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The UnSchool of Disruptive Design

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE PLANET FROM THE UNEP CHAMPION OF THE EARTH, DR. LEYLA ACAROGLU

WHO WE ARE

We are a global experimental knowledge lab for creative rebels and change agents who want to activate their agency and help redesign the world so it works better for all of us.

We work with designers, artists, innovators, social entrepreneurs and world-changing-types to curate unique, cerebrally activating programming that re-orients the way we participate in the world around us, develops a divergent 3 dimensional perspective of the world. 


OUR 3 PILLARS 

SYSTEMS

SUSTAINABILITY 

DESIGN 


OUR KNOWLEDGE

The UnSchool is based on our three knowledge pillars of systems, sustainability and design. Combining these, we developed The Disruptive Design Method which helps anyone flow through a process of creative changemaking to enable systems levels change.  

This approach is all about opportunities and is based on a growth mindset. Our foundational tools we teach are applied systems thinking, life cycle thinking, sustainability sciences and creative ideation, all within the framework of being problem lovers, not avoiders. 

The Disruptive Design Method offers fresh approaches to skill development and knowledge transfer for the growing global community of people who want to participate in solving significant social and environmental issues. 

Along with our core knowledge pillars we teach leadership and communication skills, offer professional development through our circular education system and develop tools that help others facilitate positive change through their work. 

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We are a community creating and sharing positively disruptive approaches to activating social change


HOW WE do It

Our adventure based programs encourage people from diverse professional backgrounds to reorient the way they perceive and act in the world, to maximize their capacity to affect positive social change.

We use storytelling, challenge and play as catalysts for rapid knowledge transfer, community building and personal activation. 

We help emerging leaders and established professionals rapidly up-skill in designing interventions for social innovation. All of our programs center on our unique approach to change-making through the Disruptive Design method and are designed for purpose-driven leaders, agitators and passionate communicators wanting to participate in solving and evolving planetary probelms. 

The UnSchool exists to help fill what the knowledge/action gap that exists between knowing there are problems in the world and having the mental models and skillsets required to actively intervene and design solutions. 

FIND OUR MORE ABOUT OUR FLAGSHIP FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, ONLINE KNOWLEDGE HUB OR OUR LIVING LEARNING LAB CAMPUS IN PORTUGAL  


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WE BUILT A SYSTEM OF THINKING THAT ALLOWS ANYONE TO LEARN TO LOVE AND SOLVE COMPLEX PROBLEMS. BASED ON three FUNDAMENTAL knowledge pillars: systems, sustainability and design. THIS IS TRANSFORMATIVE THINKING FOR POSITIVE IMAPCT ACTIVATION

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.”

- R. Buckminster Fuller

THE DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD

Our iterative 3-part method of Mining, Landscaping and Building can be applied to business, government and individual change-making practice to overcome linear, reductionist thinking by developing new approaches to creative problem solving, and forming 3-dimensional perspectives. This method is underpinned by our 12 unit methodology of high-level concepts for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.

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The full METHODOLOGY

The 12 units in the Disruptive Design Methodology synthesize a broad range of thinking and doing skills and tools, including systems thinking, gamification and game theory, ethics and empathy, life cycle thinking, research strategies, applied systems intervention, cognitive and behavioral sciences, ideation and creative problem solving, and sustainable production.

Each of these learning modules fit together to form the practice of Disruptive Design, which is the applied approach to designing creative interventions for positive social change.

We actively challenge the dominant idea that individual agency is limited in affecting positive change through professional and personal practice, and are committed to being a positive social force, activating self-selecting change agents (that's you!) to address complex social and environmental problems. 

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Our methodology IS UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE. iT provides a detailed in-depth exploration of critical thinking practices, empowering LEARNERS to BECOME PIONEERS OF CHANGE, understand and creatively intervene in complex and divergent real-world systems. NOT QUICK FIXES, BUT QUICK THINKING TO GET TO BEAUTIFUL SOLUTIONS

TOOLS YOU CAN USE

"The masterclass was wonderful. It 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 everyday lives. I have also become more cognizant about how much impact simple actions have on the entire system. I highly recommend the course." 

Megan Gabriel, NYC (New York Masterclass Alumni)

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OUR MISSION


THE UNSCHOOL MISSION

To activate and seed creative leadership for positive, impactful social and environmental change globally. to help design a future that works better for all of us. 


WE ARE PIONEERS OF CHANGE

WE CAN'T SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH THE SAME THINKING THAT CREATED THEM 

We need as many humans as possible to activate their agency, and participate in addressing the complex messy problems that we see in our beautiful shared home planet of Earth. 

The UnSchool is deisgned to help people activate tehir agency to contribuet to deisgning a futrue that works better for all of us. 

Watch this video to hear the origin story of The UnSchool!

Everyone who comes to the UnSchool has a shared desire to contribute to the type of future that works better for all of us.  They are creative rebels, pioneers, designers, thinkers, doers, activators, engineers, entrepreneurs and everyone in between which has a deep seeded passion to make a positive impact through what they do. 

If this is you, or the future you, then you should start right now, and join our mission.

We teach the tools that help people make positive change in their lives and the world around them.  

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THERE ARE NO PASSENGERS ON SPACESHIP EARTH. WE ARE ALL SHARED PILOTS AND THE UNSCHOOL IS SUPERHERO TRAINING FOR CREATIVE CHANGEMAKers.

WE'RE ON A MISSION!

WE HAVE OVER 200 ALUMNI FROM 37 COUNTRIES. COMMITTED, TALENTED, PASSIONATE, CREATIVE REBELS, WHO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM. 

Our community is driven by a value and agenda social enterprise model that seeks to inspire, provoke and activate positive social change through creative interventions and unique educational experiences.

We activate creative leadership for social and environmental change by developing programs for emerging leaders, established professionals and our wider creative community that pops up around the world.

The UnSchool of Disruptive Design is committed to being a positive social force, activating self-selecting change agents around the world to address complex social and environmental problems creatively. We are all about positively disrupting the status quo for outcomes that generate new and creative solutions to age-old problems

POST-DISPOSABLE

We are strongly committed to go beyond just minimizing our environmental impact. Our general operating guidelines include post-disposable initiatives, plant-centric local food, actively seeking and creating new and unique ways to produce content in sustainable ways. We will be the first to admit we can't get it all right all the time, but everything we do is about expanding and normalising sustainability. 

EQUITABLE ACCESS

While each program we run varies in cost, we aim to make each as affordable and equitable as possible, while still being able to build our capacity and reach with integrity. As a social enterprise, we work hard to grow opportunities for access and participation while advancing our core agenda of creating innovative models for knowledge transfer and social activation. To date, we have given away over $87K in equity access scholarships.  

Global Change 

We are committed to finding unique ways of transferring and activating global creative change, to help companies, governments and individuals uncover the tools needed to redesign at the systems level for sustainable and regenerative solutions.