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Design thinking for the circular economy-Workshop 2: DESIGN THINKING; TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

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Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended

Understanding design, design thinking and systems thinking is integral for putting circular economy principles into practice. Thinking and mapping at a systems level allows us to see the various elements at play around a product or service. Design thinking then helps us to generate new ways of doing things that are more sustainable. This series of three workshops will give you a sound understanding of how to approach designing for the Circular Economy, introduce you to various tools and techniques to help you put it into practice, and offer guided practical application of some techniques.


Design is an intentional and iterative enquiry that involves taking risks and developing new knowledge. This workshop further unpacks the tools and techniques of design thinking that helps guide enquiry and find new solutions. These skills will help you to reimagine products and services to be circular and regenerative.


  • Businesses and industry professionals who want to learn about how to use design and design thinking in their work
  • Councils, government, industry professionals who want to learn about and see the power of design and design thinking in their work and projects
  • Individuals who have a Circular Economy idea or project that they are trying to get off the ground or need help developing
  • Anyone looking to learn more about how to apply design and design thinking to circular economy projects

Facilitator: Harriet Watts

Harriet is a designer and academic with experience working across object, textile and exhibition design, concept design and creative thinking. Her practice frequently engages with sustainable design theory and wider ecological thought, including ideas around materials value, use-life, ephemerality and change. Her work often explores less material intense ways of living.

As a Sessional Academic, Harriet has taught across design (including concept design, design process, and making processes), sustainable design, and using research and design processes to approach complex real-world problems. Her teaching spans the Bachelor of Design, Masters of Coursework and Masters of Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. 

In addition, Harriet has been a guest speaker and panellist for various industry engagements and events including at the Fashion Circular Economy Hackathon at MCIC, UNSW Sydney, Ideas Intersecting – Innovation in Design at UNSW Art & Design and the Australian Design Centre. She also has experience teaching public workshops focused on design and making skills.

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