LEARN THE DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD FOR ACTIVATING SYSTEMS CHANGE WITH DR. Leyla AcaroglU

DISCOVER SYSTEMS THINKING, SUSTAINABLE DESIGN, AND LEADERSHIP IN POSITIVE CHANGE

SEPTEMBER, 1st-4th, 2019


disruptive design activating change

JOIN an INCREDIBLE 3-DAy workshop with DIRECT MENTORSHIP and advanced KNOWLEDGE-building at our BEAUTIFUL PORTUGAL brain spa

The world is made up of beautiful interconnected and complex systems. Learning to identify and design within the social, industrial and ecological systems at play in the world around us is a critical toolset for activating purpose-driven change.

The Disruptive Design Method is the UnSchool approach of mining, landscaping and building creative interventions for positive change outcomes, and this workshop counts for 15 point in the UnSchool certification system.

This immersive program is designed for professionals from a variety of different backgrounds interested in activating positive impact, fostering a systems-based mindset, designing change outcomes, and developing the leadership skills for challenging the status quo. The farm based program will allow for deep learning and reflection in an incredible natural and regenerative setting  on the CO Project Farm in Portugal


 
 

facilitator 

LEYLA ACAROGLU

The UnSchool model is the brainchild of sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, who challenges people to think differently about how the world works.

As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, 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.  

Leyla has given over 30,000 hours of public instruction and with her deep knowledge of human engagement, you will be guided through a discovering process for your own capacity.

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The Disruptive Design Methodology looks at problem solving and problem loving, and I feel is a holistic approach I did not encounter elsewhere so far.
— Maik Birnbach, Advanced Circular Systems Design Workshop


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS PROGRAM? 

This program is designed for emerging and established professionals from a variety of backgrounds, educators, impact intrapreneurs, designers, managers, social entrepreneurs, architects, project managers, system-changers, creatives, engineers, and all the creative rebels out there wanting to activate more significant change.    

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • A deep, proactive, creative and fun learning experience

  • Beautiful relaxing and regenerative downtime on our living learning laboratory in the Portuguese countryside

  • Plant based meals and local wine

  • Development of a deep systems thinking toolset

  • Deep insights and understanding of regenerative processes and projects (in a design context but not just product-design) and how to become a regenerative practitioner/change-maker

  • Tools for designing positively disruptive and creative interventions to leverage systems change

  • Understanding of how the brain works in creative processes and how to better access surprise-driven creativity

  • How to find inspiration in natural systems to inspire systems change outcomes

 

the workshop schedule

Held on our new beautiful rural retreat facility in Central Portugal at the CO Farm Brain Spa campus, you will experience the tranquil beauty of our 200 year old olive farm.

August 11th| Arrival evening and welcome dinner

Arrival on the farm between 5 and 9pm for a beautiful welcome dinner and relaxing evening together. Introduction to the workshop.  

August 12th | Day 1: Mining, deep focus on exploring, uncovering and applying systems exploration
10am - 1pm Introduction session
1-2pm - Farm lunch
2.30pm - 6pm Afternoon & evening session (with break)
7pm - Farm dinner

August 13th | Day 2: Landscaping, deep focus on learning from systems, interventions and systems dynamics
Breakfast - 9.30-10am
10am - 12pm Morning active farm session
12-1pm - Farm lunch
1-4pm - Afternoon session (activities & free time until dinner)
7-9pm - Dinner & post-dinner fireside chat

August 14th | Day 3: Building, deep focus on creative change-making, designing positively disruptive interventions and systems change
9.30-10.30am - Breakfast and room pack up
10.30am - 12.30pm - Morning session
12.30-1.30pm - Farm lunch
1.30-3.30pm - Afternoon session
3.30pm - Close and pack up with transport to the train station 


KEY KNOWLEDGE AREAS

SUSTAINABILITY AND SYSTEMS THINKING APPROACHES to problem solving 

DISRUPTIVE design principles

EXPLORING nature as AN inspiration

VALUE CREATION AND LEADERSHIP 

HOW AND WHERE TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM

Observational research and perspective shiftinG


What's on the menu for this program?

THE FOOD

Food is part of our philosophy for making change. Organic, fresh, locally produced, lovely prepared, shared and celebrated. Our vegetable-centric approach to nourishment inspires creative, colourful and delicious shared meals for all.

Our custom built outdoor BBQ and pizza oven area uses traditional building techniques and run on scavenged wood from the grove. A marble prep table was found buried on the property and restored to use for our outdoor kitchen. 

A long front area serves as communal outdoor dining space, along with various pockets for quiet meals by yourself, as you wish. The dining area looks out over the olive grove, a serene place to watch the sky turn pink as it sets.

All your meals at the retreat space are included in your program costs, and are made right from our own vegetable garden and local markets.

THE CAMPUS

Set on our beautiful emerging COFarm Campus in Portugal, you will not only get the best brain food, but also time to regenerate and recharge in nature.

Additional Brain Spa activities include:

  • Nature walks

  • Freshwater lake swimming

  • Time for reflection and relaxation 

  • Fruit tree picking in season (oranges, figs, grapes, cherry)

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INVESTMENT 

The program is relevant for any industry and professional background

The experience is designed for people specifically interested in positive impact and creative change making. Our growing global community of 350+ UnSchool Alumni come from over 39 countries. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change! We help you do the rest. The UnSchool is for creative rebels and change makers.

The investment for this program is $950 (+accommodation). Payment plans are available for participants granted a place in the program. Scholarships are also available. This is a small group program with a maximum of 10 people. 

What's included in the tuition fee?

  • Direct experience with cognitive sciences and human experience design

  • Creative change making in practice

  • A wonderful community of likeminded change makers

  • Nutritious vegetable-centric food and local wine throughout the program included in the investment

  • An incredible experience with a leading progressive sustainability leader

  • Welcome dinner and all meals

  • 3 full days of intensive direction knowledge transfer

  • Beautiful relaxing natural environment for effective learning and brain rejuvenation 

  • Online course preparation knowledge building pack with 3 months of post program access from our online school

  • Downloadable versions of all of Leyla’s handbooks and 3 of the toolkits for activating creative change and facilitation


THE ACCOMMODATIONS

We have rustic on site accommodation as part of our Portugal Campus development. Once you have been accepted, you will be sent a accommodation options to select from, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences. 

Our Farmhouse accommodations are comfortable and retain the original charm of the building. Some rooms overlook the grove.



scholarships and payment plans

As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Once our selection is made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on demonstrated need. We fund these to make sure that our community is diverse and there is always equitable access to our programs. Please help us build change by only applying for a scholarship if you have clear need and have no other way of raising the tuition costs. Many of our participants have crowd-funded, value traded, or obtained employer sponsorship with great success.

Since we started our immersive educative programs in 2015, we have given +60 recipients over $120K of scholarships to our programs. Fill in the appropriate spot on the application to register your interest.


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Take our courses in Systems Thinking, Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and much more at our online school. Get ready for the next level!


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