Ideation & Prototyping | The Disruptive Design Method

Learn our 10 Golden Rules of Ideation and how to rapidly prototype for creative and disruptive problem solving

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Generate more creative ideas using our 10 Golden Rules of Ideation and discover how to rapidly prototype for creative, disruptive problem solving.


Develop your creative thinking toolkit!

In the Introduction to the Disruptive Design Methodology, creator Dr. Leyla Acaroglu talks about how to “push through the frothy stuff” in regard to generating ideas. She explains how the efficiency mechanism of our brains like us to rely on surface thinking and former ideas, sometimes tricking us into settling for simple solutions that may not be the best approach. So, how do you go about overcoming that biological impulse and translate your ideas into usable, real-world interventions that will have significant impact?

This is also a session on how to activate other people's creativity and facilitate an ideation session with impact. You will discover how to rapidly test ways of translating ideas into outcomes through prototyping, in a variety of forms and formats (such as sketch modeling, play testing, experience design, etc.). You will be challenged to think differently, embrace a state of creative flow, and build the mental tools for building rapid impactful solutions. Whether you’re working on products, systems, or services, this knowledge session is an opportunity to refine your ideation practices and to find a format that works for you in your creative production practices. Let’s get started!

We will explore: How do you go about translating your ideas into usable, real-world interventions that will have a significant impact? And how do you ensure those interventions are creative, unique, and can be practically applied to the problem that you are trying to solve?

Through this session, you will immerse yourself into our 10 Golden Rules of Ideation in order to work through the neurological barriers that try to keep our brains from pushing out the best ideas. After you understand these rules, you also will learn how to break them – because let’s be honest, rules are made to be broken – especially when it comes to having a disruptive edge and breaking up the status quo! You’ll discover how to bank ideas and develop synthesizing opportunities to help you sort through and pull out the most effective ideas.

Regardless of your current level as a creative practitioner – beginner or seasoned – you will benefit from this unique take on creative idea generation as it applies the practice through the lens of systems change and intervention design.

Key Concepts: developing an ideation practice; ideas banking; developing and synthesizing opportunities; prototyping basics; idea evolution and synthesis


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 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.


Learning Outcomes:

» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Discover how to push beyond preconceived mental capacity in order to generate more effective ideas, plus evaluate current ideas and prototypes for efficacy.

» REFLEXIVITY: Catalyze idea evolution and synthesis from your reflexive thinking practice.

» SYSTEMS THINKING: Leverage your knowledge of systems thinking to develop prototypes for interventions.

» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Develop rapid prototyping and advanced ideation skills, as well as iterative testing and evaluation skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
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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 10 of 12 in the full knowledge set.