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Circular Economy Workshop at Plant Chicago
This meetup concludes our "Design & Social Good" series. I’ve arrange a workshop with Plant Chicago to learn about circular economies. The Plant is food industry incubator that is aiming to build a closed loop with an open source approach. In a circular economy, conventional waste streams from one process are repurposed as inputs for another, creating a circular, closed-loop model of material reuse. The Plant used to be a Peer Foods meatpacking (pigs) plant. Now this 93,500 sq. ft. facility is a collaborative community of small food businesses, all focused on growing, producing, and/or sourcing a variety of food products. The Plant currently houses over a dozen small businesses, including indoor and outdoor farms, kombucha and beer breweries, a bakery, a cheese distributor, a coffee roaster, and other emerging food producers and distributors. CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORKSHOP “Develop a deeper understanding of closed loop systems through supervised, interactive projects. Workshops are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.” No books to read beforehand. Space is very limited. We have *20 total spots* that we've prepaid and reserved. OPTIONAL WHINER BREWERY The workshop will last about 1.5 hours. Afterwards we’ll head down to the first floor and visit the Whiner Brewery to have a beer (not included in ticket price) and socialize. Feel free to invite whomever to meet the group at the brewery. No ticket or RSVP required to visit the brewery.

Plant Chicago

1400 W 46th Street · Chicago, IL

Respond by: 9/21/2018

What we're about

Let's get together and discuss topics that surround the design and product fields. The HCD book club hopes to supplement designers, researchers, product-focused roles, and marketers (anyone is welcomed) with books and events on topics such as behavioral economics, A.I., hospitality, anthropology, psychology, etc. All these fields study how people behave. Understanding behavior is also a key part of many of our roles. So let's get academic and discuss how learnings from these broader fields could be applied to our work.

Chicago already has a great UX book club (, so make sure to check them out!

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