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A one-day intensive workshop for creative practitioners and businesses on the circular economy.
Hosted at the London Design Biennale in partnership with Makerversity, this one-day workshop will draw on the wealth of research, design practice and thought leadership on the circular economy, to explore opportunities for creative practitioners and businesses. The workshop will be led by Sophie Thomas, Designer and Founding Director of Thomas.Matthews.
The circular economy is a bold idea that has the potential to transform our relationship with materials. It describes how we can move from a linear model - where we "take, make and dispose" of materials - to design principles and business models that are regenerative and environmentally conscious.
As a major sector in the UK economy, with a turnover in excess of £80bn and employing 1.8 million people, the creative industries could play a significant role in driving change. Embedding circularity will reduce environmental damage, demonstrate leadership and contribute to behaviour change more widely across the economy.
Programmes such as The Great Recovery have already demonstrated how waste can be ‘designed out’ from our economy, making significant efficiencies for business, improving the customer experience and reducing environmental impacts.
We will cover:
An introduction to the circular economy
Overview of business models and design approaches based on the circular economy
Case studies of how creative practitioners and businesses are contributing to the circular economy already
Practical work to apply circular principles to your business and/or creative process
Sophie Thomas is Designer and Founding Director of Thomas.Matthews.
Sophie has been working in the fields of sustainable design and circular economy, behaviour change and material process through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews ltd for over 19 years and as Director of Design for Useful Simple Projects.
She has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around communication, waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies, and has worked with major organisations including P&G, Howies and Samsung on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns.
She has extensive practical experience in delivering innovative and highly sustainable design and through her personal campaign work has been cited as a pioneer in the new creative trends happening in protests and campaigns. Within her business she works with complex and multi-layered clients, from the public consultation programme for the Olympic Park Legacy Masterplan, to the wayfinding signage and identity for the award winning Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
A long-term interest in materials led Sophie to share her experience of closed-loop thinking with other designers. In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain, that ran through the RSA until 2016. She is a trustee of WRAPand the Useful Simple Trust, past trustee of the Design Council and was Director of Design and Circular Economy at the RSA.
The workshop is relevant for individuals and micro-businesses, as well as small to medium enterprises, and is open to artists, designers and cultural professionals from across the creative industries, including music and the performing arts, visual arts, design, fashion, and TV and film.
This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Places are free, booking is essential. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For tickets to the London Design Biennale visit the LDB website.
This workshop is supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network.