What It's All About...


Learn to re-think the economic system you experience every day so you can take action towards a sustainable future.


  • 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.
  • Explore negative impacts tied to our resource-intensive and waste-filled linear system
  • Learn about the growing movement, from governments to industries, to shift towards a circular economy
  • Discover ways that you can embrace the circular economy


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.

New classes will be added to this series to lay a roadmap towards building our systems in new ways.

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Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

Design disruptor, creative boundary pusher, and sustainability provocateur, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu  embodies the innovation that instigates positive environmental and social change. A designer, social scientist and entrepreneur, she is internationally recognized as a global leader in sustainability, design, systems thinking and the circular economy. As the creator of the Disruptive Design Method Leyla is invited to work with governments, corporations and organizations around the world supporting their transition to a circular and sustainable future.  For her work, Leyla has won several awards and was announced in 2016 as Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme. She is frequently invited to speak at high-level events around the world with her mainstage TED talk having collected over one million views. She is the founder of Disiprt Design and the CO Project Farm in Portugal. As founder of The UnSchool she is constantly exploring new ways of rapidly transferring knowledge and capacity to people interested in making a positive impact on the planet.