Workshop #1  Virtual (Global) Fixit Clinic

This workshop is an interactive, virtual Fixit Clinic, which is a do-it-together repair event hosted over Zoom (Fixit Clinic 2020). Participants are invited (but not required) to bring a broken item and, with the other attendees and a group of Global Fixit Coaches, learn how to disassemble, diagnose, find replacement parts for, and repair the item.

Do you study issues of waste, repair, circularity, and product lifetime extension? Come walk the talk at the PLATE 2021 Virtual Fixit Clinic! Join fellow PLATE attendees and repair experts from all around the world to learn how to disassemble, troubleshoot, and fix your broken stuff…and theirs. No repair skills necessary, just a willingness to help cultivate a culture of repair.

All are welcome to participate in the Global Fixit Clinic workshop.

If you have an item you’d like to bring, please sign up here:

If you want to volunteer as a fixer or attend as an observer, please sign up here:

When you register, please indicate on the form that you are a PLATE conference attendee. If you have any questions about the workshop, you can email


Workshop #2  Sharing business models and the isolation economy: an existential threat?

This workshop is aimed at researchers interested in circular and sharing business models. The workshop addresses the challenge of pandemics and their implications for the vulnerabilities of circular and sharing business models based on the circular economy. The coronavirus challenge threatens to be existential for some of the business models to which many researchers have dedicated years of research. The workshop is therefore of interest to all researchers and practitioners who research circular and sharing business models.


Workshop #3 Circular Textiles Workshop

There is growing emphasis globally on delivering a more sustainable fashion industry. In addition to better design and lowering consumption, we need to find ways to better manage the post consumer textiles already in our system. However this area faces a number of challenges including

  • meeting EU obligations to separately collect textiles and managing the additional volumes and potentially low quality of textiles that may arise from this
  • shrinking international export markets and competition for these outlets
  • the disruptive impact on the global textiles supply chain of Covid-19, affecting consumption of both new and second hand and exports.

This workshop will explore how we can overcome these challenges through effective separate collection, supporting and growing the local second hand economy and finding long term sustainable outlets for textiles that cannot be sold locally for reuse.


Workshop #4 Exploring the value of a resource-flow system perspective in designing for the Circular Economy

In a Circular Economy we aspire to flow fewer resources, efficiently and continuously. The flow of resources can be seen as the journey of the materials, components and products in a single loop. These journeys are influenced and enabled by several systems such as product-service
systems, waste management systems or supply chains. Nevertheless, such systems together leave gaps in the journey of resources and prioritise commercial objectives over the destiny of resources. The Flow Mapper is a tool that positions the flow of resources as the primary  design objective. By using functional modelling and systems thinking, the tool enables users to collaboratively model and analyse the  resource-flow system’, which encompasses all the structures required to produce the intended flow of resources. The Flow Mapper aims to support the design of products and systems for the Circular Economy. Join us for an introduction to the Flow Mapper in a collaborative design process of products and systems for the CE. The aim of the workshop is to gather expert insights on the value of the outcome of the flow Mapper and discuss how the Flow Mapper can be developed to support the needs of designers and decision-makers to transition to a CE.

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