In this age of information overload, everyone thinks they know the solutions to hot-button topics that charge controversial conversations...and usually post their ideas across social media platforms. But why stop there? While it’s great that everyone has an opinion about how to direct change, it can feel frustrating for those who don’t know how to move from behind the keyboard and into their communities to actually bring forth the change they crave. Yes, there is a lot of talk about making behavioral changes, but how can we transition from theory to practice and apply change making frameworks? What does change actually mean to us, socially and cognitively? And wait- what, exactly, is a change making practice?!?
In this knowledge session, we dive into the historical and contemporary theories of how to affect change in our lives and the world around us. From behavioral change theories to the evolution of collective conventions, we’ll explore theories, concepts, and actions to gain a more profound perspective on this critical thing called change making. This session enables participants to explore what change means to them and explains how to develop personal approaches to enacting a change-based practice. By the time your screen fades to black, you will be ready to go forth and do great things in your sphere of influence. Whether you’re looking to enact personal or political change, the fascinating thought provocations and practical applications found in this module will leave you with the know-how to remedy the problems around you.
This learning session is best suited for those who are ready to stop talking and start doing, as well as those who want a more solid backdrop of change making practices to refine their own abilities to successfully enable change. The class is set over 5 sections, and it includes a Thinkbook for reflexive exploration of the topic area plus extra resources for further learning.
Key Concepts Covered:
» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Undergo a critical evaluation of personal actions in relation affecting change; sort through cognitive experiences of change.
» REFLEXIVITY: Engage in reflective thinking around theories of change as well as their respective conceptual frameworks in order to begin developing your own theory and application of change.
» SYSTEMS THINKING: Understand the dynamic relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators to determine how to create conditions that shift behavior through systems interventions.
» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Apply approaches in real world scenarios.
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.
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 3 of 12 in the full knowledge set.