Service design for a more circular economy

Research & Impact Event


Fab Lab, London

  • Circular economy
  • Design

What exactly is service design? Why do we need it and why is it particularly important for creating a circular economy?

In these day-long workshops, The Great Recovery team will introduce the concept of service design and will cover its basic applications and benefits to business for a circular economy, taking participants through a design process with practical exercises.

Using Innovate UK’s funded competitions (e.g. ‘recovering valuable materials from waste’ / ‘circular economy: business models’) as a reference point, we will explore the practicalities and challenges of designing services and systems that work for a 21st century world.

In this first day workshop of two, participants will use design research tools to discover and define opportunities for ‘human-centred’ services. We will work in teams on three practical briefs, heading out at lunchtime to hunt for ‘real world’ insights. These will be brought back to the lab, and be used to understand and identify the opportunities for a service design approach in a circular economy.

We are also hosting a second workshop, 'Developing a Service Solution in a Circular Economy' on 19 March 2014.

Both workshops are free, with morning and afternoon refreshments provided, but you will be asked to pay for your own lunch.

Spaces are limited – sign up here to reserve your place on workshop 1!

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