Ecodesign Sprint

Sprint combines training, practical learning, innovations and product development with design methods.

 

  • WHAT IS IT?

    WHAT IS IT?

    Ecodesign Sprint is a three-day training and acceleration programme in the circular economy. It is intended for SMEs and design agencies that want to learn more about the possibilities of the circular economy.

    The primary goal is to provide the participants with in-depth knowledge on the possibilities and business models of the circular economy. Another goal is to develop the business of SMEs and create more sustainable products and services for them.

    YOUR BENEFITS

    YOUR BENEFITS

    » vantage point into the business potential of the circular economy

    » customised support and mentoring

    » boost for product development

    » two product or service concepts or prototypes for further development

    WHO IS IT FOR?

    WHO IS IT FOR?

    The programme is intended for SMEs, regardless of their sector, location or experience in the circular economy or design. Another target group are design agencies that want to strengthen their expertise in the circular economy.

  • CONTACT FINLAND

    Please be in contact if you have any questions.

    Aino Vepsäläinen
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    +358 50 355 6606

    designforum.fi/

  • DESIGN

    'Design <3 Circular Economy' was a one-day seminar about circular and bio economy and design as a booster of these two fields. The seminar was arranged by EcoDesign Circle and Carbon Sink Design Studio projects in Helsinki in September 2017. The event was part of the Helsinki Design Week and promoted the ongoing open Ecodesign Sprint Call of the project.

    Event’s keynote "Design-led change for the Circular Economy" was held by Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Read more here

  • FINLAND

    Step 1: Selection

    STEP 1: SELECTION

    The companies and design agencies participating in the EcoDesign Sprint were selected through an open call in September 2017 resulting in 22 applications from both companies and design agencies. Three companies and three design agencies were chosen to participate in the Sprint.

    The most important selection criteria were an interest in product and service development according to circular economy, and the willingness to invest time in the Sprint process. In the selection of companies, versatility and divergence were underlined; thus SME's from the food, building and textile industries were chosen this time. In the selection of design agencies the mutual compatibility of a client company and a design agency was underlined.

    Step 2: Audit

    STEP 2: AUDIT

    The Audits surveyed the capacity and utilization of design in general and circular design in particular in the companies. They indicated what the organizations should do to adopt circular economy and circular design as part of their strategies and product development processes.

    The Audits were conducted during one working day in each company, consisting of getting familiar with the company and interviewing its representatives. The Audits were conducted by circular economy specialist Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy as the auditor and a project manager from Design Forum Finland as the observer.

    The results of EcoDesign Audit offered extensive information on the company’s current stage and procedures of circular design, and they created valuable background information for the Sprint workshops.

    Step 3: Sprint - First Workshop

    STEP 3: SPRINT - FIRST WORKSHOP

    In the workshops, two business concepts after the principles of circular economy were developed for the company. The Sprint teams were instructed by circular economy specialist Anne Raudaskoski.

    In principle, each Sprint had three phases: 1. to understand; 2. to ideate; 3. to create concepts. Each of these phases took one working day.

    During the first workshop day, the lifecycle of the company's products and services was researched, guided by Anne Raudaskoski. The work was based on the EcoDesign Audit reports. This resulted as a business model canvas or roadmap.

    Step 4: Sprint - Second Workshop

    STEP 4: SPRINT - SECOND WORKSHOP

    Based on the results of the first day, the selected design agency ran a workshop on the second Sprint day. Here, the methods included co-design and ideation and charting possibilities for business models. Preliminary business concepts were already jointly ideated.

    These two days provided the design agencies with valuable information about the company and its resources, which formed the basis for further development of concepts for the companies.

    Step 5: Sprint - Prototype

    STEP 5: SPRINT - PROTOTYPES

    The third day, again with the design agency, resulted as two protypes or concepts. One of the concepts was a short-term proposition which the company can immediately apply in its operations. The other was to be further developed to a roadmap or a vision which would provide with ideas for longer-term changes and operations.

    Conclusions

    CONCLUSIONS

    EcoDesign Sprints have given very positive experiences to all those concerned. The design agencies have gained knowledge and understanding about circular design and realized what pioneering advantage and business opportunities lie in circular economy and design.

    The client companies have been excited about the new opportunities of competitiveness and sustainability, and further cooperation is being planned.

    Both Design Forum Finland and Ethica have found EcoDesign Sprint as a good and versatile tool and there is willingness to develop it further.