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
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.
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'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 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 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.