CONTENT + SKILLS GAINED

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

This introductory class, the first in the Circular Economy series, makes the case for changing the economic mechanisms within which we currently exist and shifting from high waste to high value goods and services. By the end, you will understand the difference between our existing, resource-draining linear systems and the circular systems needed for a regenerative, sustainable future. You’ll learn about both the Circular Economy model and movement and will gain insight into how governments, industries and individuals are shifting towards it.
CONTENT + SKILLS GAINED

WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Understand what the circular economy is, in theory and in practice

  • Gain insight into the differences between the circular economy and the linear system of production, consumption and then waste that has been the status quo since the industrial revolution.

  • Learn about the growing movement, from governments to industries, to shift towards a circular economy

  • Explore negative impacts tied to our resource-intensive and waste-filled linear system

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, 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 togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
    Show Content
    • A Welcome Message From Leyla
    • Start here!
    • Brain warm-up
    • A quick note before you start...
  • 02
    Breaking it down - What is the Circular Economy?
    Show Content
    • About the Circular Economy
    • Video: What is the Circular Economy?
    • Knowledge Check NEED
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
    • A Message From Leyla

LINEAR TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

DISCOVER WHY WE NEED TO MOVE FROM

Since the birth of the industrial revolution humans have rapidly formed a ‘linear’ system of production, consumption and then waste. 

This resource intensive and waste filled system has many negative impacts on the planet and people, which is why the growing movement of the circular economy is appealing to so many governments, industry leaders and everyday people. 

The circular economy is a smarter and more effective way of producing things that humans needs that have value in the economy and that don't create so much waste, pollution, exploration and negative impacts. 

By taking this class you will get the 360 perspective of what the circular economy is, how it applies to different levels of decision making, all the theories and practices that go into making it work from biomimicry, cradle to cradle to sustainable design and product service system models. 

The class also includes case studies of pioneering industries shifting to the circular systems model of production and the ways in which you can help activate this progressive and powerful movement for a more sustainable and healthy future. 

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