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

As an award-winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, social scientist and entrepreneur, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people 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 and environmental change through creative interventions. She is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, and two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. In 2017 she founded a not-for-profit Brain Spa for creative optimists on a farm in the Portuguese countryside.  

Leyla is an inspiring communicator and educator with a PhD in how to make change in the world by design.