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“Your presentation convinced us that craft could save the world – we feel re-energized and ready to fight the good fight. Thank you for such a profound and inspiring keynote.”

Everything you think you know about environmentalism is wrong.

The climate crisis is not your fault, you don’t need to get environmentalism “right”, and you don’t have to doom-scroll to stay informed.

In fact, the single most important thing you can do is to have hope – defiant hope.

Katie Treggiden is the founder and director of Making Design Circular, the author of six books and countless newspaper and magazine articles about craft, design and environmentalism and a podcaster with 20 years’ experience in the creative industries and a master’s degree from the University of Oxford to boot.

And she believes that what Planet Earth needs now is not innovation, not perfectionism and certainly not more recycling, but hope.

Because hope is the precursor to change.

If we don’t believe that what we’re doing will make a difference, we won’t do it.

And in the current climate, hope is an act of defiance.

Are you in?



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.

Books & Journalism

Exploring the role that craft and design can play in the transition to a circular economy, Katie Treggiden is the author of six books, writes columns for publications on both sides of the Atlantic and regularly contributes to titles such as The Guardian, The Observer, Dezeen and Crafts Magazine. 


Now in its fourth season, Circular with Katie Treggiden is an invitation to explore the nuances, complexities and mindset shifts we all need to embrace to make a just transition to a more circular economy. Topics include defiant hope, imperfection and values-aligned decision making. 

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Making Design Circular is Katie’s membership community and online learning platform for designers, makers and craftspeople who want to become more sustainable.

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Katie Treggiden is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular — an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers, artists and craftspeople.
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