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16/10/2021 @ 09:30 – 13/11/2021 @ 18:00
Brussels and Ghent
EUR 10 (5 EUR x training day)

System Changemakers 2021: From Planned Obsolescence to a Wellbeing Economy

16 October – 13 November

Are you curious where the metals in your smartphone come from and ready to take action to create a more just and circular world with the Right to Repair?

The System Changemakers 2021 program consists of two training days in Brussels (16th October) and Gent (13th November).

This year, our program is focused on the link between catastrophic large-scale mining and planned obsolescence – the ICT industry’s deliberate phasing out of technology that leads to over 54 million tonnes of e-waste per year.

So, what’s the alternative? by enrolling in System Changemakers, you will be equipped to take action to build a more just society organised around the principles of Degrowth.

Provisional Program:

16 October (9h30 – 18h) – Brussels (exact location TBC)

  • General introductions + Getting to know each other

  • CATAPA Demines: Introduction to CATAPA and the destructive impact of large-scale mining

  • Digging into Degrowth: What role will you play in the just transition?

  • Introducing our new campaign: Planned Obsolescence – what’s the problem and how can we create change?

13 November 9h30 – 18h – Ghent (Buurthuis Het Hoeveke, Patijntjestraat 62)

  • Workshop: ‘How do we introduce Degrowth thought and practices in our everyday interactions?’

  • Action training session: Play an active part in our campaign by planning your own street action

Price: €10 (2 x €5 per training day): to cover lunch costs. You’ll receive instructions for payment after inscription. If you are unable to pay please let us know and alternative arrangements will be sought.

You can find the Registration form here

Places for System Changemakers 2021 are limited. If you sign up, we expect you to attend both events (Brussels 16/10 and Gent 13/11). If you can’t make it after all, please inform us so we can offer your place to someone else!


*We will serve vegan food. If you have any allergies or intolerance please let us know in our contact email.

*We want this event to be accessible to anyone. If you encounter any financial, language or other barriers, or if you have any questions about accessibility, please feel free to send an email to connor.cashell[at]

*In this training trajectory there is no room for sexism, racism, trans- or LGBT-phobia and other forms of hate.

*System Changemakers 2021 sessions will be held in English. If that is a barrier for you, please feel free to contact us and we will explore interpretation options.

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