Introduction to The Disruptive Design Method for Activating Positive Social Change

Discover how to activate positive social change through creative interventions with our introduction to the Disruptive Design Method by Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

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Learn to be an effective change agent by using the three-part Disruptive Design process for creative interventions for activating positive social change!

An Introduction to Disruptive Design

Is there anything more frustrating than looking at the world around you, observing problems, and feeling ill-equipped to create solutions that will catalyze positive change? We know there are positive ways of engaging with the world, and many people just lack the right thinking and doing tools to activate their creative desires to be a part of the solutions we need get going around us. So, we are incredibly excited to introduce The Disruptive Design Method, which remedies this problem! In this introduction to the approach to creative change-making, we provide the framework for tackling complex systemic social and environmental problems through creative interventions. If you want to love problems, design solutions, and get busy activating hyper-local to global change, then this course is for you!

Developed by sustainability provocateur and creative protagonist, designer, and sociologist, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, the Disruptive Design Method is a holistic approach to complex creative problem solving that combines sociological inquiry methods with systems and design thinking approaches, in order to create a method of developing systems interventions that enact social and sustainable change.



Why take this class?

This introductory class provides the foundation for using this unique three-prong approach of mining, landscaping, and building to leverage the positive change outcomes you wish to see; it is the overview of what you will dive through in our 12-unit Design Methodology, which includes high-level concepts and content for professionals that are dedicated to using their talents to design a better future that works for all of us!

Who is this class for?

This course is best suited for any rebel with a cause who wants a useful toolkit to affect change, and it is recommended for anyone who wants to delve into a deeper understanding of UnSchool methodology. Our programs are all about activating positive social change in the world around us and are not just for designers! We make sure the content is accessible to all current or soon-to-be change makers.

Your Instructor

Leyla Acaroglu
Leyla Acaroglu

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 an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, social scientist and entrepreneur, Leyla 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 for governments, industry and educational initiatives around the world on activating positive social and environmental change through creative interventions. She is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, and two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Her classes are dyanamic and she has been described as the Doctor of Change.


Core Learnings

» REFLEXIVITY: Reflexive thinking builds an innate ability to think through the circular relationships between cause and effect. The practice of reflexivity helps to build creative autonomy.

» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Critical analysis uses clear and rational thinking to intellectually evaluate and synthesize information through observation, experience, reflection, and reasoning- all which guide belief and action.

» SYSTEMS THINKING: Systems thinking involves an ability to understand and explore the dynamic systems at play around us, seeing how they interconnect and influence the larger wholes.

» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Creative interventions are personalized practices for dynamically designing and intervening in systems for enacting social change.


The Disruptive Design Methodology

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 the introduction to the 12 units in the full knowledge set.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What does the class include?
1. You get complete access to the full class / 2. You get the downloadable Thinkbook for the course / 3. You get access​ to extra videos and further reading content
How long is the course video?
40 minutes
Do I get a certificate or digital badge?
As a stand alone course you don't, but if you complete the entire Disruptive Design Methodology set, then you do!

Thank you for viewing the Disruptive Design Method, each week we launch a new class from our full Disruptive Design Methodology set. This is the first introductory class and we have 12 incredible units for challenging your thinking and activating your doing for positive social change. We release classes on Sunday's and offer special discounts to our community, so sign up to join our mailing list to find out more!