Below are case studies and other materials that we use in workshops and classes to teach principles related to the circular economy and to help participants think through possibilities for developing systems that are more just and sustainable.


Storytelling for Impact

This is an active-learning lecture in which participants learn the elements of a story and basic story-writing techniques. Participants have the chance to practice what they learned in a piece-by-piece fashion in a welcoming, learning environment.

Visual Storytelling

This class teaches the basics of visual storytelling, We cover the basic elements of story and storyboarding. We also go into how-tos on visual storytelling and basic video editing. Participants have the chance to practice what they learn and develop a short, edited film project.

Man Recording Video

Podcasting 101

Participants learn the basics of podcasting, including recording, editing, and publishing. Once they learn the basics, they get to create a recording of their own in a safe, step-by-step process.

Case Studies

Floundering Fisherman

A firm that’s dominant in the regional fishing industry deals with declining catches and looks at opportunities to change its approach.

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Coconut Castoffs

A food product manufacturer looks for opportunities in their wastes.

Holistic Hotels

A boutique hotel’s customers learn that they weren’t living up to their green messaging.

Philanthropic Fiasco

A firm tries to do good. but misses the mark. A new manager needs to learn from the existing challenges and plot a new path forward.

Fantasy Island

This case looks at a fictional Andaman island that’s split between a large resort and a local community dealing with growing challenges, including ocean plastics and climate change.

Models of Impact

The models are used in case studies and discussions to help participants look at different ways of solving problems.