banner-mobile.jpg
unschool knowldge.jpg
nature.jpg
abstract colour.jpeg
SP_team.jpg
berlin1.jpg
camera.jpg
earth.jpg
tumblr_mkrr2pZQ851rkz363o2_1280.jpg
banner-mobile.jpg

About the unschooL


 

WE ARE A BOUNDARY-PUSHING EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE LAB FOR CREATIVE REBELS AND CHANGE AGENTS THAT POPS-UP AROUND THE WORLD ACTIVATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

 

CHECK OUT OUR PROGRAMS >

SCROLL DOWN

About the unschooL


 

WE ARE A BOUNDARY-PUSHING EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE LAB FOR CREATIVE REBELS AND CHANGE AGENTS THAT POPS-UP AROUND THE WORLD ACTIVATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

 

CHECK OUT OUR PROGRAMS >

ActivatING SOCIAL change at the unschool

The UnSchool of Disruptive Design is an experimental knowledge lab for creative rebels and change agents. We work with designers, artists, innovators, social entrepreneurs and world-changing-types to curate unique, cerebrally activating programming that re-orients the way we participate in the world around us. We are all about creating and sharing positively disruptive approaches to activating social change.


Our lab encourages people from diverse professional backgrounds to reorient the way they perceive and act in the world, to maximize their capacity to influence and affect positive social change.

We help emerging leaders and established professionals rapidly up-skill in designing interventions for social innovation. Our programs center on our unique approach to change-making through the disruptive design method.

Our three knowledge pillars of systems, sustainability and design allow us to build fascinating and unique cerebrally-activating classes that don't exist anywhere else.

The best way to predict the future is to design it.
— Buckminster Fuller

We are a small startup that has been busy building a global community of emerging leaders and established professionals who work to proactively and provocatively disrupt the status quo for positive change.

We are cultivating a thriving ecosystem of thinkers and doers who see problems as opportunities for innovation and creative change.

Our version of disruption is all about challenging the status quo, intervening in systems to leverage large-scale social change. 

The unschool of disruptive design logo color

We were founded to help fill what we see as a 'knowledge/action gap' that exists between knowing there are problems and having the mental models and skillsets required to actively intervene and design solutions. 

We created the Disruptive Design Methodology to offer fresh approaches to skill development and knowledge transfer for the growing global community of people who want to participate in solving significant social and environmental issues. 

We are all about challenging the dominant idea that individual agency is limited in affecting positive change through professional and personal practice.

Our programs are designed for the purpose-driven leader, the agitator and the passionate communicator willing and wanting to participate in activated change. 

We are the proud winners of a CORE77 design education initiative notable mention and the recipients of the community award!

unschool knowldge.jpg

OUR Knowledge


The UnSchool learning model employs experience-based knowledge transfer techniques to evoke and activate transformative change. We equip purpose-driven leaders with tools for making change by design.

READ ABOUT THE DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD >

OUR Knowledge


The UnSchool learning model employs experience-based knowledge transfer techniques to evoke and activate transformative change. We equip purpose-driven leaders with tools for making change by design.

READ ABOUT THE DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD >

At the center of all that we do is the Disruptive Design Methodology, which incorporates systems thinking, sustainability sciences, sociology and design approaches to address complex problem arenas. 

The Disruptive Design Methodology overcomes linear, reductionist thinking by developing new approaches to creative problem solving, and forming a 3-dimensional perspective of a problem arena.

Our iterative 3-part process of Mining, Landscaping and Building can be applied to business, government and individual practices in hyper-local or global change-making.


nature.jpg

OUR Values


 

The UnSchool is a value and agenda driven social enterprise that seeks to inspire, provoke and activate positive social change through creative interventions and unique educative experiences. Our mission is to activate creative leadership for social and environmental change. We develop programs for emerging leaders, established professionals and the wider creative community that pop up around the world.

 

OUR Values


 

The UnSchool is a value and agenda driven social enterprise that seeks to inspire, provoke and activate positive social change through creative interventions and unique educative experiences. Our mission is to activate creative leadership for social and environmental change. We develop programs for emerging leaders, established professionals and the wider creative community that pop up around the world.

 

The UnSchool of Disruptive Design is committed to being a positive social force, activating self-selecting change agents around the world to address complex social and environmental problems creatively. We are all about positively disrupting the status quo for outcomes that generate new and creative solutions to age-old problems. Currently, we are experimenting with different revenue and business models to advance social entrepreneurship. 


Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
— Buckminster Fuller

We are strongly committed to minimizing our environmental impact. Our general operating guidelines include not using disposable items, opting for low carbon travel options when available, serving vegetarian food, actively seeking and creating new and unique ways to produce content in sustainable ways. 

While each program we run varies in cost, we aim to make them as affordable and equitable as possible, whilst still being able to build the capacity and reach of the school with integrity. As a social enterprise, we work hard to grow opportunities for access and participation while advancing our core agenda of creating innovative models for knowledge transfer and social activation. 

abstract colour.jpeg

our Impact


our Impact


Making change

We are committed to activating positive social change through our programs, content and community. We partner with local organisations to help solve critical real-world issues, provide as many scholarships and equity access programs as we can, and are constantly challenging ourselves to find ways of making positive impact in the world.

EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Since we started our immersive programs in 2015, we have given 40 recipients over $68K of scholarships to our programs.  Our growing community of 100+ people comes from 28 countries. 

FELLOWSHIP 24hour CHALLENGE PARTNERS 

During our fellowship program, we run a 24hour design challenge for our fellows to apply their new knowledge.

Developed with an organisation local to the host city, this is a real-world design challenge that requires fellows to apply the Disruptive Design Method to a social or environmental issue. Fellows are given a design brief, placed in teams, and given 24 hours to develop design solutions that address the problem using the DD Method.

Mentors and lead educators are on hand to help throughout. When the 24 hours are up, the teams are given 10 minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of mentor and client representative judges. This high pressure environment challenges the fellows to apply what they have learned, while mixing in their own pre-existing skill set and finding ways to collaborate in solving a common quest.


unschool impact: critical areas we have worked on, financial inclusion

CASE STUDY


Financial Inclusion in Emerging Economies 

Working with a large micro-financing institution that services Latin America, our Mexico City fellows tackled the challenge of identifying opportunities and designing new models to extend financial inclusion for financially disadvantaged Mexican communities.

Result: Suggestions included redesigns for the institution's current processes, ideas for alternative access points, delivery methods of micro-financing, and initiatives to increase the chances of borrowers' financial stability and success.


CASE STUDY


Opportunities for Refugees 

Working with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Australia, Melbourne fellows took on the challenge of overcoming access issues that blocked thousands of asylum seekers from participating in their unique entrepreneurship programs. 

Result: With the end goal of increasing opportunities for empowered employment and mentoring within the refugee community in Australia, fellows proposed systems-based interventions that leveraged unique positive engagement approaches to activate a marginalized community.

Refugee issues unschool impact areas

Sustainable Apparel Production challenge area UnSchool Impact

CASE STUDY


Sustainable Apparel Production 

Our New York fellows worked with a very large apparel manufacturing facility in Pakistan to design social and environmental interventions. The brief was to increase the environmental performance of producing +25,000 units per day for one of the largest apparel companies in the US.

Result: Several of the design solutions and process changes suggested by our fellows have been implemented to benefit the social and environmental operating processes of the manufacturer. 


CASE STUDY


Anti-corruption in Brazil 

During our fellowship in São Paulo, we partnered with Transparency International to explore cultural interventions that could help address the systemic issues of corruption in Brazil.

Result: The client described the process as being "incredibly enlightening" and is currently incorporating many of the outcomes into their new campaign design. 

unschool impact areas anti-corruption

The UnSchool seeks out collaborators and partnerships with like-minded organizations, committed to actioning sustainability and leveraging positive change.

If you're interested in partnering with us, send a note to here >

 

SP_team.jpg

the Team


 

We are global, intrepid, dedicated explorers of the world, social impact and creative change. Our team may be tiny, but we are mighty! 

 

the Team


 

We are global, intrepid, dedicated explorers of the world, social impact and creative change. Our team may be tiny, but we are mighty! 

 

berlin1.jpg

the unschool Community


the unschool Community


we are a growing global community of creative change makers

WE HAVE OVER 140 ALUMNI FROM 32 COUNTRIES. COMMITTED, TALENTED, PASSIONATE, CREATIVE REBELS, OUR ALUMNI ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM. 

 

what OUR incredible alumni say about the unschool experIEnce 

 

HOW DO PEOPLE GET TO THE UNSCHOOL?

OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS FUND THEIR WAY TO THE UNSCHOOL IN DIFFERENT WAYS, FROM CROWDFUNDING, TO EMPLOYER SPONSORSHIP AND SELF-INVESTING. THEY'VE SHARED AMAZING STORIES ABOUT HOW THEY CONVINCED THEIR BOSSES, RALLIED THE SUPPORT OF THEIR NETWORKS, AND PASSED UP OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO COMMIT TO THEIR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT:

 

Crowdfunding

There are crowdfunding platforms around the world, and every single one of our alumni who have taken this route has successfully funded their way, thanks to their own community and even some of our alumni supporting them!

Aside from the financial assistance it offers you in covering tuition, travel and accommodation, crowdfunding is an amazing personal growth experience and as many of our alumni say, the side bonuses are leadership development, confidence boosts and business development (don’t be surprised if your crowdfunding campaign leads to paid work gigs!)

The UnSchool will share your campaign with our community and help you promote it across our networks.

Employer Sponsorship

From Fellowships to Workshops and Masterclasses, in every program we have run we have had participants who successfully got their employers to fund their participation. An effective method for getting employer support is offering an exchange. This usually takes the form of running a post-program workshop or knowledge sharing experience with the organization to help build internal capabilities.

Show your boss you are committed by asking them to co-invest in your professional development. Many of our alumni ask their employers to co-fund their participation in the program. They have found that one approach that works is to offer a strong case for how the new knowledge will assist them with their work, leadership and professional development, and how they can share learnings with their team and ultimately how the company can benefit.

 

CHECK OUT OUT OUR FIRST YEARBOOK, MADE BY OUR ALUMNI!

 

meet our fellowship alumni

Cohort 1: NYC, June 2015

 

Cohort 2: Mexico City, November 2015

 

Cohort 3: Melbourne, Jan 2016

 

Cohort 4: São Paulo, July 2016

 

Cohort 5: Berlin, October 2016

 

Cohort #6 Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Cohort #7 San Fran, USA coming soon!

camera.jpg

Press


 

Founded in 2014, the UnSchool has run programs in 6 countries and now has over 100 alumni. This is just some of the media coverage of us. 

 

Press


 

Founded in 2014, the UnSchool has run programs in 6 countries and now has over 100 alumni. This is just some of the media coverage of us. 

 

earth.jpg

SUPPORTERS


 

Big thanks to our amazing supporters and collaborators for helping us deliver engaging content to emerging and established leaders around the world!

 

 

SUPPORTERS


 

Big thanks to our amazing supporters and collaborators for helping us deliver engaging content to emerging and established leaders around the world!

 

 


tumblr_mkrr2pZQ851rkz363o2_1280.jpg

CONTACT US


CONTACT US


Our HQ is in New York City AND our programs pop-up in cities aROUND the world. From Mexico to Melbourne, we curate brain-activating events, fellowship programs and unique knowledge transfer experiences that activATe POSITIVE CHANGE AND sustainability leadership. 

 

Name *
Name

THE UNSCHOOL OF DISRUPTIVE DESIGN IS A PROJECT OF DISRUPT DESIGN, A DESIGN STUDIO FOUNDED BY LEYLA ACAROGLU, FOCUSED ON USING DESIGN AS A CATALYST FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE.