WELCOME TO THE CIRCULAR DESIGN LAB
We launched with an ambition to tackle entrenched environmental and social challenges-
ranging from waste management, plastics and air pollution, to food and fashion supply chains. Our site gives an overview, including our 2019-2021 journey map with full documentation, yet more of the conversation is alive in our community group here and page here.
We are an experimental (open innovation) lab – led 100% by a team of volunteers. We bring people together to address environmental and social challenges using systemic and circular design as as process pathway to explore systems intervention possibilities- or in other words- possible solutions to challenges, yet always with a systems thinking (and doing) lens in our workshops and program design.
It's 2021- and we've just been through a year being redefined by COVID-19 each day. We ourselves are reframing and curious to recast what is possible. We invite you to work with us on challenging the status quo and work towards #climateaction, #circulardesign and regenerative futures.
What We Do
We leverage an ecosystem approach that embraces collaboration to get things done as a community. From curated panel discussions, to custom systemic design workshops to tackle a complex contemporary challenges our platform is always evolving.
Our first "lab case" was focused on Bangkok's Waste Management System. In this first launch round we had 3 teams develop prototypes to tackle: mindsets, single use plastic, food waste and recycling systems.
For our 2.0 lab we have integrated more themes, including air pollution, fashion/clothing supply chains, ocean plastic, while continuing with waste management systems. We are developing our 3.0 lab for 2021 to build on what we have started, yet to include food systems as well.
How To Join
We deeply believe in the power of inclusion and diversity – and from talks to workshops we invite all people, from all walks of life to join. There are easy ways to get involved- start by signing up for updates and showing up. You can also drop us a note if you have a specific idea or question in mind.
Our structure is flat and organic. We don't have a hierarchy, but we do have dedicated and self-organizing doers. We are a 'team of teams' and will be sharing our learnings as we go as part of the Presencing Institute's Societal Transformation Lab . This is a larger initiative – we are one of 300 teams around the world convening to work on local issues. You can see the current volunteer team and growing network of affinity partners here. If you are curious about what else we have been doing, we invite you to check out our reflections from the lab too.
© 2021 Circular Design Lab
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.