the UnSchool IS BRINGING ITS 7-day IMMERSIVE BRAIN-ACTIVATING EXPERIENCE TO the beautiful, DIVERSE AND ENERGETIC city of san francisco, CALIFORNIA! JOIN US THERE, APRIL 23-29, FOR OUR NEXT EMERGING LEADERS FELLOWSHIP for CREATIVE REBELS AND CHANGE MAKERS!


The San Francisco Fellowship Program will take a cohort of 20 change agents and purpose-driven creative rebels on a week-long brain-activating adventure that explores social change, systems thinking, creative interventions and all things sustainability. We've curated an exciting lineup of mentors for this program, including one who works underwater, one who works in outer space, and one who was just named Champion of the Earth (more details on mentors below)! Tuition is $2500 USD and there are scholarships* available, so get applying. 

Many of our past fellowship participants have activated their creativity and their networks to get to the UnSchool, by way of crowd-funding and sponsorships. When there's a will, there's a way – so don't let the tuition cost deter you from applying.
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WONDERING ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN UNSCHOOL FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE? TAKE A PEAK AT what went down DURING OUR berlin PROGRAM: 

 

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 and making change?  


meet our san fran 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.

 

ANTIONETTE D CARROLL

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers and challenges community members to develop solutions addressing personal and structural racism. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits - with her last position being head of communications for Diversity Awareness Partnership. Currently, Antionette is the Chair Emeritus of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. At the local level, she is also serving as the President of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference.

Antionette is an active community volunteer, named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program, with Antionette co-organizing and assuming the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016.  At the local level, she is currently serving as the President of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Antionette also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits, including the steering committee for The City of St. Louis’ Resiliency Office, supported by Rockefeller Foundation and formerly the founding anti-bias/anti-racism committee for City Garden Montessori School.

 

jeremy mckane

McKane, an Artist who prefers underwater photography as his medium, has traveled the world to capture the human form in its most graceful element, water. Using water and camera, he captures the movement and grace of fabric-draped human forms underwater. McKane is working with NOAA, TBA21, 5GYRES and Take3 Australia Conservation groups to urge his viewers think differently on how we dispose of plastic. Beyond that, his latest installation LUCiD pushes further to showcase innovative people around the globe who find new ways to keep trash out of the ocean and how to re-use it. His work has appeared in Artopia – Dallas Contemporary Museum, Art + Advocacy, CRE8 Magazine, Patron Magazine, and in galleries across Texas including Cohn Drennan, Kettle Art, The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary Art Museum, Rising, LEVEL Gallery, Tractorbeam Gallery, and public new media installations at One Arts Plaza in the Nations Largest Arts District. LUCiD has been shown in Australia, Colombia, France, Chile and select markets around the United States.

In addition to this work, co-collaborator Ashley Baxter and McKane created FOUND, a project that is part of LUCiD. While McKane and his model Ashley Baxter were filming on Kamilo Beach, the most polluted beach in America, they had the idea to research where each identifiable piece came from. The idea was that if we knew that the responsibility was always handed off with lack of accountability perhaps people would think different about ocean trash. Kamilo which is the closest landmass to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch provides insight into the types of things one would see floating out to sea. From this one initial visit, items were recovered from: Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, China and Mainland United States --- showing that we are all connected on what Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Calls: “Spaceship Earth”.

During 2017 in an effort to raise funds for his installations, McKane has very few select seats available to swim with humpbacks in Tonga.

“Those who ignore the damage, are equal to those who are doing the damage.” -McKane 

RON GARANCOL - MENTOR

Ron Garan, Colonel USAF (Ret.)

Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Aquanaut, Humanitarian and Artist who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.

Ron traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet over 178 days in space and 27 hours of Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) during four spacewalks. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron is also an aquanaut and has conducted research in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.

Presently, Ron is the Chief Pilot of the commercial space company World View Enterprises and is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture From A Journey of 71 Million Miles”.

**NOTE: Pending his flight test schedule, Ron will join the fellowship either in-person in San Francisco or as a digital mentor.

 
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NANCY GIORDANO

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of over $50 billion worth of major global brands with her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions for us all. With an early career at influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the disruptive cultural and technological shifts we’re facing.

Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and redefining all business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz, NRG and many other conic Fortune 500 companies and emergent tech start-ups. Nancy is also regularly invited to share her perspectives via keynote talks with C-suite leaders around the globe in a wide range of industries including entertainment, travel, food, business, retail, homebuilding, culture/talent and more. Last year she helped shape an Artificial Intelligence start-up and then produced created a 3-day business summit that invited corporate leaders to better understand how emerging technologies such as AI, Robotics, Nanotechology, 3D Printing, Cybersecurity, and Virtual Reality will change business (and society) in the years ahead. 

Nancy has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th on the Women of Influence - Future of Leadership (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens. A part of several thought-leader collectives, she has also recently joined the board of directors for GMDC, a leading trade organization guiding the future of retail. 

 

Jennings Hanna

Jennings is a designer with over a decade of experience in interaction and service design, digital strategy, and client services. His approach to creative problem solving blends techniques of storytelling, content strategy, and participatory design.

Jennings has worked with the NFL making features and digital content strategy. He also led a team in interaction and user experience for the management of assets at his favorite train company: NYC Subways. In 2015, Jennings served as a Code for America Fellow leading a team in the creation of a product to relieve financial hardship for the residents of one of America's most diverse cities, Albuquerque, NM.

Recently he's helped companies in NYC, SF, and Berkeley who are building lasting and mission driven products and services including Prudential's Spirit Awards for Volunteers and their Master of Love Campaign, Calthorpe Associates with a Sustainability Focused Urban Planning software, and Flite, a startup providing innovative advertising solutions to the New York Times and VICE Media.

Jennings is currently the Editorial Strategist for the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Arts. His role guides teams in building comprehensive strategies for creating, sharing, and ensuing compelling narratives. He does so utilizing design tools such as rapid prototyping, design research, and data-driven decision making (both qualitative and quantitative), then formulating those insights into actionable strategies to build content around the games so many gamers love and enjoy.

Jennings earned his masters in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2014, and his bachelors in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Any given weekend you can find him riding a skateboard and eating a pastry in sunny Venice Beach with his lovely wife Erin, and their baby boy, Quiller.

 
 

everything 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 is perfect 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 the location city 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. Please note that even with a scholarship, fellows are still responsible for getting themself to the city that the fellowship is being held in.

*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 covers 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. We require you to be all-in for our programs, which means being available for the full duration and in the appropriate city. 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 prior 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 32+ countries around the world. This gives you access to our mentors from all previous fellowship, and alumni-only opportunities such as hosting or running labs programs, gaining UnSchool Educator certification and many other exciting leadership opportunities

WILL THERE BE PANCAKES? . . .

Yes! We like pancakes. From New York City, to Mexico City, Melbourne, São Paulo,Christchurch and now San Francisco... we will make sure to incorporate fresh-made pancakes! 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 (yep!). After the deadline, our selection commitee assesses applications. We offer fellowships to an exclusive group of between 16 and 20 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 32 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 16-20 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 on of ourother program otpions.

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!