What’s the DIF?

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Do you know about the DIF (Disruption Innovation Festival)? This annual online festival of ideas asks: what is we could redesign everything? Free online sessions run from November 6-24, 2017.

Tune into the DIF Live Launch

What are the stories that we tell ourselves about the economy?

That’s the question that Mark Stevenson, Ann Pettifor, and Tim Harford will explore at the DIF Live Launch, live from the Crypt on the Green, in London, on Monday 6th November. Make sure you tune into our live stream on your chosen device from 17:00 GMT.

They’ll be broadcasting the whole event on the DIF website, where your hosts, Joe and Vicky, will be making you welcome and fielding questions for the speakers.

Discover the Circular Economy Playlist

The DIF team has created a Circular Economy Playlist for this year’s event that will give viewers the chance to get up to speed on topical issues and to get involved in the debates around them.

Make sure you tune into The Circular Economy Playlist: An Introduction on the 7th November at 12:00 GMT, to explore and have a sneak peak at some sessions featuring in the Playlist.

Keep an eye on the DIF’s new Playlists section, where we’ll be collating weekly highlights, recommended sessions, and specific topics.

Introducing the Circular Design Case

This year’s Festival will provide DIF participants with the opportunity to start their own circular design journey by taking part in the new Circular Design Case.

Participants will get to choose an everyday product, made out of plastics or plastics-based fibres, and reflect on how to make its systemic process fit for a circular economy.

Make sure you tune into the Kick-off session at 17:00 GMT on the 10th November to find out more about the challenge, download all the resources you’ll need, and learn more about the submission process and judging criteria.


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Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana. Please contact her through LinkedIn.