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Is design thinking an effective method to generate circular economy based solutions in a socially distanced world? Experiences from an online design thinking workshop

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dc.contributor.author Santa-Maria, Tomas
dc.contributor.author Diaz, Anna
dc.contributor.author Delgadillo, Estephania
dc.contributor.author Vermeulen, Walter J. V.
dc.contributor.author Reyes-Carrillo, Tatiana
dc.contributor.author Baumgartner, Rupert J.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-17T17:21:35Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-17T17:21:35Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10234
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Circular Economy (CE) is commonly proposed as a means to advance towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Design thinking (DT) has been identified as an innovative problem-solving approach, capable of addressing complex challenges, such as the CE, through multidisciplinary collaboration. Currently, the spaces for multi-stakeholder collaboration have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, forcing organizations to develop online collaboration capabilities. Accordingly, this study aims to assess the effectiveness of the application of DT to generate CE-based solutions to address a sustainability challenge in an online setting. The assessment particularly addresses the extent to which a purposefully adapted DT process allows to conceptualize sustainability solutions, and, the user experiences in a digital collaboration environment. This research presents the findings obtained from an online DT workshop focused on proposing circular business models to improve the sustainability impacts of urban mobility in the city of Graz, Austria. The event involved 39 sustainability experts from academia, industry, public sector and NGOs, participating in five teams, each led by a workshop facilitator. Three specific activities have been elaborated to embed a focus on sustainability, which are combined with traditional DT exercises, and adapted to a digital environment. We report the outcomes of the online workshop and reflect on the adapted method strengths and weaknesses. DT is supported as a plausible method to conceptualize CE-based solutions, however, sustainability aspects need to be embedded throughout the problem-solving process. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject circular economy en_US
dc.subject design thinking en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject conceptualization en_US
dc.title Is design thinking an effective method to generate circular economy based solutions in a socially distanced world? Experiences from an online design thinking workshop en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10234
dc.contributor.sponsor European Union (EU) en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Horizon 2020 en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Marie Curie-Sklodowska Action (MCSA) en_US
dc.relation.projectid 765198 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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