Visually Thinking Through The Circular Economy

Our design duo will sketch out a big picture overview of the circular economy as it promotes redesigning processes, products, and systems from a “take, make, waste” scenario into a “high quality, zero waste, and sharing economy” situation to name a few. This is a whole-systems design approach that is applicable to all sectors of design and makers of many disciplines. By employing ecodesign lenses such as biomimicry, permaculture, and other sustainability frameworks, we’ll share how to clarify possibilities and innovate to co-create an environmentally, socially, and economically appealing future.

Chelsea Peil is fresh from the international Resource (circular economy) conference to share what’s going on in the EU. In Portland, she specializes in sustainability strategies especially, waste to product, and program design and management. Chelsea helps private sector, social enterprises, and nonprofits use design thinking to shift from linear to circular operations. ApPeil |

Stef Koehler is a product designer by training and with specialties in sustainability strategy, visual thinking, behavior analysis, and biomimicry. She’s worked on an array of projects from integrating biomimicry into the innovation process for the auto industry to helping social entrepreneurs use design thinking to solve business challenges.

Event Schedule:
3:00 - 3:15 - Entry & Visual Thinking Intro
3:15 - 4:15 - Lecture
4:15 - 4:30 - Q & A
4:30 - 5:00 - Networking + PDX Circular Mapping