The No.1 Problem: A World Toilet Day 2017 Special Event

  • 25 August 2017
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • Roca Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai

November 19th, 2017 marks the 16th World Toilet Day, as well as an annual opportunity to focus attention on the importance of proper sanitation and advocating for the access to clean and safe toilets for all.

Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right. While under the pressure of growing population and urbanization, a large part of the population in developing countries lack access to proper sanitation and clean water. Policy makers as well as general public have not yet fully understand the importance of improving sanitation solutions. Governments have a hard time regulating water supply & sanitation, while most sanitation facilities are often designed without any consultation with the very people who would use them.

Green Initiatives is partnering with the We Are Water Foundation and Upbeing, to conduct a series of activities on 16th November to support the World Toilet Day.


  • The 4-step journey of human excrements: containment, transport, treatment and disposal and this year's specific focus of waste water generation.
  • How your food consumption defines your excrement production and thus the consumption of water and toilet paper.
  • How toilet design has changed over time and how your physical health it being affected thereby.
  • A look into your state of mind when nature calls and acquire techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

Event Itinerary

  • 19:30-19:45 Introduction to World Toilet Day by Green Initiatives & ROCA
  • 19:45-20:00 Presentation by Knut Wimberger: The 4-Step Journey of the Human Poo
  • 20:00-20:15 Community Project Case Study by Formosa: Public Engagement on Eco Toilets.
  • 20:20-20:50 Workshop by Chloe Attali and Louis: How Your Toilet Posture Affects Your Health and Learn More About Your Toilet State of Mind.
  • 20:50-21:15 More Drinks & Networking


Knut Wimberger
Background: Knut helps executive management with organizational development challenges in a Far East Asian context and supports key individuals to unfold their potential. He believes in the healing force of finding one’s vocation and is driven by giving others deeper meaning in their work. He founded the Hong Kong incorporated consultancy Telos Pi in 2016 and acts as its managing partner. Prior to finding his own vocation, he served as managing director of Fronius China, a European headquartered technology leader in robotics welding, battery charging and photovoltaics, which he helped to build into a CNY 200 million revenue business as of 2015. Earlier stations in his career include a stint as technology attaché at the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai, and two assignments in the technology law industry with a Vienna based technology transfer agency and an international law firm. Knut holds a Masters of Law and specialized in technology transfer and intellectual propery, as well as a Bachelors in Far East Asian Studies. He is fluent in German, English and Chinese and lives since 2009 with his wife and two children in Shanghai.

Qiuling (Formosa) Wu
Bio: Founder of Upbeing, participated in various eco community projects since 2012, and has the certificate of sustainable design. She has many years of working experience in social enterprise and NGO world. She is the alumni of American Express Academy and member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. She also has multi project experience on Industrial design, independent film festivals, tea Taoism workshops, ecological construction, charity concert, Waldorf education, organic farm, etc.

Chloe Attali & Louis (Workshop Moderators)
Dr Louis is both US and HK trained. He holds a doctors degree in physical therapy and is a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist. Louis likes to see all kinds of challenging problems around musculoskeletal issues. Constipation, inappropriate postures and lack of awareness on mechanical forces can always lead to back pain, causing a lot of discomfort to individuals. He currently practices in Shanghai.
Chloé Attali has been voluteering at Green Initiatives since she arrived in Shanghai over a year ago. With GI she has helped in organizing  events, the useLESS water campaign and spring cleaning week.  Chloé spends her time pursuing her passions which include conscious sustainable living, art and cultural events, traveling and yoga.


  • Event is free for all attendees, thanks to the support of the We Are Water Foundation.
  • Light snacks and beverages will be served to the attendees.
  • For any questirons or feedback please drop us a line.

Event Details

25 Aug 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roca Shanghai Gallery, 396 Caoxibei Road, Near Nandan Road, Shanghai
Xujiahui Station, Line 1/9/11, Exit 11