux. In addition, he is socially active as a member of the Supervisory Board of Public Broadcast NTR, Nuffic and Fontys High School for Marketing and Management. From his position at Samsung and his advisory positions, he is involved in the renewal of education and the connection of young people to the digitizing labor market.

Emer Beamer
Founder Designathon Works

Emer Beamer, inspired by children and their capacity to imagine better futures, founded the organization in January 2014. Emer is a social designer and educator. She is an Ashoka fellow and a LEGO re-imagining learning fellow. Prior to Designathon Works she co-founded Butterfly Works, a co-creation studio for a better world, working in 16 countries and NairoBits, a digital design college for young people from slum areas of Nairobi, and now active in 6 other African countries.

Merel Mirage
Founding director Stichting HOLY

Merel is a social entrepreneur, online pioneer and media artist. She produces interactive artworks that stimulate young participants to form an opinion on global issues and to express it in a creative form. Their surprising results are shown to a broad audience: from festivals to European Policymakers and CEO’s.
The HOLY Animation Platform hosts over 50.000 members that participated in educational programs at schools and organisations, who together made 24.000 animation clips about important issues such as sustainability, circular economy and tolerance . Her most recent project: Scale Down Challenge, encourages participants in a humorous way to rethink their consumption habits

The facilitators

Andrew Green
Host of The What If Waste Podcast

My name is Andrew but everyone calls me Greenie, it’s an Australian thing. I’m the ever-curious host and interviewer for The What If Waste Podcast, a series that hopes to change people’s view of waste by examining solutions from the circular economy. I’m also an alumni from The Centre For Sustainability Leadership, the Creative Director of Konichigram–an Instagram-only advertising agency, a former employee at VICE NYC, an Amsterdammer, and a purveyor of quick witted Dad-jokes that I hope you find funny. I’m excited to meet people who work to rethink, reduce, reuse, or recycle waste.

Rieta Aliredjo
Founder and Chair of the Board Stars Are Circular Foundation

Everything is energy. To what purpose we use our own energy is perhaps one of the most important questions in life. I’ve decided to work on social ventures and collaborations that benefit people, planet and our collective prosperity. 
Rieta is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Stars Are Circular Foundation (the event organiser). The Stars Are Circular Foundation provides kids and families with the information and tools needed to develop into conscious, innovative and collaborative participants in a circular economy through the enhancement of social, creative and entrepreneurial skills. 


15:00 walk in and welcome at SpringHouse
15:30 Introduction of the Stars Are Circular Foundation
16:00 Panel conversation connected live with the online audience of THINKDIF 2017
17:00 Drinks, networking and celebrations in honor of the establishment of our foundation on the 18th of October.