The EcoDesign Learning Factory: Circular Service Design Workshop

Business is doing great, but the planet is moaning. This has to stop. But how? Join the new format of the EcoDesign Learning Factory: A pilot on Circular Service Design! This brand new format combines different methods from various fields to boost circular economy – and we need you and your brain to make it better.

But what exactly are we going to do?

In this 2 day workshop, we will explore ways to envision and build circular services of the future. Using methods from various fields like system thinking, service design and speculative design, you will be working on a fictional scenario, defining challenges and creating solutions for an exemplary industry.

Who should participate ?

The workshop is targeted mainly for Finnish and Estonian participants. We are looking for designers, industry professionals, product developers, environmental managers, business developers, and marketing experts. Anyone, who is curious about the potential of circular service design. Important – you don’t need to be an expert in any of those fields. This workshop is targeted towards beginner level.

So, if you are a circular, speculative or system pro already, you might rather choose a different format.

What’s in it for me?

You will gain a first understanding of circular processes and actively create potential services. By going through the methods you will develop a feeling for the approach and get inspired for your daily work – who knows – maybe you will become an advocate for circular economy within your organisation – the world needs people like you.


The workshop is facilitated by design professionals from Fjord Berlin and applied environmental scientists of Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin.

Fjord is a global design and innovation agency. With a human-centred approach, we design meaningful experiences for real situations, and build products and services that people love. We are partnering with the Fraunhofer Institut for a shared goal to enable organisations to create change from within, through methodologies that align with both people and the planet.

Fraunhofer IZM is one the world’s leading institutes for applied research and the development and system integration of robust and reliable electronics. Emerging challenges are addressed in branches such as automotive and industrial electronics, medical engineering, ICT and semiconductor technology. New products and technologies have to comply with an increasing range of strict specifications, and at the same time have to be cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.  The Department Environmental and Reliability Engineering supports technological developments until they reach market maturity with environmental and reliability analysis reaching from nano-characterisation level to evaluation and optimisation at the system level.

When is it?

The EcoDesign Learning Factory: Circular Service Design Workshop
24–25 September 2020
10.00–17.00 EEST

Feeling intrigued? The Finnish quota of participants is full but if you are based in Estonia, sign up here! We can’t wait to meet you in our virtual laboratory!

As this happens to be a pilot we would like to collect your feedback afterwards in order to refine our methodology.

Workshop is free of charge but requires registration.

Kuva: Paul Talbot

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Projektipäällikkö, Design Forum -tilaisuudet, jäsenyys

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