2023 | Workshop 1: Connection to Place

An introduction to the Circular Design Awards guiding principles of people, place and nature.

Friday 4 August | 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

At its core, the circular economy is about the interconnectedness of people and the natural world, linked by spirals of continuous regeneration. This holistic way of thinking is intrinsic to indigenous knowledge and has long been found in the Māori and Pasifika cultures of Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands.

Learn about the core concepts of circular and regenerative thinking from a place-based perspective. Explore concepts of mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori, and explore what local systems that circulate and regenerate could look like.

Build an understanding of how to anchor your entry in the Awards to place, how to approach creating your own circular ecosystem and start to navigate the provenance journey of your entry.

This stage of the learning journey will guide you to explore how to connect your entry to place. It will include both a presentation component and a discussion element to give attendees space to build a greater understanding of the theme.


Johnnie Freeland, Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua, Ngai Tūhoe

If you are an entrant of the Circular Design Award please get in touch if you'd like to receive the link to the recording.