Did you know that design is one of the main enablers when working towards a circular economy?


We have created an intensive five-day workshop to discover and practice the Life-Centered Design approach and tools to design new Sustainable business models, products and services integrating the triple bottom line People, Planet, prosperity.

This hands-on course will guide you through the entire process, from understanding an eco-system of stakeholders and actors, discovering their un-covered needs and dependencies to create a sustainable solution – whether it is a process, a service, a product, or a business model.

You will learn how to combine System Thinking, Circular Design and FutureCasting tools to create Sustainable innovation.

During the week you will do research, create insights, prototype and test new sustainable solutions. Along the way you’ll learn how to think in a systemic way and how to use new tools to take back to your work. These tools will help you to:

  • Map an eco-system
  • Plan & Run an inclusive research
  • Identify causalities & consequences
  • Develop sustainable ideas
  • Evaluate the environmental and social dimension of your ideas based on previously identified SDGs (The Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Define probable and desirable future scenario based on insights and trends.

By the end of the week, you will be ready to apply this knowledge to your own work and become an ambassador of Life-Centered Design inside your organization.

Lectures are spread throughout the workshop and are immediately followed by direct hands-on applications, research and prototyping, and individual and group coaching along the way.

Prerequisite Knowledge Needed

This workshop is open to everyone and no specific prerequisites are needed. Just come with an open mind, a curious approach and your hands ready to make things.

How Will You Learn?

The days of teaching are structured around three main phases of the Life-Centered Design process: Inspiration – Ideation – Implementation. We will start by an introduction on Sustainability, main definitions and principles.


  • Ecosystem & boundary map: how to identify the actors and their dependencies
  • Inclusion & diversity sampling: how to create a relevant sampling based on time & budget constraint
  • Field Research methods
  • Actor card: how to describe the different actors, their needs and expectations
  • Shared needs mapping: How to identify shared needs between actors and develop trade-offs.
  • Trends and signal hunting


  • Probable and Desirable scenarios
  • Opportunity finding: How to formulate questions from research-backed insights.
  • Rapid ideation: Tools for generating large quantities of ideas based on biomimicry, role model or inspiring companies.
  • Refining ideas: tools to refine ideas to use less resources and have a positive impact
  • Prioritize ideas based on the people, planet, prosperity model.


  • Concept mapping: Tools for developing rough ideas into a detailed and actionable concept for sustainable innovation.
  • Co-creation: A powerful way to get input and buy-in from end users by involving them in the design process directly.
  • Experience Prototyping and rapid field testing.

Is this for you?

This workshop is open to everyone and no specific prerequisites are needed. Just come with an open mind, a curious approach and your hands ready to make things.

The workshop should be of value to anyone responsible for creating or delivering sustainable products and services.

We will introduce you to a fast, effective, and broadly applicable design toolkit for researching strategic innovation opportunities and prototyping service concepts. Our focus is on nuanced applications specific to CIID’s design practice with an emphasis on tools and techniques for Sustainable innovation, all applied through learning by doing.

What to Bring

  • A notebook and a pen
  • A laptop


Oct 7
Oct 11
October 11, 2024
5 days
Bergamo, Italy
9 am - 5 pm