This week, Un-School HQ and our team are based out of Mexico City as we prepare for our unique 7-day fellowship program to pop-up here on Sunday, November 1st. We have planned an amazing line-up of events, workshops, brain activations, adventures and disruptive design activities for our 16 fellows, joining us from 5 countries.
We won't give away too much, as with all our programs there are a lot of surprises to experience from day to day. But we will say that we're excited to partake in some excellent Day of The Dead celebrations and to explore communication, storytelling, neuroscience, activation design, systems interventions, gamification, business hacking. We're also looking forward to eating excellent local foods, tasting artisanal mezcal, and developing new modes of participating with purpose.
Along with our founder and lead mentor, Leyla Acaroglu, we have a host of exciting mentors joining us throughout the week, including author of the Misfit Economy, Alexa Clay, as well as Mario R Silva Rodríguez, and Luis Sosa. Plus, keeping with the spirit of surprise, we will welcome a couple mystery mentors from the creative community!
Our program is immersive and intensive, with each day packed full of 12 hours of programming. Whilst the days will be long, they will be anything but boring! Follow along as we embark on this adventure, exploring Mexico City, and diving into disruptive problem solving and creative social innovation.
What do the fellows have to say about their soon-to-be Un-School Experience?
"I'm really excited about everything we're going to share and learn, and all the possible connections of knowledge, projects and ideas we're going to discover." - Mariana Álvarez Matijašević, Colombia,
“I’m passionate about designing with people. Making people's lives better and easier gets me out of bed every morning. I’m a nomad - working, living and enjoying things wherever life takes me. Latvia, USA, Finland, Sweden and Denmark are on my list already, and I am open for new challenges and adventures". - Emilija Veselova, Latvia
“I’m trying to find meaning through organization, empathy, and compassion. Im looking for an an approach on how to untangle my thoughts that help me build new schemes and solutions to make this a better world”. - Rodolfo Cordova Alcaraz, Mexico
"I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can from this energy-infused, creative and diverse group. My main interest is in how music and digital media can find impossible and unexpected solutions to society's problems, so I'm sure we're in for good fun." - Mario Bringas Avila, Mexico
“I’m an economist with an entrepreneurial spirit, devoted to innovation in education and business. I’m a Professor of innovation in the Torcuato Di Tella University” - Nano Kigel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“I’m looking forward to experience unknown challenges, confronting unforeseen scenarios, getting to know unfamiliar cultures, ways of life and behaviors. Experiences are the new design assets to acquire a "way of thinking" - Roxanna De la Fuente, Mexico
“Meet special people, use a lot of insightful sticky notes, drink some beers with new friends and and co-design solutions for challenges that matter" - Arturo Ortega, Mexico
I’m looking forward to learning new and exciting approaches to problem solving and systems thinking for a chance to make a difference with positive solutions. I am very excited on learning with and from the other fellows and mentors on this immersion and collaborating with such great and different people.” - Alberto Solís Hernández, Mexico
“I’m excited to learn from the amazing group of mentors and fellows who’ve signed on for this experience and hopefully take that learning out into the world. Manos a la masa!” - Reilly Dow, Canada
"Embracing change is the essence of resilience thinking. The nature of the disruption caused by innovating over the status quo will define the sustainability attributes of a given transformation. With this fellowship, I aim at reinventing myself; at disseminating a new me which sharpens interventions in a more transformational and sustainable manner. Likewise, more resiliently." - Tabaré Arroyo Currás, México, @tabnrgy
“I'm looking forward to discovering some new ways of catalysing change and facilitating creativity, as well as having a heap of fun and getting to know some other inspiring and supportive change-makers” - Emma Blomkamp, New Zealand, @blogkamp
“I hope to get a lot of inspiration, information and great links with all fellows and mentors” - Ixchel Icnelly Pineda Vieyra, Mexico,