Research Strategies | The Disruptive Design Methodology

Develop exceptional research approaches through our deep dive into designing, enacting, and interpreting research

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Nothing primes you to agitate the status quo better than exceptional Research Skills, and this class is all about advancing and refining your experiential research capabilities.

Research is curiosity in action!

Have you ever considered what maintaining the status quo looks like? Essentially, it looks like quiet acceptance, never questioning what you’ve been taught or what you understand to be social norms or widely accepted practices and behaviors. When you begin to take on the role of a disruptor, you understand the need for thorough understanding of the problem arenas you want to change, and you garner that understanding through critical research, the foundation for any good practice. Figuring out how to explore, dissect, and experience the world around us activates empathy and builds our ability to see the world in multidimensional ways. Far from your traditional approaches to simple clipboard-based research, this class will help you develop a rigorous and fun approach to investigating the world around you.

By exploring a diverse selection of techniques for problem identification and exploration, from ethnographic, to observational and participatory research strategy, you will learn how to effectively collect and interpret data - which is the stuff of research. We will also examine how to apply actionable research and responsive feedback loops to develop creative solutions. You will learn to define, understand, and design research methods and techniques to easily gather observational and ethnographic data, to critically investigate responses, and to collect information that sheds greater insight into their essence. Most importantly, you will discover that research is experimentation in action, encouraging you to develop your own approach to an investigative lifestyle.

This course is best suited for those change makers who want to further their understanding of research methodology.

Key Concepts: research strategies, from ethnographic to action research; basic principles of research processes and terminology; the action research cycle; foundational ethics in human/live research; framing research questions and designing research process


Learning Outcomes:

» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Determine how to interpret research findings as well as consider ethical approaches to various approaches.

» REFLEXIVITY: Develop a research mindset by exploring terminology and capabilities in research approaches.

» SYSTEMS THINKING: Discover how to apply specific research methodology based on individual components of a system and the system itself.

» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Learn how to frame a good research question and design a research process along with personalized approaches to researching and experimentation.

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 4 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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