Sustainable Design and Production | The Disruptive Design Method

Learn the eco-design strategy toolset and how to create sustainable products, services, and systems

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Discover how to activate best-practice sustainable and ecodesign strategies to activate a toolset that enables the development of sustainable products, services, and systems.

Become a Sustainable Designer!

So, now that you are ready to produce your own ideas, how do you make sure no harm is accidentally caused in the process? Everything that is produced in the world requires that something else be destroyed; it’s the egg expensed for the omelet, for example. When we create anything, we need to consider the impacts that its form will have from a life-cycle perspective, and then design approaches that minimize potentially negative impacts and maximize the regenerative elements. You are well aware of the impact that design has – intended or not – in the big three systems (ecological, social, industrial) that create the world as we know it, and, you know the importance of designing with an ethical framework to avoid the problems that externalities can cause--so how do you go about putting it all together in order to be sustainably savvy in implementation?

This class teaches the techniques and tools producers need to know when designing interventions that have low-impact outcomes, from an environmental sustainability perspective. You will learn how to implement eco-design strategies and sustainable production practices. This knowledge session provides the framework for thinking through production and project evolution to build more sustainable solutions into the design of products, systems, and services. We also take a deeper look at circular economy models and methods for evaluating impact.

This class is an enrichment opportunity for change makers who want to better understand how to create interventions with a low-impact outcome.

Key Concepts: creating sustainable products, services and systems; eco-design strategies; best practices in sustainable production


Your Instructor

Leyla Acaroglu
Leyla Acaroglu

Designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability, design, and education. As a designer, sociologist, educator, and sustainability provocateur, Leyla is widely known as a pioneer of using design as a catalyst for effecting positive social change. Her main stage TED Talk has over a million views, and she is an author and award-winning designer. Her current projects are all about disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge and challenging the status quo around what it means to be ‘sustainable’. She is the founder of The UnSchool, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is the developer of the Disruptive Design Method.


Learning Outcomes:

» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Develop a thorough understanding of the eco-design strategies set.

» REFLEXIVITY: Demonstrate the ability to identify potential impacts and design for minimization while increasing awareness of a variety of methods for

evaluating environmental impacts in production.

» SYSTEMS THINKING: Understand how to use Life Cycle Assessment and other techniques for reducing impact of produced goods and services.

» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Push the boundaries of new practices for sustainable production.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

The Disruptive Design Method

The Disruptive Design Method is a three-part process for activating social change. It is underpinned by our 12-unit Design Methodology of high-level concepts and content for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.

This is session 10 of 12 in the full knowledge set.

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