leyla acaroglu

leyla bw

[melbourne, australia]

Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

feb 2013

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

Leyla Acaroglu uses innovative design and systems thinking to create positive change.

40% food waste

design the product to solve the problem…

consumption is the biggest problem

using sustainability as a parameter… systems based solutions

functionality defines environmental impact

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un-schoolers – starting early 2015


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Reading the stuff my #unschoolfellows write about the experience I designed really gets to me #makingchange everydaysustainability.info/ill-happily-co… #winning


Leyla Acaroglu (@LeylaAcaroglu) tweeted at 4:39 AM – 7 Feb 2017 :

“designer is 1 of those unique individuals who uses systems-based thinking 2 disrupt mainstream ways of thinkinghttps://t.co/glkeyI7EYR? https://t.co/EdnD97Afz4 (http://twitter.com/LeylaAcaroglu/status/828931157626458112?s=17)



Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) tweeted at 4:14 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

A 50-year occupation: Israel’s six-day war started with a lie https://t.co/0s7lSxia1S by @mehdirhasan (http://twitter.com/DanielWickham93/status/875295474340823040?s=17)


circular graphic (ellen macarthur et al)

Leyla Acaroglu (@LeylaAcaroglu) tweeted at 4:43 AM – 27 Jun 2017 :

Grab the FREE Guide and Studio Poster over on @unschools online learning platform https://t.co/Yqld06aUWY #MAKECHANGE #disruptivebydesign https://t.co/AERCcS7zHa(http://twitter.com/LeylaAcaroglu/status/879651328913539073?s=17)

everything is interconnected

thurman interconnectedness law


Leyla Acaroglu (@LeylaAcaroglu) tweeted at 5:24 AM on Wed, Sep 13, 2017:
I just published “Tools for Systems Thinkers: Getting into Systems Dynamics… and Bathtubs” https://t.co/fv3CFqYim7

In many cases when you take one part of the system away it ceases to function, such as taking the wheels off a car or removing a vital organ from a body. It’s the interconnectedness that makes a system work, and one of the best examples of interactive systems design is nature — it is composed of many individual parts working together to create the dynamic whole that is the planet.

none of us if one of us

the main points to start off with are that systems are constantly changing. They can be defined by boundaries, but are dynamically interconnected and they can be explored through stocks and flows.

A stock is anything that exists within the system (like people, trees, money, cats, pineapples, students, guns, happiness, etc.), and flows are the feedbacks between these stocks (like how money moves through the economy or how water flows through a waterway) and flows are the change in stocks over time.

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Leyla Acaroglu (@LeylaAcaroglu) tweeted at 5:28 AM on Wed, Sep 13, 2017:
Chapter 2 of my #systemsthinking series is all about tricks for getting into systems dynamics (and bathtubs…) https://t.co/657K8eOE5v