What is the Disruptive Innovation Festival?

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online platform which aims to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy.

It invites people to share disruptive ideas and stories on a number of topics and attracts a worldwide audience, sparking critical conversations and participation through a combination of live interviews, films, and podcasts.

The details

When is it on?
6th - 23rd November 2018

Where can I join?
The DIF is fully accessibly online at thinkdif.co.

Who is behind it?
The DIF is curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Who contributes at the DIF?
The DIF shares disruptive ideas and stories on a number of topics to spark conversations with a global audience.

Session formats include:

- DIF Studio - live sessions from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation studio.
- DIF on Air - live sessions streamed via Google Hangouts.
- DIF Films - pre-recorded visual content.
- DIF Podcasts - pre-recorded audio conversations.

Sessions featured at the DIF are often organised by external organisations who showcase their latest thinking and activities. Universities, companies, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and authors have all been regular contributors to the DIF in recent years.

Are sessions in different languages?
The DIF’s working language is English. However, we encourage pre-recorded content in other languages with the addition of subtitles. You can also help us to translate the DIF by adding subtitles to existing content. Find out more on our Translate the DIF page.

Why is it free?
The DIF is a crowdsourced event which provides empowering open access for contributors who want to showcase their new ideas, thinking and initiatives with a global audience.

The DIF is also made possible thanks to the generous support of the players of Peoples Postcode Lottery who continue to support the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the DIF in the transition towards a circular economy.

My DIF Account

The DIF is an open access event, however we do recommend getting a My DIF account which will provide you with the full DIF experience including:

Running up to the DIF:

  • Regular DIF newsletters - preceding the live DIF we only send out newsletters every other month - so we promise we won't spam your inbox!
  • Receive an alert when the call for speakers opens and apply to host a session


During the DIF:

  • Recommended sessions based on your own interests
  • The ability to bookmark the sessions you want to attend and create your own schedule
  • Be part of an enriching discussion with the comment feature enabled on every session page


After the DIF:

  • Access DIF on Demand and get an extra month to watch any sessions you missed after the Festival ends

Register here for your My DIF account to access extra benefits and supercharge your DIF experience!

Speak at the DIF

Share your ideas and innovations with a global audience. Each year the DIF team are on the look-out for entrepreneurs, designers, educators and other innovators who would like to speak.

Applications to Apply to Speak for this year's Festival have now closed. If you're interested in speaking at DIF 2019, let us know here.

Meet the DIF Team

Find out about each member of the DIF team and the part they play to put together and run the largest online Festival of ideas.

The DIF Team.

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