The DIF is an interactive online event series that aims to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy.

Originally run for three weeks every November, the DIF now shares and explores disruptive ideas and stories across a range of topics, three times throughout the year.

Dates confirmed for 2019...

  • 14th June - one day DIF hosted from a popup studio in London
  • 10th-12th September - speakers and themes will be announced soon
  • 11th-15th November - nominate yourself to speak at our biggest event of the year


The DIF shares disruptive ideas and stories on a number of topics to spark conversations with a global audience.

Types of sessions include: DIF Studio - sessions from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation studio, DIF on Air - sessions streamed via Google Hangouts and DIF Films - high quality video productions.

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Speak at the DIF

Our events feature the world's leading thinkers and innovators working on the cutting edge. Previous speakers include Sir Ken Robinson, Douglas Rushkoff, Robin Chase, Paul Mason, Kate Raworth, Jyrki Katainen, Ida Auken, and Ann Pettifor.

We open up our schedule for applications from organisations and individuals to showcase their latest thinking and activities. What's involved in speaking or hosting a session during a DIF event? Take a look at our speaker guide and tell us about your idea to get into our lineup in November.

While the first period of applications for November 2019 has officially closed, we still have some spots left. The schedule already looks very promising, so if you want to apply to take part - please submit your application before the 20th September. As we review applications intermittently, the sooner the better!

Watch the DIF

Although the Festival is not currently in its live phase, sessions from the past five years of the DIF are available on our Youtube Channel to watch.


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