THE CIRCULAR MODEL

THE WORLD needs to be challenged IN the way we engage, distribute, and share knowledge

The UnSchool is all about positively disrupting the world in ways that make it work better for everyone, so we have developed a choose-your-own-adventure style circular learning model that is designed to help you spiral up into a leadership role as a creative change maker. If you haven't read our philosophy on creating this program yet, check it out here.

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This model is designed for all types of people, and is intentionally gamified with a points system to help keep you motivated on your quest to become a creative change-maker who is positively disrupting the status quo for a more sustainable and regenerative future.

This points-based modular system can be navigated at your own pace, in whatever journey you feel works for you. 

The modules can be completed in no particular order and work towards any of the three tracks we have designed.  

You can swap directions, venture out on some divergent side paths, and take a break when you need.

Everything that we offer at the UnSchool - our online classes, face-to-face workshops and mentorship programs - now have points associated with them. 

For each of our Circular Education tracks, there are certain number of required points to collect and base modules to complete to make sure you have the foundations laid down firmly, but you pick the pace and pathway to get there! 


THE CIRCULAR EDUCATION TRACKS

There are three tracks in the Circular Education Model, each with different intentions for use. Each track requires a number of total points, with certain modules required for each track. The remainder of the points can be accumulated with any of the offerings we have through the UnSchool, or in certain cases, third party involvement or your own project development.
 

 

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

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UNMASTERS CERTIFICATION

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PRACTitioner Certification

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Certification as an UnSchool Educator allows you to run your own programs with our content and teach on behalf of the UnSchool.

This requires a high level of facilitation training and skills in transformative and experiential learning.

You must be able to clearly demonstrate a high level of comprehension and capacity in our facilitation tools, applying critical pedagogical approaches, cognitive experience design, and deep knowledge on the core competency areas of systems, sustainability, and design.

Total of minimum of 200 points to collect.

Required modules are:
Mentorship program | 40pts
Reflection Activity | 15pts
All 12 DDM Online Core Courses | 20pts
Educator Training Workshop | 25pts

Required modules total 100 points, leaving 100 points for you to pick and choose how you want to collect them.

Estimated time to complete: 18-36 months

Develops your skills to work with organizations at a high level of system and creative change.

Practical experience of designing and implementing a creative change intervention with positive change outcomes.

Must be able to demonstrate deep knowledge and capacity to think in complex systems, and to apply sustainability and creativity to any problems arena. Demonstrate a high competency level with regards to core knowledge areas of systems, sustainability and design as tools for activating positive change. 

Total minimum of 150 points to collect.

Required modules are:
Mentorship program | 40pts
Reflection Activity | 15pts
All 12 DDM Online Core Courses | 20pts
Complete a face to face leadership program  | 25pts

Required modules total 100 points, leaving 50 points for you to pick and choose how you want to collect them.

Estimated time to complete: 12-24 months

Develops your abilities in the Disruptive Design Method for those who wish to apply these creative change methods to their own projects.

Must demonstrate a strong capacity and knowledge in the tools and techniques of disruptive change making and apply it to their own work.

Able to demonstrate the ability to think in systems and to apply sustainability and creativity to solving complex problems through projects.

Total minimum of 100 points to collect.

Required modules are:
Mentorship program | 40pts
Reflection Activity | 15pts
All 12 DDM Online Core Courses | 20pts

Required modules total 75 points, leaving 25 points for you to pick and choose how you want to collect them.

Estimated time to complete: 6-18 months

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MODULE DETAILS


40 POINTS

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  • + Advanced Mentorship Program
    • Designed for people tracking to Educator certification with either UnSchool founder Leyla, or one of our senior mentors. These mentorships are advanced and designed to rapidly elevate your practice when your track is 50-75% completed, and include practical application elements. You will start by establishing your goals, and your mentor provides weekly reflection and practical challenges for you, along with support and dedicated knowledge-building time.

      You'll engage in weekly 30min video calls during the 3 month program, and a weekly check-in by voice message or email to follow up on the allocated tasks and development of your projects and initiatives. 

      Program cost is $975usd, paid in 3 monthly instalments of $325usd. You can extend your mentorship on a per-month basis if your mentor agrees to the extra time commitment. If you need to pause your mentorship, this may be able to be arranged on a case-by-case basis with your mentor.

      This program is by application only to make sure we find the right mentor fit for you.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Standard Mentorship Program
    • Designed for people tracking to UnMasters or Practitioner certification with one of our hand-selected mentors. These mentorships are designed to rapidly elevate your practice when your track is 50-75% completed, and include practical application elements. You will start by establishing your goals, and your mentor provides weekly reflection and practical challenges for you, along with support and dedicated knowledge-building time.

      You'll engage in weekly 30min video calls during the 3 month program, and a weekly check-in by voice message or email to follow up on the allocated tasks and development of your projects and initiatives. 

      Program cost is $450usd, paid in 3 monthly instalments of $125usd. You can extend your mentorship on a per-month basis if your mentor agrees to the extra time commitment. If you need to pause your mentorship, this may be able to be arranged on a case-by-case basis with your mentor.

      This program you can sign up for directly and get started right away. 

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + UnSchool On-Farm Apprenticeship
    • Apprenticeships are offered to anyone registered for the UnMasters as an alternative to the mentorship program. The UnSchool Apprenticeships take place on our rural regeneration project in central Portugal.

      These are a minimum of four weeks so that you can get acclimated, start learning by doing, and then build up to to facilitating your own sessions and workshops with our variety of on-farm programs and experiences. The benefit of this is that you get lots of experience in not only our facilitation techniques, but our entire approach to experiential design and facilitating cognitively rich learning journeys.

      These are by application and are done on an exchange basis. If accepted, you don't have to pay any lodging or food expenses while you are doing your placement, but you do have to help with facilitating on-farm activities and supporting the farm based team. 

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Partner Apprenticeship
    • Apprenticeships are offered to anyone registered for the UnMasters as an alternative to the mentorship program. The Partner Apprenticeships are 1-3 months with external organisations and advertised when they become available, usually offering some form of stipend to cover travel, food and accommodation.

      This program allows for alumni to get real world practical experience and to develop their connections and professional development. The goal with this program for people who want to complete a practical placement to be directly mentored by an organisation that is working in creative change making and application of the core concepts of systems, sustainability and design in the real world.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Fellowship Lead Educator / Host
    • Popping up all around the world, our experiential adventure based fellowship program offers unique and intense learning experiences. They are unforgettable adventures with a group of like-minded, whip-smart people. Topped off with excellent cerebral stimulation and the discovery of game-changing skills for active participation and social change making.

      There are many people involved in creating these programs, and opportunities to become involved on either the education or production side. These placements are by invitation only when you have reached a certain level of up-skilling in UnSchool methods combined with your own pre-existing capabilities. These roles are uniquely suited to those who want to become certified UnSchool Educators. Contact us if this is a module you would like to work towards.

      This is an opportunity you are invited to once you have completed your advanced mentorship. 

30 POINTS

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25 POINTS

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  • + Attend an UnSchool 5 Day Workshop

  • + Attend Educator Training

    • This hands-on program runs through the cognitive and experiential design tools for hyper-engaging workshops and educative processes, uncovers the unique UnSchool pedagogical approach, and enables participators to practice their facilitating skills with a group of supportive peers. 

      Apply now for the next training.


20 POINTS

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  • + Fellowship Co-Host / Producer
    • Popping up all around the world, our experiential adventure based fellowship program offers unique and intense learning experiences. They are unforgettable adventures with a group of like-minded, whip-smart people. Topped off with excellent cerebral stimulation and the discovery of game-changing skills for active participation and social change making.

      There are many people involved in creating these programs, and opportunities to become involved on either the education or production side. These placements are by invitation only when you have reached a certain level of up-skilling in UnSchool methods combined with your own pre-existing capabilities. These roles are uniquely suited to those who want to become certified UnSchool Educators. Contact us if this is a module you would like to work towards.

      Our next fellowship location and date will be announced in November 2018.
       
  • + Attend an Advanced Online Workshop
    • These 4-week live programs help you fill the gap between your desire to enact creative change and your ability to actually do it. These are advanced level programs with one-on-one mentorship in “How the hell do I do this?” You will get the knowledge, action toolkit, and project support to take your creative change-making to the next level, gain deeper knowledge on the tools of the circular economy, and design projects that have positive impacts. 

      Check the website for upcoming workshops
       
  • + All 12 Core DDM Online Courses
    • All 12 Core courses are required for each of the three tracks. They are  available in either a full 12 course set, packs of 3 at a time, or individually - all  for you to work through at your own pace.

      Sign up here

 


15 POINTS

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  • + Co-Lead an Advanced Online Workshop

  • + Reflection Activity
    • You can start anytime - create an online or offline reflection (choose your own media) on how you have been interacting with UnSchool content and applying it in your work and life. We offer a sample reflection journal when you register for your track. You can do this as a private doc or a public blog.

      The minimum amount of content is x1 entry per week for 6 months to collect all the points as we are interested in how you are thinking through this process over a longer period of time.

      To complete this activity, all 3 handbooks also need to be read and a review written as part of this module.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Run an UnSchool Approved Program
    • Develop a workshop under your own name/brand but incorporating UnSchool methods, with your focus and location of choice. You do this during your mentorship and will then get our feedback during your design of the workshop.

      This is required for Educator certification, but any of the tracks can opt to do this. Let us know you're interested prior to planning the workshop so we can provide guidance on the requirements to count towards points.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Run an Self-Initiated Workshop
    • You may have run a workshop in the past, and could be retroactively applicable. Please describe in detail a workshop you ran incorporating UnSchool methods, how they were applied, what the learning journey you designed was, and outcomes you saw. We allocate these points based on a high level of proof of integration so if you have documentation of your workshop and can collect feedback from participants that is the best method of justification. 

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Attend an UnSchool 2 or 3 day Workshop

10 POINTS

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  • + Co-Host an Online Workshop
    • By invite only, and ideally suited for those tracking to Educator. As a co-host, you will help organize run an online workshop with a lead educator. As a co-host, there is no direct teaching, being more of a support role to learn the ropes and provide organizational support.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Co-Host an UnSchool Workshop
    • By invite only, and ideally suited for those tracking to Educator. As a co-host, you will help organize run a face to face workshop with a lead educator. As a co-host, there is no direct teaching, being more of a support role to learn the ropes and provide organizational support.

      Let us know you're interested with the certification form.
       
  • + Fellowship Team Volunteer
  • + Develop Educational Content for UnSchool
  • + Attend UnSchool Summer Camp
    • Offered a few times over the summer at the CO Project in Portugal, these are really fun experiences with like minded peers in a beautiful place. Check the Co Project site for details when they occur.

5 POINTS

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POINTS BUILDING

Over time we will continue to develop more opportunities to earn points for your track. We encourage you to collect points that help build your capacity and challenge you to think and do differently. If you collect more points then the minimum required for your track that's perfectly fine. We want you to be fully ready to challenge your certification level and thus support you developing your skills in as many different ways as possible!

We reserve the right to not allocate points in cases where the program was not completed to the expected level or the participant did not reach the expected level of comprehension and capacity building. For example if you do a mentorship and miss more than 2 sessions, or you do a fellowship and miss more than one session.