Embracing full systems sustainability offers the major business innovation opportunity of our time — but the road map to sustainable transformation is not always clear. This guidebook demystifies the transformation process by laying out what sustainability is (and isn’t), sharing the tools needed to overcome organizational change barriers and providing tactical approaches to infusing sustainability into the organizational DNA through its operations, products and experiences.

3-Step Process Toward Sustainability in Business

Sustainability can be complex and overwhelming at times. By understanding the terminology, methods, and best practice assessment tools, you can take action and design the approaches that will work best in your industry and organization. This 4 week sprint has been designed after thousands of hours of workshops, trainings, projects and professional expertise in the area of operational, product and experiential aspects of sustainability in business and organizations. It is designed to support an assessment and action-oriented approach to transforming business practices to be more sustainable.



How do we all contribute to designing a future that works better for all of us? By transitioning our products, businesses, governments, and communities to a circular and regenerative future by design. We can all see the system failures of a reductive and linear approach to meeting human needs, so now is the time to use our creative capacity to challenge the status quo, to design products and services that maintain and increase value over time, to create a post-disposable future, and to activate a positive contribution to this beautiful planet we all share. This fourth handbook in the Make Change series by Leyla Acaroglu defines the key tools of Circular Systems Design, systems thinking, life cycle thinking and product service systems models.


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Written by Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Author Bio:

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker