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Restorative by Design

Jules Hayward and Sven Herrmann | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Restorative by Design

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The Foundation works on developing a multi-disciplinary framework for how teaching and learning can most effectively engage with a generation to build a circular economy and share best teaching practices with institutions globally. We will present two projects that we're currently undertaking to highlight the work we do around education and insight. DIF - In October 2014 the Foundation curated the first Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), bringing together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, educators, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy. The overarching theme of the festival is around showcasing and exploring ideas that work towards building a regenerative economy. The festival has a particular focus on how to activate entrepreneurs and designers within the global economy to rethink the future and engage with these emerging opportunities. In this presentation we will review the valuable input and the role educators and universities play on the future of education in relation to a circular economy. Circularity Indicators - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design were granted funding to develop a new methodology to measure circularity of products and deliver a web-based tool that will provide businesses with the tools required to track their progress in delivering a circular economy based business model. These product level circularity indicators will support businesses in creating accurate, measurable and consistent parameters for tracking their circularity progress and measuring impact. This work is open for review by investors, regulators, and educators. Here we will ask if this methodology could help engage students with the concept of a circular economy and to help businesses to engage with the design of circular products. Examples of use will be shown with a simple case study.