Lisbon Workshop July 2017

JOIN OUR INTENSIVE HANDS-ON DISRUPTIVE DESIGN WORKSHOP FOR SOCIAL CHANGE MAKERS, EDUCATORS AND LEADERS. 

JULY 22-23, 2017 IN LISBON

Designed for purpose-driven professionals across disciplines, our 3-part method of mining landscaping and building is an applied version of the disruptive design approach. You will learn systems thinking, life cycle thinking, cognitive sciences, sociology, design thinking and the tactics and techniques needed for activating positive social and environmental change by design. This intensive workshop is run over two packed days. You will discover how to love the problem, cut through the frothy stuff, go for substance over surface, map connections, think in systems, and activate your agency to create change through the disruptive design method. Apply now, spots are limited >


WHAT PAST WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM

"Working with Leyla Acaroglu in the Disruptive Design Method got me to walk away from my own "expertise.” It helped me to see how the craziest, most impossible ideas can often offer better solutions to intractable problems. It was a great experience." 
- Lynda Decker, CEO Decker Designer NYC Masterclass Participant
 

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • JULY 22-23, 2017, 10am - 6pm each day
  • 2-day Workshop tuition: $950USD (includes face to face and online programming) Some scholarships available 
  • Central Lisbon location
  • Places are limited, so apply early
  • By application only on a rolling basis until all places are full. 
 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The workshop focuses on actively applying the Disruptive Design Method of mining, landscaping and building for activated social change.

This three-part method is the applied version of our Disruptive Design Methodology; a holistic approach to complex creative problem solving. It combines sociological inquiry methods with systems and design thinking approaches to create a method of developing systems interventions that enact social and sustainable change. 

Using applied systems thinking, action research and the ideation process, participants will uncover new ways of thinking through the complexity of the issues at hand, and develop disruptive approaches to evolving system failures and externalities.

Arrive in the morning with an issue area, project or problem that you want to work through, and walk away the next evening with deeper insights and practical strategies for actively intervening.

Throughout the two-day intensive workshop, participants will unpack and work through a real world problem (either one you choose to dive into, or one provided by us) and, through this, will learn how to apply the Disruptive Design Method to their personal and professional practices of influencing systems and activating change.

This program is for established professionals and covers an array of critical thinking practices, including systems thinking, life cycle thinking, research strategies, applied systems intervention, cognitive and behavioral sciences, ideation and creative problem solving, and more. 

Mumbai Fellowship Program

THE UNSCHOOL IS BRINGING ITS 8TH EMERGING LEADERS FELLOWSHIP TO MUMBAI INDIA!

NOVEMBER 11TH - 17TH 2017

 

JOIN US FOR A 7-DAY IMMERSIVE BRAIN-ACTIVATING ADVENTURE INTO ALL THINGS CREATIVE SYSTEMS CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY, IN THE VIBRANT AND ENERGETIC CITY OF MUMBAI, INDIA! 

The Mumbai Fellowship Program will take a cohort of 20 purpose-driven creative rebels and change agents from around the world on a week-long adventure to explore social change, systems thinking, creative interventions and all things sustainability.

Tuition is $2500 USD. Many of our past fellowship participants have activated their creativity and their networks to get to the UnSchool by way of crowd-funding and employer sponsorships. When there's a will, there's a way – so don't let the tuition cost deter you from applying. With our commitment to being accessible, we also offer scholarships to local applicants on a case-by-case basis. The scholarship funds go quickly so make sure to apply soon! 

WONDERING ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN UNSCHOOL FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE? TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT WENT DOWN DURING OUR BERLIN and san FRANCISCO PROGRAMs: 

 

MUMBAI MENTORS

 

LEYLA ACAROGLU

LEYLA ACAROGLU

Sustainability 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 1.2 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.  Leyla was named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program in 2016. 

 

DAGNY TUCKER

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Using innovation, strategy & design Dagny's work pushes the boundaries of how we think about everyday decisions and builds the capacity in others to have real impact on today’s pressing issues. She is the co-founder and CEO of Vessel, a library system for reusable coffee cups to disrupt the disposable cup sector. 

Her appointment with non-profit, business and government players has traversed five continents and navigates complexity to forge deeper understanding and actionable interventions for increased sustainability and positive peace. With a foundation in international peace, conflict & development, her work bolsters others and addresses “wicked problems” through novel ventures, engaging and sound frameworks, interventions, workshops, popular education pieces and media.

She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, was formerly the Managing Director of Strategic Global Affairs for New Hope Natural Media and is co-founder of Thread Count Creative and Vessel. A Tishman Scholarship recipient for “outstanding achievement in sustainability,” and a Ph.D (c) at Universitat Jaume I in Spain, Dagny has spoken at major conferences globally including United Nations Habitat II, Structures for Inclusion, Green Festivals and Natural Products Expo West.

As an experienced actioner and ideator, she understands that a sustainable paradigm for the future is not simply the pursuit of a healthy environment, but a revolution in the understanding of interconnectedness.

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AFROZ SHAH

AFROZ SHAH

Afroz Shah is an Indian lawyer from Mumbai, with a passion for the oceans having initiated the world’s largest beach clean-up project.

In October 2015, Shah and his neighbor Harbansh Mathur, an 84-year-old who has since passed away, were frustrated with the piles of decomposing waste that had washed up and completely overwhelmed the city’s Versova beach. Determined to do something about it, the pair started cleaning up the beach themselves, one piece of rubbish at a time.

Every weekend since, Shah has inspired volunteers to join him – from lavish Bollywood to hardworking Dharavi, from schoolchildren to politicians, the old and the young.  They have been turning up at Versova for what Shah calls "a date with the ocean", but what in reality means laboring shin-deep in rotting garbage under the scorching Indian sun.

Afroz was named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program in 2016. 

 
 
 

SONIA MANCHANDA

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Sonia Manchanda is a Design Strategist and Graphic Designer, with 20+ years experience, building creative organisations; training and leading interdisciplinary projects teams on massive transformational projects nationally and globally.

Her work involves designing systems, creating sustainable brands and unique experiences besides building capability and capacity by designing learning systems. She is a Founding Partner at Spread Design + Learning. Where, her mission is to spread design as a way of thinking and doing things.

She is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She is an appointed member of the India Design Council, is on the CII Design Council and is a Governing Council Member of Forge, an incubator in Coimbatore. Her Open Innovation and Design Strategy Project Dream:in has been awarded as a global gamechanger by Metropolis Magazine, USA. Bruce Nussbaum’s book Creative Intelligence references the project as well.

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ZUBIN SHARMA

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Born in New York, Zubin is the founder of Project Potential in rural Bihar, India.  Project Potential enables rural youth to address challenges in learning systems sustainable living and economy by building a community and space to explore possibilities for the village.  Their vision is to revitalize environment, economy, and existence across India via a network of youth catalysts.  Before starting Project Potential, he started another organization in rural Bihar called SEEKHO, which worked on creating a culture of learning in villages across rural Bihar.  

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