Circular Economy: The Big Idea
Learn about almost everything there is to know about the circular economy
Our current linear economy consumes finite resources, turns them into products, and creates a never-ending stream of waste. Through the clever design of products, systems, and policies, we can instead create a circular approach that benefits businesses, people, and the planet.
On this three-week course, you’ll develop your understanding of how and where the circular economy came from. You’ll start by examining the limitations of the linear economy and why we can’t just simply modify it to fix its problems.
You’ll learn key terminology, concepts, and the three principles of the circular economy to ensure you’re able to apply the thinking to your own work or studies.
Unpack the systems diagram and really get to grips with the concept
To help you develop the mindset required to apply a circular economy, you’ll learn how to use a systems diagram to manage material flows and their inherent value. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to design for a circular economy.
By exploring case studies to see the circular economy in action, you’ll discover how successful circular business models operate.
Explore policy development for a circular economy
Next, you’ll delve into policy development to understand the importance and power of policy to achieve circularity.
You’ll discover how policies are designed and gain an understanding of what policies are currently in place to help accelerate the transition to the circular economy.
Learn from the experts at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
With their expertise and using economic examples, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skills to apply circular economy concepts to your own work or studies.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the origins of the circular economy
- Assess the problems associated with the linear economy
- Critique the approaches some have taken to 'fixing' the linear economy
- Reflect upon the three principles of the circular economy
- Compare the different flows of materials, and their corresponding values, within the circular economy
- Discuss circular design techniques and their relative merits and uses
- Evaluate the value of circular business models
- Assess the push and pull factors for transitioning to a circular economy
- Explore the different policy decisions that contribute to a circular economy
- Evaluate the systemic repercussions of changing policy to support a circular economy
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in the circular economy and its application.
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