Minimize environmental impact by circular design

The climate crisis is intensivying and many companies along side governments and consumers are taking action to contribute their share to drive needed changes. One key element in addressing the changing requirements is the shift towards a circular economy. Away from a make, use, depose system towards a system that efficiently uses resources and energy.

At the core of this shift are circular products, services and business models that address user needs while ensuring design decisions that consider environmental and societal impacts.

The training is built around the Ecodesign Learning Factory concept developed by Fraunhofer IZM, that integrates life-cycle thinking with design thinking and covers the initial steps when working with circular design.

You’ll learn

  1. The goal of the Circular Design Training is to provide a quick and easy way for the participants to evolve from a circular design beginner into a circular design practitioner. The training offers the participants methods and know-how to develop economically and environmentally friendly products and services, to minimize their environmental impacts along their life cycle and to motivate companies to take a step towards the Circular Economy.
  2. Understand key trends and cicular economy concepts in the context of product & service development
  3. Get to know and apply concrete tools and methodologies for circular design
  4. Develop needed skills to develop circular products and services

Content of the training days

The overall training approach is based on the Design sprint methodology.

The training is organized in six phases: Introduction, Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver and Validate, furthermore divided into 8 sprints

Day 1, 2 x 3 hour sessions Framing and understanding – getting to know circular economy and design; understand the challenge

Day 2, 2 x 3 hour sessions – Concrete Problem Solving & Business Model

Day 3, 1 x 3 hour session – Train-the-Trainer

For whom?

The training is for professionals from product design and –development (designers and engineers), sales, marketing and business development – people who have some experience in their working environment and are motivated beginners in the field of circular design. In general, anyone with an interest in learning how to adopt circular design practices and who would like to seize the opportunities offered by Circular Economy may participate.

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