The human brain is an incredibly powerful tool, one which modern science is only just beginning to understand. Regardless of the enormous advancements our species has made over time, we have barely nicked the inherent potential of our brains! Thanks to MRI scans, science has started to gain a much deeper understanding of the inner secret workings of the human brain. We still have a long way to go to get the full picture, but the last decade has helped us to discover the brain body relationships and start to identify the roles that neurochemicals have in our motivation and actions, along with the fascinating capacity for neuroplasticity - literally the ability for our brains to reprogram themselves, even after trauma.
Our experiences define our understanding of the world. Our ability to comprehend all that is around us is dictated by a series of complex neurological processes that are often riddled with cognitive glitches (biases) that are socially transferable, resulting in many of the weird cultural phenomena we see occurring around us. In this knowledge session we explore the relationship between the brain’s inner workings, our experiences of the world, and consequently, our capacity to influence and affect change in it. From the conscious to subconscious, we look at neurochemical influencers and explore how biases impact our emotions and actions.
Designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability, design, and education. As a designer, sociologist, educator, and sustainability provocateur, Leyla is widely known as a pioneer of using design as a catalyst for effecting positive social change. Her main stage TED Talk has over a million views, and she is an author and award-winning designer. Her current projects are all about disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge and challenging the status quo around what it means to be ‘sustainable’. She is the founder of The UnSchool, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is the developer of the Disruptive Design Method.
» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Sift through how you have been taught to think to formulate a base understanding of the mental processes that influence decision making.
» REFLEXIVITY: Discover the cause and effect relationship of neurochemical influencers, while identifying and relating to them in your own life.
» SYSTEMS THINKING: Determine and understand the dynamic relationship between biological systems and social constructionism.
» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Develop the ability to halt cognitive and implicit biases from influencing decision making.ing.
The Disruptive Design Method
The Disruptive Design Method is a three-part process for activating social change. It is underpinned by our 12-unit Design Methodology of high-level concepts and content for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.
This is session 6 of 12 in the full knowledge set.