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DIF on AIR Foster change with the Circular Design Lab

  • Speakers:
  • Chris Oestereich, Courtney Savie Lawrence, Jett Virangkabutra, Praewa Satutum
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The Circular Design Lab is a self-organized, citizen-driven project focused on prototyping and delivering solutions to humanity's biggest challenges. Led by a team of volunteers, they bring people together to address environmental and social challenges using circular design as a pathway to explore systems intervention possibilities- or in other words- solutions to challenges.

To do so, the group carefully curates panel discussions and custom systemic design workshops to tackle a complex contemporary challenge. Their first lab case is focused on Bangkok's Waste Management System and the group just kicked off the 2.0 Lab to include Air Pollution and Unsustainable Fast Fashion.

In this session, Chris and Courtney will share the story of their journey to launch and foster a community of change makers, and will share an overview of the framework they are using to rethink systems for broadly beneficial outcomes. Tune in to the session to find out more!


Speakers

Chris Oestereich

Chris Oestereich

Co-founder, Circular Design Lab

Chris is a writer, speaker, and doer who focuses on circular systems. He lectures at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies and formerly led US grocery industry zero waste programs. Chris helps firms reduce waste and improve returns via Linear to Circular, and he’s launching Full Circle Filament, a social enterprise that works with informal waste collectors to create high-quality recycled 3D printing filament. Chris also partners with Endeva and he's a co-founder of the Circular Design Lab.

Courtney Savie Lawrence

Courtney Savie Lawrence

Co-founder, Circular Design Lab

Courtney thrives in work that pairs innovation and sustainable development to bring system-changing projects to life. She pursues social impact using systemic design to develop market-based solutions. Courtney currently works with the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre as Head of Exploration and volunteers as a Founding Project Leads for the Circular Design Lab. She previously co-founded two social enterprises and has worked in and among large scale organizations like Ashoka and the UN, and she’s collaborated with centers such as MIT's D-lab and Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute.

Jett Virangkabutra

Jett Virangkabutra

Co-founder, Circular Design Lab

Jett is an independent Design Educator. His international experience includes organising workshops and teaching at the Stanford d. school and the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, and product design at King Mongkut University of Technology. He provides innovation consultation and capacity building for the public sector using Design Thinking. His expertise is in the areas of Service Design, Human-Centered Design, Toy and Play Design, and Product Development. He has worked with organizations such as UNDP, NGOs, and various government institutions, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

Praewa Satutum

Praewa Satutum

Co-founder, Circular Design Lab

Praewa is a co-creator and social innovation educator at Thammasat University. She co-leads Circular Design Lab and oversees several public innovation lab projects including those under the Digital Policy Lab and Government Innovation Lab. Her work focuses on public sector innovation, system design, and agile policymaking. Praewa formerly served as the Head of Social Innovation and Strategic Policy unit at Thai Social Enterprise Office.

Host

Laura Franco Henao

Laura Franco Henao

DIF Programme coordinator

Laura’s role at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation involves coordinating, developing, and helping run the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF). Working effectively with internal and external teams to make this programme globally significant, Laura ensures that the DIF plays a key role in the Foundation’s mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Economics, she moved to the international development field. She has published some of her research in the African Population Studies journal. She also holds a masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies. Her dissertation focused on how the circular economy can help address environmental and social challenges in Uruguay.

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