D-Flect: Cradle to Cradle – Leaving a big and positive footprint

We are happy to invite you to our upcoming D-Flect session, which will take place on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the HPI School of Design Thinking. This time we look forward to welcoming Nora Sophie Griefahn, Executive Director of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany, who will talk about “Cradle to Cradle – leaving a big and positive footprint”.


We have poisoned the ground and the air, we have overfished the oceans and we have rooted out the forests. In the face of this résumé it would be a logical conclusion to perceive mankind as an environmental burden. However, this would also lead us to assume that humans are always in contrast with nature, and must only reduce the destructive actions. The Cradle to Cradle movement believes that humans have to use their competencies as creative beings to act in a positive way for humans and nature. At the core of this change is a new idea of man as beneficial organism that are part of nature and do leave a positive footprint. The C2C school of thought is looking to abandon old patterns of thinking and to establish new paths towards intelligent abundance: Products and services are being re-imagined from start to (re-)start – from cradle to cradle.

In her talk, Nora Griefahn will introduce the C2C school of thought and design concept, outline its principles, and discuss the interplay of biological and technical cycles.

About Nora Griefahn

Nora Sophie Griefahn is member of the executive board and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany. She studied environmental sciences and engineering at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Technical University of Berlin, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, as well as the University of Copenhagen. Further studies abroad led her to the USA and France. For her studies and her commitment, she received numerous awards and scholarships, among them a study scholarship by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and an award for outstanding honorary commitment by the federal country of Lower Saxony. Moreover, she was selected as one of GreenBiz’ 30 Under 30, a list of inspiring young leaders from all over the world.

With the idea to carry the Cradle to Cradle School of Thought and Design Concept into the middle of society, Nora Sophie Griefahn was one of the founders of C2C e.V.. Since then, she has lead the association as co executive director. In her work for the C2C association she coordinates its political, scientific and organisational work. With ideas and initiatives, she promotes knowledge about Cradle to Cradle, a re-thinking in economy, education, politics and society. As a speaker and in numerous essays, interviews and articles she comments on topics and issues revolving around Cradle to Cradle. She is part of scientific advisory councils, juries and European and international networks. Moreover, she assumes teaching activities at various universities and offers seminars at many institutions.

Date: 26 November, 2018
Time: 17:30-19:30
Place: HPI School of Design Thinking, House D, Ground Floor, August-Bebel-Str. 88, 14482 Potsdam

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We look forward to an insightful discussion.