Trends in the Circular Economy and Urbanisation

Dion Chang is the Founder of Flux Trends. He’s a business strategist, trends columnist and professional cage rattler. We explore trends in the circular economy, case studies, the sharing economy, Generation Z, the great real estate reshuffle, urban migration and the future of work.

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This episode explores

  • The definition of a circular city/ circular economy.
  • Trends accelerated by the pandemic.
  • Mindset shifts from consumers towards more sustainable options.
  • The role cities should play in implementing the transition towards a circular economy model.
  • How citisens should be activated to participate in the circular economy.
  • Case studies (e.g. LOOP, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, H&M Group, etc.).
  • Closing the green gap.
  • Global and African trends in circular cities.
  • Embedding a sharing economy within a city.
  • Sharing and Circular economy in Paris.
  • Incentives to recycle.
  • How to integrate the circular economy into education (spoiler: Not via a curriculum).
  • Dion’s passion for tracking Generation Z.
  • Trends in urban migration and how it might play out post pandemic.
  • The great real estate reshuffle.
  • The future of work.
  • Changes in the way we live and therefor our cities.


About Dion Chang
Dion Chang will make you think differently.

He is a strategic thinker, keynote speaker, a walking ideas bank and professional cage rattler.

He is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, which takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”.

Flux Trends specialises in identifying unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, and specifically the impact of disruptive technologies – across all industries – ensuring that global trends have relevance when translated for African, and South African businesses.

Dion is passionate about assisting companies embrace change and embedding a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems. As a result, he is used as a management consultant for businesses facing change and struggling to adapt to a new world order.

He will see your blind spots and is not afraid to ask those difficult or uncomfortable questions.

He lectures Foresight and Innovation Implementation modules for executives and senior management at various business schools, including GIBS, UCT’s Graduate School of Business and Duke CE. He has devised and hosted three trend conferences, published three trend books and sits on the advisory board of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at WITS.

Apart from being an information source for cross-industry trends for many journalists, he also writes columns for City Press, Acumen (a C-suite business quarterly for GIBS) and is a regular podcast contributor to eBizRadio.

His 20-year experience in the media industry as a journalist and media spokesperson, enables him to provide insights into the ever-changing relationship between brands, consumers and the communication channels that bind them.

He has a deep passion for youth trends and subcultures, as well as for solution-based innovation for greater good.

He is an intrepid traveller, global citizen and proud South African.
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About Flux Trends

Flux Trends helps to distill the barrage of information that is hurled at us in the 21st century. We identify and analyze macro trends (everything from politics, religion, youth culture, media, entertainment and technology) that affect social dynamics and therefore our business interactions, and then package this information into digestible chunks, allowing small or corporate businesses to re-assess the business and social landscape and formulate new, forward thinking, marketing or business strategies.

Visit: www.fluxtrends.com

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