Make Change | The Disruptive Design Methodology

Making positive social change is easier when you’re armed with historical and contemporary theories on how to do it

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Craving positive change, but not sure how to go about actually making it? Take this class to develop your personal change making practice.

Launch Date: October 9


Discover the power of positive social change and how to make it with our 1 hour class on how to make change!

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:

  • historical and contemporary change theories
  • conceptualization of change making
  • intrinsic/extrinsic motivators
  • cognitive experiences of change
  • theory of change development
  • application of change


Core Learnings

» 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.

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.


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.


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.

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