Founder and director of Making Design Circular, Katie Treggiden, speaks about defiant hope and its role in tackling the environmental crisis to creative organisations who want to make a difference.
With an international network of designers, makers, artists and craftspeople as well as 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, six books, a podcast and countless newspaper and magazine articles to her name, Katie is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker.
She not only provides valuable insights into current trends, emerging talents, and innovative design solutions, but most importantly takes complex topics and explores them in a way that inspires clarity and hope.
Why does that matter? Because hope in the precursor to change.
Be warned, inviting Katie to speak at your event may result in outbreaks of hope, optimism and possibly even action on the environmental crisis.
Side effects may include improvements in:
- Employee engagement, retention and recruitment
- Creativity, collaboration and innovation
- Reputation for environmental and social responsibility
- Community engagement
- Investor relations and funding opportunities
If you’re responsible for organising the annual conference, internal ‘sustainability week’ or regular ‘lunch and learns’ for a creative organisation, and you want to use your role to make a positive difference in the world, get in touch.
Image credit: Granby Studio
Waste: The Raw Material of The Future
Engaging the audience from the moment she steps onto the stage with a simple demonstration, Katie Treggiden will argue that waste is not a fact, but a category and that objects and materials become redefined as waste when they cross a series of ever- expanding boundaries.
Explaining that waste is created at the threshold of our skin, the walls of our homes, our city limits, state boundaries, the Brandt line, our coastlines, and finally the Earth’s atmosphere and into outer space, she will leave the audience in no doubt that we have run out of space for our waste.
But it’s not all bad news – if our boundaries can expand, they can also contract. If we can recategorise once-valuable materials as waste, we can also recategorise waste as a valuable new raw material.
Katie will share innovative examples of designers and makers using waste as their primary resource. From a swing made from human hair to glassware made from dumped domestic appliances – she will demonstrate our capacity for change and spark defiant hope.
Image credit: Emma Oakes
Cultivating Hope in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
Katie Treggiden signs off every email “Stay curious, imperfect and defiantly hopeful.” She runs a membership community and online learning platform called Making Design Circular, designed to empower designers and makers to join the circular economy – to help them believe that they can make a difference. She writes books and articles and records a podcast – all created to inspire hope in the face of the environmental crisis. In short, she is an environmentalist who has built a public profile on hope.
So, what happens when she loses hope? When she drives past a wildfire in a county famous for its ‘mizzle’ (a portmanteau of mist and drizzle)? When she sees temperatures break record after record, railway lines warp and runways melt – all while those in positions of power put profit (and votes) before people and the planet?
In this highly personal talk, Katie will share her own story of losing all belief in a positive solution to the environmental crisis and how she found her way back to the ‘defiant hope’ that now offers a daily reminder in her email signature.
She will share the three-step process she has created that has already helped hundreds of others move through feelings of despair, reconnect with the natural world and take aligned action.
Image credit: Adam Hollier
Mending objects to mend people, planet and profit
A grassroots repair movement is starting to affect the decisions made by increasingly large companies and international lawmakers, and yet businesses are still reluctant to engage. ‘If we offer, or even enable, repairs, won’t people buy fewer of our products?’ Actually, the opposite is true.
In this eye-opening talk, author of Broken: Mending and Repair in a Throwaway World (Ludion, 2023), Katie Treggiden, will share the reasons that elongating, and perhaps even eliminating the replacement cycle is good for business, as well as people and the planet.
Building on the research she conducted at the University of Oxford, and her subsequent book on the same subject, Katie explores the complex relationship we have with repair, the social and cultural as well as logistical barriers to mending, and how offering or enabling repairs to your products can improve customer loyalty, more profitable business models and reputational resilience.
Before the event
Katie will promote your event by sharing it on social media and through her newsletter.
On the day
After the event
This is where you will find Katie’s images, bios, intro scripts, and even her intro music suggestions for your event. If there’s something you need that you can’t see here, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Please use this script (instead of a bio) to introduce Katie to the stage.
Friend, colleagues, and esteemed attendees – it is my great pleasure to introduce our first/next/final [*delete as appropriate] speaker for today’s [insert event name here].
This person is the founder and director of Making Design Circular – an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers artists and craftspeople.
She’s also the author of six books, countless newspaper and magazine articles and a podcast exploring about the role that craft and design play in environmentalism.
And she signs off every email ‘stay curious, imperfect and defiantly hopeful,’ so no doubt you’re in for a healthy dose of all three today!
Which is important, because the dominant narrative around environmentalism seems to be focused on certainty, perfectionism and fear, so our next speaker brings a fresh perspective which is actually more likely to bring about meaningful change and aligned action.
So, without further ado, please give a big, warm [Insert event name here] welcome to the defiantly hopeful, Katie Treggiden! [Pronounced: “Kay-tee Truh-GID-un”]
Please use these for promotional purposes instead of the copy on Katie’s About Page.
NB please not use these to introduce Katie to the stage – please use the separate intro script above.
Katie Treggiden is the founder and director of Making Design Circular – an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers artists and craftspeople. She is also an author, journalist and podcaster championing a hopeful approach to environmentalism.
Katie Treggiden is the founder and director of Making Design Circular – an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers artists and craftspeople. She is also an author, journalist and podcaster championing a hopeful approach to environmentalism. With more than 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, Crafts Magazine and Dezeen. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through her sixth book, Broken: Mending & Repair in a Throwaway World (Ludion, 2023), and podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.
Katie Treggiden is the founder and director of Making Design Circular – an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers artists and craftspeople.
She is also an author, journalist and podcaster championing a hopeful approach to environmentalism. With more than 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observers, Crafts Magazine and Dezeen. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through her sixth book, Broken: Mending & Repair in a Throwaway World (Ludion, 2023), and podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.
She recently gained a distinction for her Master’s degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She was the co-founder of women’s network Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an NED of Cornwall’s largest creative hub, Krowji.
Intro music suggestions
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Katie usually presents PowerPoint (with occasional video content), but is equally comfortable with a more informal style.
When using PowerPoint, her presentations are finely tuned to work alongside her voice.
While she can use any machine (Mac or PC), Katie prefers to use her own laptop for presentations – right now, that’s a 12” Macbook. This approach guarantees that fonts, transitions, and videos operate flawlessly, ensuring a smooth experience on the day.
- A 12” Macbook
- Power adaptor for her laptop
- Travel adaptor for local power source
- A USB and HDMI adaptor
- Wireless presentation clicker
- A desktop presentation using PowerPoint and embedded locally playable video files
- A presentation designed to work on 16×9 screens
- A wireless, lapel microphone
- A projector (with HDMI Connector/Dongle)
- A speaker system that receives audio output from her laptop
- Optional: External comfort monitor
Please allow at least 30 minutes for Katie to take part in a thorough tech check before the start of the event.