we are taking our fellowship to BERLIN OCTOBER 8-14, 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.
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our berlin MENTORS
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.
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 science. Code 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 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
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 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.
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.
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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 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.