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LET GO OF GUILT & OVERWHELM
AND MAKE GENUINE PROGRESS
TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

If you’re looking for someone who will meet you where you are – complete with all your nuances, contradictions and imperfections – for a genuine conversation about how make your business or creative practice more sustainable, then you’re in the right place.

WORK WITH ME

‘Katie has all the right ingredients
to make amazing things happen.
Her non-traditional and highly
creative approach is both
refreshingly honest and well
thought out. Her infectious energy
and passion are a huge plus for
anyone who aspires to bigger
thinking.’ – David Angelo, David
& Goliath

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MORE ABOUT KATIE

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTALISM:

  • The environmental crisis is not your fault. We do, however, have an exciting opportunity to be the generation that finally looks it in the eye and brings about genuine change.
  • The planet doesn’t need a few of us doing this perfectly – it needs all of us trying and failing and trying again. I value progress over perfection.
  • There is no silver bullet solution and technology is not going to save us. We need a diversity of creative minds working on multiple solutions.
  • Guilt and duty do not engender creativity and problem-solving. We need to step back into the wide-eyed curiosity, collaboration and experimentation that drew us to craft and design in the first place.
  • There is no “right” way to be sustainable – there are always compromises. It’s about making informed decisions that align with your personal values.

You are absolutely capable of saving the planet – you are just not going to do it on your own.

You get to decide what your (probably tiny, but no less significant for it!) contribution is going to be – and it gets to be fun, aligned with your values and something that regenerates you as well as the planet.

Join me for a conversation that cuts through the eco-shaming, greenwashing and overwhelm to map out a clear path towards your unique contrition to saving the planet.

You may have tried to put together a plan yourself by buying all the books, listening to the all the podcasts and falling into rabbit holes on the Internet (I see you; I’ve been there!). All too often, this approach just leads to information overwhelm, a lack of clarity and a sense of guilt that you’re not doing it right and not doing enough.

I’m here to tell you that it DOES NOT have to be this way!

Sometimes you just need another pair of eyes and ears – to explore your options without prejudice or agenda.

> Someone who will ask the right questions and help you find the best answers – for you.

> Someone who will hold you accountable to carving out time for this work and move at your pace.

> Someone who can help you pull clarity from all the overwhelming info that’s out there.

> Someone who can help you to dig deep and find the confidence to get really specific about your unique contribution.

You do not need to do environmentalism perfectly to make a valid contribution.

You can make imperfect progress AND have a business or creative practice that is aligned with your personal values

ARE YOU READY TO DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO ENVIRONMENTALISM?

Depending on where you are in your sustainability journey and your own approach to learning and development, you will have different needs and preferences. That’s why I have three different offers for you, each intended to meet you where you’re at.

While I have been mentoring people for decades, formal 1:1 mentoring and coaching is a relatively new offering for me. Among the key values of Making Design Circular are experimentation and progress over perfection, so I’ve put together a few different ways of working to see what works best for me and for you. These are currently being offered at a much-reduced introductory price to reflect this ‘beta’ phase.

So, let’s do this, shall we?

germination

GERMINATION

Sometimes it’s a quick but focused conversation to sow the seeds of an idea or simply give you the confidence you need to get started on something new, or move forward on something that’s had you feeling stuck.

I have got you covered in the Germination Sessions >> LEARN MORE

propagation

PROPAGATION

Sometimes it’s an intensive deep-dive that helps you to see where you are on your Path to Sustainability, provides clarity on your next steps and forges the connections to help you get there.

You’re in good hands with the Propagation Sessions >> LEARN MORE

cultivation

CULTIVATION

Sometimes you just know that the work you need to do runs deep and you are ready to invest in the time it takes to move forward towards finding your niche and becoming fully sustainable.

For that we have the Cultivation Sessions >> LEARN MORE

HERE’S WHAT I BRING:

  • 20 years’ experience in the creative industries
  • Knowledge and insight gleaned from interviewing thousands of designer-makers over more than a decade
  • Circular economy training with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • A Master’s from Oxford University in which I specialised in craft, design and sustainably and (brag alert!) graduated with a distinction
  • A unique approach that holds space for feelings as well as facts

Whether you engage an environmental consultant for thousands of pounds or put together a more informal plan yourself from your own research, most approaches involve diving straight into the facts and figures without factoring in how you feel about all this stuff.

But research shows that climate anxiety, environmental grief and ‘analysis paralysis’ are all very real factors that are actually stopping us from becoming more sustainable.

1:1 work with me will of course include evidence-based advice and mentoring based on my years of experience in this space, but it will also meet you where you are with coaching that makes space for the emotional journey that is just as necessary as the practical steps.

HERE’S WHAT YOU BRING:

  • Your whole nuanced, contradictory imperfect self – and the decision to prioritise progress over perfection.
  • A sense of ‘stubborn optimism’ driven by curiosity, creativity and experimentation. If solving the environmental crisis was easy, we wouldn’t be where we are, so no-one is saying this work is simple, but we are the co-creators of ‘the future we choose’* so we can remain hopeful and committed to doing the work.
  • A commitment to doing any pre-work and homework as well as being fully present for sessions by showing up on time, well prepared and ready to get stuck in – as well as self-compassion for when those things don’t all quite line up as they should.

(*Both ‘stubborn optimism’ and ‘the future we choose’ are terms taken from an amazing book – called The Future We Choose – by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac – if you get nothing else from this page other than that book tip, I’ll be happy!)

SPECIAL OFFER

There are only a limited number of
places available at each level and
the Germination and Propagation
Sessions are currently available at
a deeply discounted introductory
rate, so don’t dilly dally – I expect
these places to fill up fast!

germination

GERMINATION

This 60–90-minute session is for you if there is one area you would like to explore with me – it might be a specific barrier to sustainability you’re experiencing, a new product idea, a change in direction, or even finding your niche or your purpose.

This session includes a pre-call questionnaire for you to complete, followed by a 60-minute Zoom session with the option of an additional 30 minutes to extend the conversation or for Katie to look into further resources for you. Plus you get a full day of Voxer support on the day of the call. (Voxer is a ‘walkie talkie’ style app that enables us to exchange text messages and voice notes.)

£500 £250 + VAT >> BOOK HERE

propagation

PROPAGATION

A full day of digging into where you are on your Path to Sustainability and what’s holding you back from moving forward, while making sure your business or creative practice is aligned with your values, and can regenerate not only the planet, but you too.

This includes a pre-call questionnaire for you to complete followed by a full day together on Zoom (split into 2 x two-hour sessions 10 am–12 noon and 2 pm–4 pm) plus Voxer support for the week of the call. (Voxer is a ‘walkie-talkie’ style app that enables us to exchange text messages and voice notes.)

£1,500 £750 + VAT >> BOOK HERE

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MAKING DESIGN CIRCULAR

An open-ended programme and membership community in which designer-makers get to feel proud of contributing to a thriving planet with every product they make.

The programme includes Waste: A Masterclass (and more courses to follow), The Path to Sustainability, and weekly calls that cycle between guest speakers, group coaching and mentoring, connection calls with fellow members and virtual co-working sessions, plus a co-created library of resources and our ‘Little Green Book’ of eco-partners.

Not currently open to new members: Find out more and join the waiting list HERE.

cultivation

CULTIVATION

You’re ready to make a big impact and invest in bringing your business or creative practice in line with your personal values, joining the circular economy and becoming fully sustainable.

This includes 6 months of fortnightly 1:1 45-minute mentoring calls, plus unlimited Voxer support. (Voxer is a ‘walkie-talkie’ style app that enables us to exchange text messages and voice notes.) PLUS complimentary membership of Making Design Circular. We are not currently accepting any other new members, so this is the only way to join at the moment.

£5,250 + VAT (payment plan available at £875 + VAT pcm) >> BOOK A CLARITY CALL HERE with no commitment.