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The Future of The Circular Economy

21 October, 2015, 1:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Afternoon Workshop
1.30 pm – 4 pm

The RSA Teardown/design-up workshop
The Great Recovery’s trademark workshop
This is a thoroughly interesting and exciting workshop; a hands on activity that will engage people with the challenges and opportunities of the circular economy in practice through the design methodology tool of teardown. Taking everyday products we will guide participants through the deconstruction process, mapping out material sources and supply chains as we go. Using our Four Design Models for Circularity and Business Canvas we will then look at the options for redesign and will start to consider prototyping new products or services that fit within a circular system.
Spaces are limited for this workshop, it will be a first come, first served basis.

Evening Seminar
4.30 pm – 7.45 pm

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart
For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He co-authored (with William McDonough) the bestselling book of the same name, and has lectured at universities in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise has been published in numerous international magazines and journals. He has worked with several scientific institutes and companies across a range of industries, and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems and intelligent materials pooling. Prof. Dr. Braungart will talk about Cradle to Cradle: Building blocks of the Circular Economy, our capability to think circular and create high-quality alternatives which are beneficial for humans and nature. In such a circular economy which is based on Cradle to Cradle methods and philosophy, material flows, products and buildings/cities support the relationship between ecological systems.

Sophie Thomas from The RSA (Royal Society for The Encouragements of Arts)
Disruptive design and the circular economy: The Great Recovery is run by the RSA and supported by Innovate UK. They work with designers to policy makers, waste managers to academics to investigate the challenges of waste and the opportunities of a circular economy through the lens of design. Sophie will discuss the findings of this research and their collaboration with Fab Lab London.

The event will also include talks from NTU’s Professor Tim Cooper and Naomi Braithwaite.

This event is funded by D2N2. For more information and to book for the event please visit Nottingham Trent University


21 October, 2015
1:30 pm - 7:45 pm


Nottingham Trent University


Newton building, Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 4BU United Kingdom
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