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MELBOURNE FELLOWSHIP JAN 2016


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MELBOURNE FELLOWSHIP JAN 2016


un-school emerging leaders fellowship in sao paulo

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Jan 23-29, 2016

In Jan 2016 we are heading down-under to soak up the incredible atmosphere of Melbourne, with its tiny laneways and energetic arts culture. Un-School is popping up for another amazing week-long brain-activating adventure in all things social innovation, sustainability and making change! We will select 14 wonderful, whip-smart emerging leaders to join us a diverse lineup of mentors, we will embark on a series of unforgettable cerebrally stimulating, game-changing knowledge experiences that you will be able to carry forward and use in your practice and life. 

A LITTLE UPDATE: We have selected and invited our fellows, 14 incredible people from 5 countries will be joining us for a brain-activating social innovation filled week in January. Sadly one of our fellows can't make it to Australia and so we have opened up their spot for last minute applications. APPLY HERE >

Our team is busy designing the week, inviting surprise mentors and curating the knowledge journey for the week, all we can say right now, is wow! We will announced the fellows and provide a day-by-day account of what we get up to down under on our blog > #unschoolmelb

MEET THE MELBOURNE Mentors 

Leyla Acaroglu

Leyla Acaroglu (PhD) is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-School of Disruptive Design! She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change) and is the director of Disrupt Design. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design! WEBSITE > 

Leyla Acaroglu (PhD) is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-School of Disruptive Design! She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change) and is the director of Disrupt Design. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design! WEBSITE > 

Jess Miller 

As day job, Jess leads the 202020 Vision – a collective impact campaign that is increasing and improving urban green space by 20% by 2020. Jess is founded Grow it Local - campaign that seeks to improve urban and suburban food resilience by encouraging small-scale urban farming through bribery (amazing dinner) and cheap tricks (very good-looking people). Grow it Local is also the vehicle through which Jess realized her vision of doing 80s Garden Aerobics in full fluoro lycra alongside Costa Georgiadis during a busy lunchtime in Swanson Street. She is the TEDxSydney food curator. In 2012 she introduced the idea of crowd-farming, and in 2015 she based the day’s menu around the idea of ‘rebel food’ to discourage supermarket diets and broaden the food spectrum to include bugs, weeds, ugly food and wasted cuts of meat and seafood. She co-created the Elizabeth Street Gallery, a ‘guerilla’ long-form photo essay gallery located (initially illegally) on an ugly wall on Elizabeth Street. She has worked with lots of interesting groups, businesses and agencies including Republic of Everyone, Right Angle Studio, AMPlify, Librarians, local council, State Government. She has won some awards.WEBSITE >  

As day job, Jess leads the 202020 Vision – a collective impact campaign that is increasing and improving urban green space by 20% by 2020. Jess is founded Grow it Local - campaign that seeks to improve urban and suburban food resilience by encouraging small-scale urban farming through bribery (amazing dinner) and cheap tricks (very good-looking people). Grow it Local is also the vehicle through which Jess realized her vision of doing 80s Garden Aerobics in full fluoro lycra alongside Costa Georgiadis during a busy lunchtime in Swanson Street. She is the TEDxSydney food curator. In 2012 she introduced the idea of crowd-farming, and in 2015 she based the day’s menu around the idea of ‘rebel food’ to discourage supermarket diets and broaden the food spectrum to include bugs, weeds, ugly food and wasted cuts of meat and seafood.

She co-created the Elizabeth Street Gallery, a ‘guerilla’ long-form photo essay gallery located (initially illegally) on an ugly wall on Elizabeth Street. She has worked with lots of interesting groups, businesses and agencies including Republic of Everyone, Right Angle Studio, AMPlify, Librarians, local council, State Government. She has won some awards.WEBSITE >  

Adam Morris

Adam Morris is one of Australia’s most respected Creative Directors and designers. Creative Director, co-founder of Studio Thick, Adam is a veteran Creative Director, having held some of the country’s most coveted senior creative posts; as Creative Director at DT, Digital Creative Director for the Ogilvy group in Melbourne and Digital Director atCornwell. Through his proficiency in information architecture, user experience design and digital marketing, Adam has led multiple award-winning projects for the world’s most successful brands across Europe and Australia. Adam is a co-founder of Thick. He is passionate about the power of design to improve people's lives, and guides our clients through relevant and effective design processes to ensure their experiences, services and products deliver genuine and meaningful value. WEBSITE >

Adam Morris is one of Australia’s most respected Creative Directors and designers. Creative Director, co-founder of Studio Thick, Adam is a veteran Creative Director, having held some of the country’s most coveted senior creative posts; as Creative Director at DT, Digital Creative Director for the Ogilvy group in Melbourne and Digital Director atCornwell.

Through his proficiency in information architecture, user experience design and digital marketing, Adam has led multiple award-winning projects for the world’s most successful brands across Europe and Australia.

Adam is a co-founder of Thick. He is passionate about the power of design to improve people's lives, and guides our clients through relevant and effective design processes to ensure their experiences, services and products deliver genuine and meaningful value. WEBSITE >

Simon Griffiths

In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, Simon moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding. Since then he has launched three social businesses of his own, all focused on revolutionising the way society thinks about and engages in philanthropy. Simon’s latest venture is an ethical home products company. Its flagship product is Who Gives A Crap, an environmentally friendly toilet paper that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He is also well known for his work as co-founder of Shebeen, Australia’s first non-profit bar. Shebeen sells exotic beer and wine from the developing world with the profit from each sale supporting a project in that particular drink’s country of origin.   Simon’s work has been written up by The Standford Social Innovation Review and The New York Times. In 2010 he became Australia’s first Fellow of The Unreasonable Institute, in 2011 he was recognized by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year. WEBSITE >    

In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, Simon moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding. Since then he has launched three social businesses of his own, all focused on revolutionising the way society thinks about and engages in philanthropy.

Simon’s latest venture is an ethical home products company. Its flagship product is Who Gives A Crap, an environmentally friendly toilet paper that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He is also well known for his work as co-founder of Shebeen, Australia’s first non-profit bar. Shebeen sells exotic beer and wine from the developing world with the profit from each sale supporting a project in that particular drink’s country of origin.

 

Simon’s work has been written up by The Standford Social Innovation Review and The New York Times. In 2010 he became Australia’s first Fellow of The Unreasonable Institute, in 2011 he was recognized by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year. WEBSITE >

 

 

Trent Jansen

Award winning designer Trent Jansen focuses on producing sustainable designs, with pieces that can connect with the user and bypass the disposable mentality of many of today’s modern designs. In addition to many awards and accolades he was the joint winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award in 2008 and the 2010 Edra Design Residency at Space Furniture – a residency established to cultivate local talent and bridge the manufacturing gap by connecting Australian designers with world-leading Italian manufacturers. In late 2004 Trent Jansen opened his own studio in Sydney, Australia. Jansen’s practice is for the most part focused on creating honest and poetic sustainable design, developing pieces that aim to maintain a lasting relationship with their user. This work becomes a life long companion instead of a disposable thing, fostering meaningful relationships through the honesty and personality that this work possesses. Trent Jansen’s work has been featured in such design publications as: I.D. - ‘The International Design Magazine - New + Notable 2008’, &Fork - ‘100 of the World’s Most Interesting Product Designers’ - Phaidon Press Limited, 2007 and Open Doors - ‘Fresh Thinking in Australian Architecture and Interiors’ - Ripe Off The Press, 2007. WEBSITE >

Award winning designer Trent Jansen focuses on producing sustainable designs, with pieces that can connect with the user and bypass the disposable mentality of many of today’s modern designs. In addition to many awards and accolades he was the joint winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award in 2008 and the 2010 Edra Design Residency at Space Furniture – a residency established to cultivate local talent and bridge the manufacturing gap by connecting Australian designers with world-leading Italian manufacturers.

In late 2004 Trent Jansen opened his own studio in Sydney, Australia. Jansen’s practice is for the most part focused on creating honest and poetic sustainable design, developing pieces that aim to maintain a lasting relationship with their user. This work becomes a life long companion instead of a disposable thing, fostering meaningful relationships through the honesty and personality that this work possesses.

Trent Jansen’s work has been featured in such design publications as: I.D. - ‘The International Design Magazine - New + Notable 2008’, &Fork - ‘100 of the World’s Most Interesting Product Designers’ - Phaidon Press Limited, 2007 and Open Doors - ‘Fresh Thinking in Australian Architecture and Interiors’ - Ripe Off The Press, 2007. WEBSITE >

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SÃO Paulo Fellowship June 2016


SÃO Paulo Fellowship June 2016


join us in São Paulo, Brazil, June 19-25, 2016!

A huge, effervescent and multicultural city, the cultural and economic center of Brazil, São Paulo is where things happen... including this thing called the UnSchool of Disruptive Design’s Fellowship! June 19-25, 2016, our 7-day fellowship program for emerging leaders will pop up in São Paulo! Join us for an intensive brain-bending week of creative activations for social and sustainable change. Dive deep into the disruptive design methodology and connect with a cohort of like minded creative rebels and change agents. Download the info pack >

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mentors

 

Leyla Acaroglu un-school founder and mentor

Leyla Acaroglu - UnSchool Founder, SUSTAINABILITY PROVOCATEUR 

Leyla Acaroglu (PhD) is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-School of Disruptive Design! She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change) and is the director of Disrupt Design. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and travels the world advocating for progressive soical and sustainabale change. 

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Luisa Santiago Un-School Mentor

Luisa Santiago - CE100 Brazil Program Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Luisa is working to implement and lead the Circular Economy 100 Brazil Programme for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, leveraging her expertise and network in the Brazilian market to expand the successful model of the first satellite location designed to unlock local opportunities for the circular economy in Brazil. Luisa consults in strategy and sustainability areas, working in collaboration with businesses, governments and the third-sector. She has worked on grass-root projects in the Amazon and in the Middle East on sustainability projects in mining. Luisa has conducted an extensive study into 'inclusive recycling' of waste (that is, waste recycling with economic participation of the informal waste-pickers) in 15 countries in Latin America, as well as a deep collaboration of over 1 year with the City of Rio de Janeiro in building its city resilience strategy. Luisa holds a Masters in sustainable development practices, having presented the first academic essay in circular economy in Brazil. 

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DR. Stuart Candy - Experiential Futurist

Dr Stuart Candy is an experiential futurist on a mission to bring foresight to life, aiming to use immersive, participatory and guerrilla futures interventions to pattern a wiser and more vital culture of public imagination. His work has appeared at conferences and museums around the world, on the Discovery Channel, and in the pages of Wired magazine and The Economist. Often sought out for strategic input on unusual initiatives, he has worked with organisations including the United Nations Development Programme, the University of Oxford, the Sydney Opera House, UNESCO, IDEO, Arup, Interface, and the government of Singapore. He recently co-created the award-winning imagination game The Thing From The Future, and helped to design the 2016 Museum of the Future at the World Government Summit in Dubai. He is currently Director of the Situation Lab and a tenure-track professor in the world's first hybrid foresight/design program, at OCAD University in Toronto. Stuart is a two-time Graduate Degree Fellow of the East-West Center (Hawaii), and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation (San Francisco), the INK Conference (India), and the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro). Website

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Kyle Wiens Un-School Mentor

Kyle Wiens - CEO + Co-Founder IFIXIT.COM

Kyle Wiens is the co-founder of iFixit, the repair community internationally renowned for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. iFixit empowers millions of people to repair their broken stuff every month. Kyle has testified on electronic exports before the International Trade Commission and is actively involved in developing global environmental standards.

Kyle regularly speaks on design for repair, service documentation, and sustainable electronics. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Popular Mechanics and the Wall Street Journal.

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Un-School Mentor Tom�s de Lara

Tomás de Lara - Co-leader Sistema B Brasil

Social entrepreneur and a conscious business netweaver, Tomás co-founded Goma a co-owning space and collaborative ecosystem of social entrepreneurs and two Hubs of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. Business administrator with a master in digital communication, Tomás is a specialist on collaborative and sustainable economies, is a co-leader of B Corps movement in Brazil, member of the board of Coca-Cola Brazil’s foundation and a teacher at Brazil’s leading social innovation schools. Invited in 2013 to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss technologies for social innovation and crowdfunding, Tomás is based now in Rio de Janeiro focusing his work, studies and lectures on fostering the shift of old businesses paradigms that are based on competitive and EGOcentric culture to ECOcentric and collaborative economical life supporting systems.

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Garance Choko un-school mentor

Garance Choko - innovation strategist and PARTICIPATORY designer

Garance is a social entrepreneur, international system builder and innovation strategist. She is the founder of Coda, a global network of grassroots problem solvers exchanging how-tos across continents. Born and raised in Paris, France, she started her career as a concert pianist at the age of 3. Later, when she moved to the United States to continue her performance studies, she pursued her passion for political theory and design practices. She has designed organizational structures, national and local health care systems, educational programs, impact evaluations and poverty relief strategies for institutions, corporations and governments in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University. Garance's philosophy is rooted in challenging the notion of institutionalized expertise and its deriving power structures. She has used participatory design principles in her work with the US Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Global Initiative, Purpose, The Lowline, Community Solutions, and Nesta. As a speaker and educator, she has taught her unique participatory design framework at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Parsons, Brown, and to high-level government officials. Twitter

WHAT YOU NEEd TO KNOW:

WHEN IS IT EXACTLY?
1 full week intensive=7 packed days
SÃO PAULO 2016 DATES: 
Sunday June 19th - Saturday June 25th

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Each fellowship week is jam-packed with activities, classes, events, workshops, special meals and tours. The full tuition cost is $2,500USD (we offer discounts and scholarships, check the application form for more details) and includes all activities, workshop materials, transport within Sao Paulo for the duration of the program,  most meals, and plenty of snacks. 

 

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?
Yes! As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Fellows are selected based on merit first. With our selection made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on need. Payment plans are available to any fellow granted a place in the program.
*Within the general application, you will have the opportunity to request a scholarship and/or payment plan.

 

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? 
You apply by completing the application. (Maybe that part was obvious.) Then, our team of mentors assess applications. We offer fellowships to 16 people. 
We aim to have a super diverse group of people along for the ride and selection is based on a range of criteria.

 

WILL THERE BE PANCAKES?
Yes! We like pancakes. From New York City, to Mexico City, to Melbourne, São Paulo and beyond... we will make sure to incorporate fresh-made pancakes into our programs! 

 

HAVE A QUESTION OR CONCERN NOT ADDRESSED HERE?
Feel free to reach out and ask us about whatever's on your mind.

 

WHO IS THIS FELLOWSHIP FOR?
Our fellowship program is designed for adults. Specifically, for emerging leaders who want to expand their mental toolsets, develop strong connections with likeminded people and activate their leadership skills. This opportunity of for the misfits and mavericks of positive change, the curious and / or for those that are perhaps a little ‘stuck’ in their current positions. We take people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and provide an immersive and highly engaging (cerebrally and personally) environment for activating change!


WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS?
You'll learn the full Un-School curriculum, which covers design, systems thinking, sustainability and social innovation & entrepreneurship. You'll learn activated leadership skills. You'll hang out with amazing mentors that will provide ongoing support to help you get your projects up and running. You'll be part of the growing but tight and curated community of Un-School fellows from all over the world.


DO I NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK?
Yes, you do. The fellowship is designed to activate leadership and we have invited mentors to work with the group throughout the week. As the week progresses, your learnings will build upon other lessons so it's important not to miss any. You'll also have projects and real-world client challenges that require teamwork and full commitment. You should plan to block your schedule out and to be available for the fellowship from 9AM to 9PM most days (we schedule some downtime too!). The week will be jam-packed with workshops, field trips, projects, food and, of course, fun!


WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
The fellowship program is relevant for any industry and professional background. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change! 

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MAY EDUCATORS SYMPOSIUM MEXICO


3-DAY EDUCATORS SYMPOSIUM IN MEXICO
MAY 2016

MAY EDUCATORS SYMPOSIUM MEXICO


3-DAY EDUCATORS SYMPOSIUM IN MEXICO
MAY 2016

Educators Symposium IN Valle de Bravo, May 27-29, 2016

UMA Un-School Educators Symposium Mexico May 2016

In partnership with UMA Mexico, the Un-School of Disruptive Design is hosting a three day educators symposium in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, which will bring together 30-40 diverse educators and educational entrepreneurs from around the world. Set for May 27-29th, 2016, this symposium will provide a place for people, that are working to increase literacy in social and environmental sustainability across disciplines, to share and collaborate on creative strategies for effecting social change.

The agenda for the three days mirrors the symposium’s objectives: to share, reflect on, evolve and build tactics, tools and models for effectively enabling collective and individual approaches to increasing sustainability literacy.

The symposium is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please complete our invitation registry (see below).

3 day symposium registration fee: $300US


*The educators symposium concludes one day before our 4-day Pre-Certification Masterclass begins. Both programs will be held in Valle de Bravo, and we are offering a full 7-day registration option for those interested in both. Learn more about our intensive masterclass here >

 

REQUEST AN INVITATION TO THE MAY SYMPOSIUM

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Mexico Masterclass 4-Day Intensive in Mexico


Mexico Masterclass 4-Day Intensive in Mexico


APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. cHECK OUT OUR NEXT MASTERCLASS IN RIO >

Disruptive design Masterclass Mexico

DISRUPTIVE DESIGN masterclass FOR SOCIAL CHANGE makers & EDUCATORS IN VALLE DE BRAVO, MEXICO,

may 23-26th 2016

This May, join us in the beautiful Valle de Bravo, 2 hours from Mexico City, for a 4-day intensive pre-certification program on our unique Disruptive Design Methodology. The 14-unit curriculum dives deep into systems, sustainability and design methods for enacting social change. The program is taught by the Un-School founder, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, and covers the full set of Un-School classes-- systems thinking, gamification and game theory, ethics and empathy, cognitive sciences for change making, life cycle thinking and more. Dive deep into a project and get one-on-one mentoring to help you activate it!

 

 

4 days + welcome group dinner, one-on-one project mentoring, beautiful recriational location

4 day intensive in the Disruptive Design Method

VALLE DE BRAVO MASTERCLASS DETAILS 

LOCATION

DATES

Registration

  • Applications close April 22

  • 4 day pre-certification training: $1200

  • Some partial scholarships available

  • 4 day training  + 3 day Symposium: $1500

  • 7 day full package including accommodation plus transportation to and from the airport: $2200

  • Places are limited

  • By application only

SCHEDULE 

Day 1: Monday 23rd

  • 9.30am - 5pm classes
  • Welcome group dinner event

Day 2: Tuesday 24th

  • 9.30am - 5pm classes
  • suggested small group activities 

Day 3: Wednesday 25th 

  • 9.30am-5pm classes
  • Free evening to enjoy Valle de Bravo!

Day 4: Thursday 26th 

  • 9.30am - 5pm classes
  • 5pm - 7pm closing drinks

As this is our pre-certification program; upon the completion of all course requirements, you will have the opportunity to apply to become a certified educator of the Un-School’s Disruptive Design Methodology for social change. The program is perfect for educators, designers, creative directors and professional practitioners that are engaged in social innovation and creative change. Run in an intensive Masterclass format over the course of 4 days, this program will be hosted at the beautiful and tranquil forest of Valle de Bravo’s Universidad del Medio Ambiente (University of the Environment). Come to get inspired, engaged and activated.


* You may want to join us for the entire week! We are hosting a 3-day Educators Symposium in the 3 days preceding the certification training. For those interested in both offerings, we have a full, 7 day, registration option. Learn more about the symposium here >

Testimonials: 

"Leyla's classes are incredible! I was so amazed by what I crammed into my brain in such a short time. Systems thinking is such a powerful tool and I'm so excited to be building new knowledge in this area" - Tracy, NYC class participant  

"If you are interested in discovering more about how he world works and build your own unique ways of helping to solve important probelms, then you should take this course" - Peter, NYC class participant  

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Mexico May Masterclass FAQs

What does the Masterclass include?

The Masterclass is made up of eight classes, each of which lasts three hours and covers two Disruptive Design models. In addition to the in-class workshop activities, Masterclass participants receive project mentoring plus access to curriculum resources, including the pre-pack (full of readings and preparation activities) and the full Disruptive Design guidebook by Leyla Acaroglu.

Who is this for? 

Educators, educational entrepreneurs, designers, creative strategists and practitioners, social innovators, strategic planners, innovation specialists, social change agents, campaign strategists and community organizers.

What will I get out of the training?

Once registered, you will receive a prep pack and begin to receive our bi-weekly reading list, which includes a suite of preparation activities and readings to get your mind primed for the training. During the 4 days we spend together in Valle de Bravo, we will dive deep into the full curriculum of Disruptive Design Methodology. You will also get to connect with amazing like minded practitioners, train in content delivery, and, once you have completed all the course requirements, you will be pre-registered to apply for certification in the Disruptive Design Methodology.

Are there other activities aside from the daily workshops?

Yes! We have a beautiful welcome dinner and some evening events planned for the group.

What is the 3 day educators symposium? 

In partnership with UMA Mexico, the Un-School of Disruptive Design is hosting a three day educators symposium in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, which will bring together 30-40 diverse educators and educational entrepreneurs from around the world. Held on May 27-29th, 2016, this symposium provides a place for people working to increase literacy in social and environmental sustainability across disciplines, to share and collaborate on, creative strategies for effecting social change.

The agenda for the three days mirrors the symposium’s objectives: to share, reflect on, evolve and build new tactics, tools and models for effectively enable collective and individual approaches to increasing sustainability literacy.

The symposium is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please complete our invitation registry.

What does the registration fee cover?

Regular registration (4 day pre-certification training) covers the full 4 day masterclass training as well as our welcome dinner. You will need to take care of all your own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The regular 7 day option (4 day training  + 3 day Symposium) covers your registration for both events, as well as the welcome dinner for the masterclass training and lunches each day.

The full 7 day package includes all of the above and in addition we organize your accommodation and transit from Mexico City to Valle de Bravo and back.
*For those of you that will be arranging your own transportation and accommodation, please note that once everyone has registered, we will aid in connecting participants to arrange group accommodation and/or shared airport links.

What does it mean to be certified in the Disruptive Design Methodology?

Beginning in June 2016, we will be offering a full certification program in the disruptive Design methodology that will allow practitioners to deliver all of our content and use our resources (presentations, workshop materials and experiential learning programs). There will be a small fee to apply for certification and you will also be required to demonstrate your aptitude with the core content. Certified practitioners will also be able to charge to teach our content and apply to run Un-School programming in different locations. All certified practitioners need to have completed the full 14 units and demonstrate an acute level of expertise in the content and thinking.

 Who should Take the Masterclass?

The full Disruptive Design Curriculum is designed to advance the skillsets of designers, educators, social innovators, innovation specialists, strategic planners and entrepreneurs.

What else will I have to do?

Weekly reading and prep list will be provided before the masterclass begins and it is expected that all participants will read and prepare before the class. 

*must be able to attend and pass all classes in order to pass be pre-certified

 What about accommodation? 

We have connections with local hotels and guest houses that will offer you a 10% discount when booking. We are also offering a small number of full packages for which we will organize all your accommodation as well as the transport from Mexico City to Valle de Bravo (and back).

 

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Rio 3-Day Intensive Masterclass


Rio 3-Day Intensive Masterclass


rio masterclass in disruptive design

join our intensive DISRUPTIVE DESIGN masterclass FOR SOCIAL CHANGE makers & EDUCATORS, JULY 1ST-3RD IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL!

This July, join us in Rio de Janeiro for a 3-day intensive pre-certification program on our unique Disruptive Design Methodology. The 12-unit curriculum dives deep into systems, sustainability and design methods for enacting social change. The program is taught by the Un-School founder, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, and covers the full set of Un-School classes -- systems thinking, gamification and game theory, ethics and empathy, cognitive sciences for change making, life cycle thinking and much more. Participants also work through a pre-existing or new project and get expert mentorship and advice in expanding it through the methodolog

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"The masterclass was wonderful. Leyla is a brilliant thinker and teacher who really inspired me to challenge my preconceived notions about design and social change. The class provided me with a set of useful tools I can utilize to affect change in my workplace and profession and also led me to be more observant of how design affects our every day lives. I have also become more cognizant about how much impact simple actions have on the entire system. I highly recommend the course." - Meghan Bagriel, Legal Practitioner, Masterclass Participant  
 

LOCATION

  • Templo Gavea - R. Duque Estrada, 41 - Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

DATES

  • 1, 2, 3 July 2016

Registration

  • 3 day pre-certification Masterclass training: $1200

  • Earlybird 10% discounted applications close May 20

  • Partial Scholarships available, especially for local residents 

  • Places are limited, so apply early

  • By application or invitation only

schedule 

Friday 1st July:

  • 9am - 6pm class sessions

  • 6pm Group Dinner

Saturday 2nd July:

  • 9am - 6pm class sessions

  • free evening (encouraged group work)

Sunday 3rd July:

  • 9am - 6pm class sessions

  • 6pm closing drinks 

About Pre-Certification 

As this is our pre-certification program; upon the completion of all course requirements, you will have the opportunity to apply to become a certified educator of the Un-School’s Disruptive Design Methodology for social change. The program is perfect for educators, designers, creative directors and professional practitioners that are engaged in social innovation and creative change. Run in an intensive Masterclass format over the course of 3 packed days, this program will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro (exact locations to be announced).

The only pre-requisite is a passion for participating in positive change, and an established practice in whatever your profession may be (which is to say: you're not fresh out of your undergrad; you're seasoned and have some formidable experience and expertise to build on). Come to get inspired, engaged and activated.


 

un-school disruptive design

Testimonials: 

"Leyla's classes are incredible! I was so amazed by what I crammed into my brain in such a short time. Systems thinking is such a powerful tool and I'm so excited to be building new knowledge in this area" - Tracy, NYC class participant  

"If you are interested in discovering more about how he world works and build your own unique ways of helping to solve important probelms, then you should take this course" - Peter, NYC class participant  

"It's like rapid businesses school for social social entrepreneurship" - Marta, NYC Masterclass Graduate 

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France Masterclass Retreat


November 2016 | Pre-Certification

APPLY NOW > 

France Masterclass Retreat


November 2016 | Pre-Certification

APPLY NOW > 

join us for a 3 day masterclass retreat in the french countryside this november 

Pre-certification program for established professionals wanting to gain a deep knowledge set with the Disruptive Design methodology for activated change making. 

Days till the program starts

 

2-4 November, Villersexel, France 

Our Masterclass program is designed for established professionals and educators who are committed to expanding and evolving their capacity to activate positive social change through their practice. Through 3 intensive days we drive through the 12 units of the Disruptive Design Methodology and explore the application this approach through real-world issues.  Participants will be eligible to apply for our certification program upon successful completion of the Masterclass. 

 

OUR BEAUTIFUL LOCATION FOR THE FRANCE MASTERCLASS

This Masterclass is taught in English by UnSchool founder Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool founder Leyla Acaroglu
 

location 

The Masterclass retreat is located in a beautiful property 2 hours by train from Paris, in the countryside close to Switzerland, Villersexel. 

The closest Train Station is Vesoul 

Registration 

  • Inclusive: $1,200US (€1,050) 
  • 2 night Accommodation + Tuition
  • Scholarships available
  • APPLY NOW > 

Accommodation 

There is some accommodation available at the workshop retreat location and we also have some partnerships with local hotels.  

We are offering an on-site accommodation + 

 

Schedule 

Participants can travel to Villersexel via train from Paris to arrive by the morning of the 2nd for an 11am start. 

Wednesday 2nd Nov

  • Arrive and start sessions: 11am 
  • Lunch: 2pm 
  • Complete day's sessions: 6pm 
  • 7pm: group welcome dinner 

Thursday 3rd Nov

  • 9am: sessions start
  • 1pm: lunch
  • 6pm: finish sessions  

Friday 4th Nov

  • 9am: sessions start
  • 1pm: lunch 
  • 4pm: finish session 
  • 4pm: closing reception 
  • 5pm: departure 

Location Facilities 

The property that is hosting our Masterclass include the following facilities for participants enjoyment: 

  • Spa area
  • Spacious living room and relaxation area
  • Beautiful large house with a dining room
  • Walks and outdoor relaxation
  • Accommodations for up to 8 people
Our Masterclasses are small group, high-impact session designed to rapidly transfer complex and practice tools to established professionals 

Our Masterclasses are small group, high-impact session designed to rapidly transfer complex and practice tools to established professionals 

 

This program is perfect for educators, designers, creative directors and professional design practitioners engaged in design, social innovation and creative change making.

Application Process 

We foster deep and rapid learning processes so our groups are always small. Thus, places often book out in advance, once all allocated places are filled, we can't take any more applicants. Please apply here >

The application process requires you to fill in this quick form. You will then be notified within 1 week if we are able to offer you a place, this email will include steps to accepting and confirming your place in the program.

 
 
 

our program Partners 

 
 
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Berlin Fellowship Oct 2016


Berlin Fellowship Oct 2016


we are taking our fellowship to BERLIN OCTOBER 8-14, 2016!

Berlin unschool fellowship oct 2016

the UnSchool team is heading to Berlin, ARGUABLY ONE OF THE COOLEST AND MOST CREATIVE CITIES ON THE PLANET, for our first European fellowship!

Our 7-day immersive Berlin Fellowship Program will run October 8-14, 2016. Join our team, 6 incredible mentors and 15 badass change makers, for a weeklong brain-activating adventure that explores social change, creative interventions and all things related to sustainability!

Ready to dive deep into the disruptive design methodology? Eager to connect with a cohort of like minded creative rebels and change agents who are all ACTIVELY participating in challenging the status quo?  Then you should apply. 

DAYS SINCE #UNSCHOOLBERLIN

our berlin MENTORS

 

Leyla Acaroglu unschool mentor and founder

Leyla Acaroglu

Leyla Acaroglu (PhD) is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-School of Disruptive Design! She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change) and is the director of Disrupt Design. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and travels the world advocating for progressive social and sustainable change. 

Twitter || Profile 

unschool mentor Julia Kloiber

Julia Kloiber

Julia is an activist who’s passionate about growing open communities. Since 2013, she has put her background in design and media studies to use as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and as a consultant for The Engine Room

Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data, such as Germany’s first Civic Tech Incubator ‘Stadt Land Code’ and a series of hackathons on transport, energy and citizen scienceCode for Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more than 350 members all across Germany.

Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and governments alike. She also enjoys speaking at conferences. In 2015 she co-organized the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two-day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech. In 2016 she will be kicking off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.

Rym Momtaz UnSchool Mentor

Rym Momtaz

Rym Momtaz is a Producer covering Global Events for ABC News. She specializes in coverage of Europe and the Middle East, with particular focus on the refugee crisis and global terrorism. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Before joining ABC News, she spent eighteen months as the Special Assistant to the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations during Lebanon’s tenure on the UN Security Council (UNSC). During that time, she served on the team that negotiated the two UNSC resolutions that authorized military intervention in Libya in 2011 as well as resolutions on Children in Armed Conflict and Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict. She has won an Emmy award, and was part of the ABC News team that won the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence. Twitter | Read her work here >

OUR AMAZING PARTNERS

Nils Chudy & Jasmina Grase unschool mentors

Nils Chudy & Jasmina Grase

Internationally awarded product designers and creators with experience working in Netherlands, Denmark, Berlin and Latvia. Educated in Design Academy Eindhoven (rated as top 5 university for conceptual design in the world). After winning New Talent Awards in Copenhagen- established a design studio “Chudy & Grase”. We developed interior products and in just a half year, we landed contracts with big manufacturers and produced our first series of furniture. In 2015 we moved to Berlin and founded MIITO with the aim to bring our first consumer electronic product to the mass market. 

Janet Gunter

Janet is an American/British anthropologist and blogger, a self-described ex-“aid worker” and the co-founder of The Restart Project, a social enterprise aiming to reduce electronic waste and transform our relationship to electronics. Janet’s work focuses on transformational projects involving communication, technology and new economies. She has worked for Maputo @Verdade, Mozambique’s largest circulation newspaper and continued to collaborate with them from afar, and worked in the past with the International Land Coalition on a project designed to help decentralize collection of data on large-scale land acquisition. Janet will be sharing her experiences as an advocate for sustainable design and repair. 

 

Nynke Tromp UnSchool Berlin Mentor

NYNKE TROMP

Dr. Nynke Tromp is an assistant professor Social Design & Behaviour Change at the department of Industrial Design, Delft University. She working as a social designer in practice at Reframing Studio and continues her work to the value of design in counteracting social problems. Tromp is intrigued by the fact that products change behaviour, often without people being aware of it, and often unintentionally. The central question to her studies is: how can we let this power of design work in favour of all of us and design it to promote pro-social behaviour?  Tromp works on the idea of social challenges being like organ donation, political engagement of citizens, and recovery from psychosis. In 2013, she won the Rotterdam Design Prize for temstem, a smartphone application to help people cope with hearing voices (developed at Reframing Studio). Currently, she is engaged in redesigning the Dutch mental health care sector, curbing the trade in ivory and rhino horn, and exploring the future of prisons.

 

OUR AMAZING SPONSORS  

check out what our fellowship IS all about 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHO IS THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR? . . .

Our fellowship program is designed for adults. Specifically, for emerging leaders who want to expand their mental toolsets, develop strong connections with likeminded people and activate their leadership skills. This opportunity of for the misfits and mavericks of positive change, the curious and / or for those that are perhaps a little ‘stuck’ in their current positions. We take people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and provide an immersive and highly engaging (cerebrally and personally) environment for activating change!

HOW LONG IS IT?. . .

1 full week intensive = 7 packed days

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? . . .

Each fellowship week is jam-packed with activities, classes, events, workshops, special meals and tours. The full tuition cost is $2,500USD (we offer some discounts and scholarships, check the application form for more details). This tuition fee includes all activities, workshop materials, transport within Berlin for the duration of the program, most meals, and plenty of snacks.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE? . . .

Yes! As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Fellows are selected based on merit first. With our selection made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on demonstrated need. Payment plans are available to any fellow granted a place in the program.
*Within the general application, you will have the opportunity to request a scholarship and/or payment plan.

WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS? . . .

You'll learn the core components of the UnSchool curriculum, which cover design, systems thinking, sustainability, social innovation & entrepreneurship. You'll learn activated leadership skills. You'll hang out with amazing mentors that will provide ongoing support to help you get your projects up and running. You'll be part of the growing but tight-knit and curated community of UnSchool alumni from all over the world.

DO I NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK? . . .

Yes, you do. The fellowship is designed to activate leadership and we have invited mentors to work with the group throughout the week. As the week progresses, your learnings will build upon other lessons, so it's important not to miss any. You'll also have projects and real-world client challenges that require teamwork and full commitment. You should plan to block your schedule out and to be available for the fellowship from 9AM to 9PM most days (we schedule some downtime too!). The week will be jam-packed with workshops, field trips, projects, food and, of course, fun!

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED? . . .

The fellowship program is relevant for any industry and professional background. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP? . . .

You become part of our growing alumni group of activated change agents from 20+ countries around the world. This gives you access to our mentors from all previous fellowship, and alumni-only opportunities such as hosting programs, apprenticeships and many other exciting leadership opportunities

WILL THERE BE PANCAKES? . . .

Yes! We like pancakes. From New York City, to Mexico City, Melbourne, São Paulo and now Berlin... we will make sure to incorporate fresh-made pancakes into our programs! Throughout our programs, we do our best to serve food that is sustainably sourced, vegetable-centric (yes, that means almost all vegetarian!) and healthy! So do not worry: you will be well fed.

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? . . .

You apply by completing the application (suprise!). After the deadline, our selection commitee assesses applications. We offer fellowships to an exclusive group of between 12 and 16 fellows. The aim is to curate a super diverse group of people who are ready to jump in head first. Selection is based on a range of criteria and we work hard to select cohorts with a range of experiences and backgrounds (both personal and professional). Our previous fellowships have included people from 12 countries (with applications from over 24 countries!), across industries and professions– from artists to architects, product designers to piano players!

IS THIS JUST FOR DESIGNERS AND CREATIVE TYPES? . . .

No! This is for designers, creative practitioners of all stripes, social advocates, activists, educators, communicators, entrepreneurs, consultants, artists, researchers, writers, engineers... anyone with a burning passion to make change is welcome to apply!

HOW LONG AFTER I APPLY WILL I FIND OUT IF I'M IN? . . .

Usually we have our final shortlist set 2 weeks after applications close. We start to notify in rounds until we have our top 12-16 fellows confirmed. Whether you were accepted or not, you will hear from us within a month of the application deadline.

I'VE ALREADY APPLIED AND WAS NOT ACCEPTED, CAN I APPLY AGAIN? . . .

Of course! If at first you don't succeed, pick yourself up and try again! We get overwhelmed by applications, which is a great thing as it means we have incredible cohorts. If you don't get in the first time, we encourage you to apply for our next program or to consider a Masterclass.

WHAT DO THE MENTORS DO? . . .

We invite a selection of established leaders to provide in-depth workshops during the week, alongside our core knowledge pillars. In addition to local mentors, we invite some mentors from other countries to join us for part of the week. Mentors usually run a session and, when possible, attend a dinner or host small group sessions as well. Rest assured you will be able connect with the mentors during and after the fellowship week.

CAN I REQUEST YOU COME TO MY CITY TO RUN A FELLOWSHIP? . . .

We program based on a number of factors. If you are super keen, reach out to us with a compelling case and we will run it by the programming team!k.

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Christchurch, NZ Fellowship Jan 2017


JANUARY 23-29, 2017

APPLICATIONS CLOSED BUT

Meet the #UNSCHOOLFELLOWS at #UNSCHOOLNZ & 
 & follow their adventures over on

our blog >.

 

Christchurch, NZ Fellowship Jan 2017


JANUARY 23-29, 2017

APPLICATIONS CLOSED BUT

Meet the #UNSCHOOLFELLOWS at #UNSCHOOLNZ & 
 & follow their adventures over on

our blog >.

 

Christchurch, here we come!

the UnSchool IS TAKING ITS BRAIN-ACTIVATING IMMERSIVE 7-DAY EXPERIENCE INTO ACTIVATED social CHANGE MAKING TO the WONDERFUL city of CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND, SUMMER 2017!

Christchurch Fellowship Program will run January 23-29, 2017. The Christchurch team will include 5 incredible mentors and 20 other badass change makers, for a weeklong brain-activating adventure that explores social change, creative interventions and all things related to sustainability!


Ready to dive deep into the disruptive design methodology? Eager to connect with a cohort of like minded creative rebels and change agents who are all ACTIVELY participating in challenging the status quo?  


 

our CHRISTCHURCH MENTORS

LEYLA ACAROGLU UNSCHOOL MENTOR

LEYLA ACAROGLU

Sustainability protagonist and cultural provocateur Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.  

As a designer, her works such as Design Play Cards, Game Changer Game, Secret Life of Things, Designercise, and the AIGA Gender Equity Toolkit, are at the forefront of activated experience design. She has authored several handbooks for change makers and continues to agitate for new ways of solving complex social problems through beautifully designed interventions. Leyla’s creative work is highly acclaimed, being featured in a permanent exhibition in the Leonardo di Vinci museum in Milan and earning commissions from the National Gallery of Victoria.


Jenn Whitty, UnSchool NZ Mentor

JENNIFER WHITTY

Jennifer Whitty is a sustainable design educator, researcher, designer, facilitator, writer and activist. Originally from Ireland, she teaches and practices at Massey University’s School of Design in New Zealand as Senior Lecturer of Fashion Design. She is the director and co-founder of Space Between a social enterprise for fashion. Her practice led research work is focused on developing new green business models and systems for alternative ecologies of fashion practice, which are connected to and have an impact on society. She strongly believes in the positive aspects that fashion can impart to both the individual and to our culture. Jennifer is involved in taking action to harness this power and to catalyse change in the current system by developing alternative roles for the fashion designer through activism and social innovation. She asks can we open up fashion to foster community, collaboration and innovation to provide a new vision and practice for fashion? Her work is informed by her industry experience in the fashion centres of Paris, New York and London. Her work has been exhibited in globally and in addition to her post in NZ she has been a visiting lecturer in Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, UK, China and Australia.


Raf Manji

Raf's main purpose in life is to help create a better world. His broad range of experience enables him to move easily between different sectors. Raf enjoys adding value wherever possible and relishes new challenges.

Raf is very passionate about developing a new generation of leaders and their disruptive technologies. He has spent many years examining the friction between the public and private space and is especially interested in the reform of our monetary, welfare and tax systems, as well as in the developing social investment and peer to peer sector. Raf is keen to develop a new social contract. His other areas of focus include: a universal basic income, overt monetary financing, participatory democracy, decentralization and a more strategic approach to policy development.

Raf is currently a Christchurch City Councillor and chair of the Strategy and Finance committee. His main focus has been the Council's financial position as well as its strategic direction and risk management.

After graduating from the University of Manchester in 1987 with a degree in Economics and Social Studies, Raf spent 11 years trading global markets for investment banks in London. In 2000, he left banking to help start up and develop Trucost, which helps companies measure their environmental footprint in monetary terms. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand with his young family and has since been actively involved as a volunteer and trustee with Christchurch Budget Services, Pillars, Volunteer Army Foundation, Christchurch Arts Festival, as well as investing in and helping out early stage companies. He has a Grad Dip Arts in Political science, and a Masters in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury.

 

REBECCA MILLS UNSCHOOL MENTOR

REBECCA MILLS

Rebecca Mills is a strategist, innovator and ideator, who is internationally recognised as an expert in sustainability strategy. She has played central roles in ventures at the forefront of the impact space and has led thousands of hours of workshops and experiences around the world.  Often sought out for strategic input, she has collaborated with organisations such as The University of London, The World Economic Forum, World Wildlife Fund, Unreasonable Institute, KiwiConnect, The Olympic Delivery Authority, The B Team, Arup, The Big Idea, and more.  

 She helped build and shape The B Team (founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz)  and led development criteria for the UK’s first ‘eco-region’, the Thames Gateway, Europe's largest regeneration project. She has designed impact evaluations, new ventures and strategies for entreprenuers, investors, institutions, companies and governments in Europe, the United States, China and New Zealand. Rebecca’s most notable areas of expertise include: Systems Thinking,  Collective Impact, Business Model Innovation, Impact Investing, Impact Philanthropy, Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Science, Business Strategy, Sustainable Development and Regeneration. Website > 


nick unschool mentor

Nick Gerritsen

Nick Gerritsen is a New Zealand based catalyst and impact entrepreneur. He loves BIG ideas – ones that are going to lead to global structural change – and is committed to the culture of innovation – unafraid of operating beyond existing boundaries. He specialises in developing technology propositions from the ground up, and has been one of the leaders promoting New Zealands contribution to emerging megatrends such as Clean Technology, and the Internet of Things. In addition, he is also involved in projects in online decision making, digital manufacturing, peer to peer energy, and next generation media and information platforms. As well as various directorships and advisory roles, he is a Principal of Tuia Innovation (specializing in innovation within the Iwi economy) and Chairman of The National Whale Centre Development Trust, and a Trustee of both the Akina Foundation, and The Land Trust. He operates within a global network across the innovation and capital markets. Nick graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). During his legal career, he advised leading corporates on intellectual property and later enjoyed a string of successful business ventures, most notably in radio, and software sectors. He has been a consultant to New Zealand On Air, Radio New Zealand, Te Mangai Paho (the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency), and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 


 
 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHO IS THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR? . . .

Our fellowship program is designed for adults. Specifically, for emerging leaders who want to expand their mental toolsets, develop strong connections with likeminded people and activate their leadership skills. This opportunity of for the misfits and mavericks of positive change, the curious and / or for those that are perhaps a little ‘stuck’ in their current positions. We take people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and provide an immersive and highly engaging (cerebrally and personally) environment for activating change!

HOW LONG IS IT?. . .

1 full week intensive = 7 packed days

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? . . .

Each fellowship week is jam-packed with activities, classes, events, workshops, special meals and tours. The full tuition cost is $2,500USD (we offer some discounts and scholarships, check the application form for more details). This tuition fee includes all activities, workshop materials, transport within Christchurch for the duration of the program, most meals, and plenty of snacks.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE? . . .

Yes! As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Fellows are selected based on merit first. With our selection made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on demonstrated need. Payment plans are available to any fellow granted a place in the program. *Within the general application, you will have the opportunity to request a scholarship and/or payment plan.

WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS? . . .

You'll learn the core components of the UnSchool curriculum, which cover design, systems thinking, sustainability, social innovation & entrepreneurship. You'll learn activated leadership skills. You'll hang out with amazing mentors that will provide ongoing support to help you get your projects up and running. You'll be part of the growing but tight-knit and curated community of UnSchool alumni from all over the world.

DO I NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK? . . .

Yes, you do. The fellowship is designed to activate leadership and we have invited mentors to work with the group throughout the week. As the week progresses, your learnings will build upon other lessons, so it's important not to miss any. You'll also have projects and real-world client challenges that require teamwork and full commitment. You should plan to block your schedule out and to be available for the fellowship from 9AM to 9PM most days (we schedule some downtime too!). The week will be jam-packed with workshops, field trips, projects, food and, of course, fun!

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED? . . .

The fellowship program is relevant for any industry and professional background. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP? . . .

You become part of our growing alumni group of activated change agents from 20+ countries around the world. This gives you access to our mentors from all previous fellowship, and alumni-only opportunities such as hosting programs, apprenticeships and many other exciting leadership opportunities

WILL THERE BE PANCAKES? . . .

Yes! We like pancakes. From New York City, to Mexico City, Melbourne, São Paulo and now Christchurch... we will make sure to incorporate fresh-made pancakes into our programs! Throughout our programs, we do our best to serve food that is sustainably sourced, vegetable-centric (yes, that means almost all vegetarian!) and healthy! So do not worry: you will be well fed.

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? . . .

You apply by completing the application (suprise!). After the deadline, our selection commitee assesses applications. We offer fellowships to an exclusive group of between 12 and 16 fellows. The aim is to curate a super diverse group of people who are ready to jump in head first. Selection is based on a range of criteria and we work hard to select cohorts with a range of experiences and backgrounds (both personal and professional). Our previous fellowships have included people from 12 countries (with applications from over 24 countries!), across industries and professions– from artists to architects, product designers to piano players!

IS THIS JUST FOR DESIGNERS AND CREATIVE TYPES? . . .

No! This is for designers, creative practitioners of all stripes, social advocates, activists, educators, communicators, entrepreneurs, consultants, artists, researchers, writers, engineers... anyone with a burning passion to make change is welcome to apply!

HOW LONG AFTER I APPLY WILL I FIND OUT IF I'M IN? . . .

Usually we have our final shortlist set 2 weeks after applications close. We start to notify in rounds until we have our top 12-16 fellows confirmed. Whether you were accepted or not, you will hear from us within a month of the application deadline.

I'VE ALREADY APPLIED AND WAS NOT ACCEPTED, CAN I APPLY AGAIN? . . .

Of course! If at first you don't succeed, pick yourself up and try again! We get overwhelmed by applications, which is a great thing as it means we have incredible cohorts. If you don't get in the first time, we encourage you to apply for our next program or to consider a Masterclass.

WHAT DO THE MENTORS DO? . . .

We invite a selection of established leaders to provide in-depth workshops during the week, alongside our core knowledge pillars. In addition to local mentors, we invite some mentors from other countries to join us for part of the week. Mentors usually run a session and, when possible, attend a dinner or host small group sessions as well. Rest assured you will be able connect with the mentors during and after the fellowship week.

CAN I REQUEST YOU COME TO MY CITY TO RUN A FELLOWSHIP? . . .

We program based on a number of factors. If you are super keen, reach out to us with a compelling case and we will run it by the programming team!k.

A SERIES OF DISRUPTIVE POP-UPS AROUND LONDON

WE KNOW THINGS HAVE BEEN A BIT TOUGH OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD COME, SAY HELLO AND HAVE SOME DISRUPTIVE FUN EXPLORING THE WAYS SYSTEMS, SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN CAN BE USED TO ACTIVATE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. WE ♥︎ LONDON!

 

DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD WORKSHOP

JOIN OUR FOUNDER, DR. LEYLA ACAROGLU, FOR A 2-DAY IMMERSIVE DEEP DIVE INTO THE DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD FOR ACTIVATING SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS.

SEPTEMBER 21&22 | 10AM-6PM | @EDSPACE

SECRET DINNER PARTY

JOIN US AND A BUNCH OF CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING TYPES FOR ONE OF OUR EXPERIENTIAL SECRET DINNER  PARTIES, SOMEWHERE IN LONDON! DINE WITH US IN A FUN & RELAXED ATMOSPHERE AS WE EXPLORE THE WAYS IN WHICH WE UNDERSTAND AND INFLUENCE OTHERS... OUR SECRET DINNER PARTIES POP UP IN RANDOM LOCATIONS, ARE GAMIFIED FROM START TO FINISH, AND ARE WAY TOO MUCH FUN!

FRIDAY 16, SEPT | DINNER @7PM-10PM | LOCATION SECRET IN CENTRAL LONDON | FOOD BY HERB LAB LONDON | TICKETS £59 HERE > 

MAPPING THE FUTURE WORKSHOP

WE ARE CALLING ON THE BEST BRAINS IN THE CREATIVE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION FIELDS TO COME TOGETHER FOR A COLLABORATIVE EXPLORATION OF WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS MAY BE, CONSIDERING RECENT CHANGES. JOIN US IN DEVELOPING AN OPEN-SOURCE SYSTEMS MAP AND IDEATING AROUND WHAT POSITIVE FUTURES WE CAN BRING ABOUT IN THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD. WE WILL BE CO-HOSTING THIS AFTERNOON WORKFEST WITH WE ARE EUROPE AND LIVE SYSTEMS MAPPING WITH KUMU

MONDAY 19 SEPT | 10.30-4.30 | ARCOLA THEATER |