What It's All About...


Are you creative, eager to disrupt the status quo and passionate about making the world work better for all of us? This handbook will help you activate your agency, up-skill in change-making, and amplify your impact.

Discover the unique creative method of activating positive social and environmental change through the Disruptive Design Method. Developed by sustainability provocateur and creative protagonist, award-winning designer, sociologist, and UNEP 2016 Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, the Disruptive Design Method is a holistic and substance-based approach to complex, creative problem solving.

The method combines sociological inquiry methods, sustainability strategies, systems and design thinking tools, which, together, can be employed to develop strategic creative systems interventions that enact social and sustainable change.

Anyone, anywhere, can make change – no matter how big or small their sphere of influence may be. This method provides a process for doing it, as it guides people through the process of exploring and understanding problems, identifying strategic points of intervention, ideating, prototyping solutions, and ultimately getting their change-making provocations out into the world.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

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 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. In 2017 she founded a not-for-profit Brain Spa for creative optimists on a farm in the Portuguese countryside.  

Leyla is an inspiring communicator and educator with a PhD in how to make change in the world by design.