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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

This introductory class makes the case for changing the economic mechanisms within which we currently exist and for 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 that we need for a regenerative, sustainable future. You’ll learn about both the Circular Economy model and movement, as well as gain insight into how governments, industries, and individuals are shifting toward it.

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 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

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01

    Welcome

    • A Welcome Message From Leyla

    • Welcome to the Introduction to the Circular Economy Class

    • A quick note before you start...

  • 02

    The Circular Economy

    • Read: An overview of the Circular Economy

    • Watch: What is the Circular Economy?

    • Read: Eliminating Waste

    • Read: Unintended Consequences

    • Activity: Circular Economy Learning Action

  • 03

    Moving from Linear to Circular

    • Read: From the Linear to the Circular Economy

    • Watch: Moving from Linear to Circular

    • Read: Circular Thinking

    • Read: Core Concepts, Technical and Circular Flows

    • Explore: Circular Economy Concepts

    • Explore: Technical and Biological Flows

    • Activity: From Linear to Circular Economy Reflection

  • 04

    Circular Economy Principles

    • Read: Circular Design

    • Watch: Circular Design

    • Read: Circular Strategies

    • Explore: Circular Economy Strategies

    • Explore: Circular Economy Business Strategies

    • Read: Glossary of Terms

    • Download: The Circular ReDesign Toolkit

  • 05

    Extra Content

    • Watch: The Circular Economy Explainer Video

    • Additional Resources and Links

  • 06

    Completion

    • Check your Knowledge Quick Quiz

    • A Thank You 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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