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July 7th 2021 - July 14th 2021

14:00pm - 17:00pm


This is a two-part workshop designed to support makers or product-led members to explore whether circular models will work for them. During the first session, we’ll get to grips with circular thinking and the current state of your business. In the second session, we’ll work together to explore how you can reconfigure what you do to achieve your sustainability goals.

Workshop 1 – 7 July, 2–5pm
Workshop 2 – 14 July, 2–5pm

What’s a STEAM Sprint?
These are intensive ‘design-thinking’ workshops that enable teams to tackle product, service, or social challenges and test new ideas using creative problem solving methods. Diverse perspectives are critical to a successful STEAM Sprint so our aim is to bring a variety of practitioners together to work on a challenge.

What’s this one all about?
Part of our collaborative workshop programme, this sprint has been created to help makers and product based businesses work alongside other members to figure out how to make your practice more circular and sustainable. It’ll also support you to take a critical look at whether it’s even possible to translate what you do into a circular model and generate more revenue for your business. The workshops will be facilitated by our Senior Materials Science Technician, Sarah King and our Head of New Product Development, Patrick Bek.

What’s the circular economy and circular thinking?
One of the leading proponents of the circular economy, the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, describes the circular economy as, “a crucial part of the solution to climate change and other global challenges, while offering significant opportunities for new and better growth”. A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.

Currently, we take resources from the ground to make products, which we use, and, when we no longer want them, throw them away – take-make-waste. We call this a linear economy. A Circular economy looks more like this: make-use-reuse-remake-recycle-and back to make, in a circular pattern.

What will happen during the sprint?
During two 3-hour online workshops, we’ll guide you through a step-by-step process enabling you to critically reflect on the current state of your business and help you uncover opportunities for circularity and sustainability. Using an online collaborative software called Miro, you’ll work individually and collaboratively with other members and enterprises to generate ideas for how you might re-design your products, processes and business model to be more circular. The aim of this sprint is to provide an open space for you to find answers about the circular economy and work with others to determine what you can do now, next, and later to increase sustainability and unlock new business opportunities.

Who’s it for?
The Circular Sprint is for STEAMhouse members who are makers or run product-led businesses and are curious about how they might adopt more sustainable practices in their work.

What will I get out of it?
The Circular Sprint will help you quickly learn about circular practices and figure out whether sustainable approaches might help you find a competitive advantage in what you do.

This event is for STEAMHouse members – find out more about how to become a Member HERE

**This workshop series may require some offline working in between sessions. To make the most of the sprint, we highly recommend attending each workshop. We’re unable to provide extra support for members who miss sessions