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
» 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.
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 4 of 12 in the full knowledge set.