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An Exploration of Cradle-to-Cradle Design Thinking

Three 45-minute periods

Students explore beliefs, strategies and actions related to the concept of Cradle to Cradle design, and make connections to their lives. They share their response to the question, “Why is it important for global citizens to understand the basic natural laws and principles?” during a formal Socratic Seminar discussion, supporting their responses with information from the following resources:

  • The NEXT Industrial Revolution (William McDonough and Michael Braungart, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1998)
  • A TedTalk by William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle design
  • Earth Basics for Sustainable Living, adapted from The Natural Step (
  • Biography Of TerraCycle Founder CEO Tom Szaky

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