Nov. 27th 2017 JHB
3-Day Design Thinking and the Circular Economy

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This DesignThinkers Deep Dive into the Circular Economy offers a unique team of highly experienced Design Thinking and Circular Economy practitioners from the business and design world. A combination of personal coaching and in-depth knowledge of Design Thinking and Circular Economy tools will be utilised first-hand. This ‘Learning by Doing’ workshop with DesignThinkers and WizeImpact is from Nov 27th – Nov 29th, 2017 in Johannesburg.

The program will guide participants in applying Design Thinking to help integrate social, environmental and economic practices into your business solutions.

The facilitators will focus continuously on each teams’ progress during the different activities throughout this Deep Dive on the Circular Economy.

Robert Bloom, Robert is the Founder of DTG-SA and has been facilitating Design Thinking programs since 2011. Robert has facilitated Workshops with a number of Listed Companies on the JSE as well as in Dubai and Kuwait. Robert’s diverse multi-sector background and experience gained in business management across the globe adds spice to this learning experience Robert’s Profile

Alex Lemille, Alexandre’s expertise is in generating a Circular Economic strategy & vision for organisations, with a specific focus on the Optimisation of Circular Value and maximising Human Circular Value. Alexandre is a Senior Lecturer on the Circular Economy at several universities in Africa and in Europe. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of Circular Living Labs on rural communities (EU Horizon 2020).

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We strongly believe in ‘Learning by Doing’, so this DesignThinkers Deep Dive into the Circular Economy will be a high-energy and hands-on event. Participants will be challenged to work in small teams on a real case and learn to work with Design Thinking and Circular Economy tools to work to produce innovative solutions. The focus of this program will be on exploring new opportunities that will drive value for your organisation.

The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design in a human-centered circular economy approach. This unique combination of new ways of working and innovative business practice will help with a profound impact on participants professional & personal growth.

This DT Circular Economy Deep Dive is specially designed for ‘Managers’, ‘Business Analysts’, ‘Executives’ and ‘Independent Professionals’ who want to take the next step towards using Design Thinking in their daily work. In applying Creativity during Divergent and Convergent Thinking methods, participants will develop key skill to work practically on core organisational sustainability challenges. The facilitators will guide you in applying creative methods to drive innovative and positive changes for more socially and environmentally relevant business solutions.

Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can use immediately the next day in your working environment. Your creative confidence will improve, as well as your ability to think holistically in a “circular” way to solve complex environmental and business challenges that face organisations today.

In addition to the training content, you will receive a toolkit and a certificate of attendance


Monday, Nov 27th – WELCOMING & RESEARCH DAY (location The Impact Hub, Rosebank)
08:30 hr Registration and welcoming
09:00 hr Introduction ‘DesignThinkers Bootcamp’ and Team Introduction Game
10:00 hr LEARNING: Design Thinking and the Circular Economy
11:00 hr DOING: Identify social/economic/environmental challenge to tackle during business activities
13:00 hr Lunch (provided for during Design Research)
13:30 hr Design Research: GO OUT – Story Gathering and observation
15:00 hr DOING: Understanding opportunities from a Circular Economy Perspective
16:30 hr Team Presentations – Story-telling
17:00 hr Reflection and Preparations for next day

Tuesday, Nov 28th – DISCOVERY DAY (location The Impact Hub, Rosebank))
09:00 hr Briefing Team Coach
10:00 hr LEARNING: Circular Economy Principles and Concepts
11:30 hr DOING: From Insights to Concepts
13:00 hr Lunch (provided for)
13:30 hr DOING: From Insights to Concepts
16:30 hr Team Presentations – Story-Telling
17:00 hr Reflection and Preparations for next day

Wednesday, 29th – CREATIVE SOLUTION DAY (location The Impact Hub, Rosebank))
09:00 hr Briefing Team Coach
10:00 hr LEARNING: Artefactualisation- Prototyping to learn
11:30 hr DOING: Prototyping Circular Services using Storyboarding
13:00 hr Lunch (provided for)
13:00 hr DOING: Building Circular Prototypes
15:00 hr DOING: Testing
16:30 hr Team Presentations – Story-telling
17:00 hr Reflection and Certificate hand-out

Note: Tom Ryan, designs and reviews our learning programs. A thought leader in the field of Systems Thinking, Tom is the Head of Design Education Programs at DesignThinkers Academy South Africa. Tom has directed Executive Leadership and Action Learning Programs for over 18 yrs at the UCT Graduate School of Business. View Tom’s profile


Language: English
Venue: The Impact Hub, 158 Jan Smuts Building, 9 Walters Street, Rosebank Johannesburg, South Africa
Dates: Nov 27th– Nov 29th 2017

Max. participants: 21

Ticket Price: Early Bird Ticket Price R 11 995,= until October 21st 2017, Regular Ticket Price R 12.995,= until November 14th 2017 and Late Ticket Price R 13 995= (including lunch, snacks and drinks)*. Discounts available for teams signing up or NGO’s and self-employed.

REGISTRATION: to enrol for this training, please click the Registration button on the top right corner of this page.