dif-logo_year_2016_s_blackA special Circulate on Fridays this week. With the Disruptive Innovation Festival kicking off on Monday, we’ve selected some must-see sessions from the first week of this online festival. If you enjoy reading Circulate, there are loads of things to see at the DIF that’ll be up your street. Find some of our favourites below, but disclaimer: with over 270 sessions over the three week period, there’s so much more on offer, so don’t forget to check out the full schedule.

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DIF Live Launch

7 Nov, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

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This is one not to miss. Streamed from the Royal Society of Arts in London, the Live Launch features three of this year’s fantastic DIF Headliners: Nikki Silvestri – Founder of Silvestri Strategies, Paul Mason – Former Channel 4 News’ Economics Editor, Ellen MacArthur – Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Robert Scoble – Technical Evangelist and author of blog: Scobleizer. The discussion will focus on how automation and digital technology are removing jobs faster than they’re being created, in a global economy which has faltering growth, social tensions, unemployment and resource issues. So what are the consequences, and what needs to be done?

Read our interview with Paul Mason to get taste of things to come at the DIF Live Launch

Open Labs

7 Nov, 20:00 – 21:00 GMT

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Circulate readers have loved reading about the crossovers between the circular economy and open source this year. Whether it’s hearing about the business benefits or how open source is the ‘steam engine’ of the circular economy, it’s clear that this is a topic that demands exploration. At the DIF, the team behind OSCE days are running Open Labs to investigate the development of circular city. You can get involved by creating a practical step-by-step guide to urban innovation that can be used & followed by everyone across the globe. It all kicks off on day one of the DIF, join the Google Hangout to meet Lars from the OSCE team, who’ll tell you all about how to get started with Open Labs.

How Designers Can Shape the Future

8 Nov, 17:00 – 17:45 GMT

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Building the principles of a circular economy into the design process is going to be crucial if we’re going to change the way our world works. Truth be told, there hasn’t been enough advice for the design community on how to design within this new framework. There’s definitely more to it than just making things last, and the international design agency IDEO has been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help create a go-to resource for designers of all flavours to get to grips with the circular economy. Join this session to hear about the as yet under wraps project, and find out what’s changing for designers the world over.

The Drivers of Change

8 Nov, 15:00 – 15:45 GMT

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At Circulate we aim to keep you up to speed with the latest developments that could support the transition to a circular economy. What might seem like a niche activity on the fringes of the economy today could be turning business as usual on its head tomorrow. So check out this session with Business Models Inc, which offers practical advice, tools and mindsets for businesses seeking to stay relevant in an unpredictable world.

Prosperity Without Growth – a conversation with Tim Jackson

9 Nov, 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

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Can we have a world without growth? It might seem far fetched bearing in mind global population growth, and it’s certainly a topic that will make most business leaders’ blood run cold. Is it a case of redefining what we mean by growth, and what exactly we’re measuring? Author, professor and economist Tim Jackson sits down with members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team to explore this topic.

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