What It's All About...


Discover the relationships between our ethical frameworks and the power of empathy as a tool for building change! This course unpacks contemporary philosophical and practical applications to ethics and ethical conduct (specifically through the lens of social change and sustainability) and explores the visceral and cognitive experience of empathy.


  • Develop a critical understanding of the 5 Es
  • Understand how you developed your current ethical framework and empathetic approach.
  • Understand how empathy and ethics tie in to design, implementation, and activation outcomes.
  • Uncover the relationship of ethical frameworks, implemented across various generations, nationalities, and professions, to understand the importance of reflecting on ethics in our work.
  • Get comfortable using your individual ethical and empathetic structures in your personal and professional lives alike.


This course covers contemporary philosophical and practical applications of ethics and ethical conduct. Through an exploration into how ethics manifests in our minds – and how it differs between cultures and generations – you'll be able to unravel how you developed your own sense of ethics, and will learn ways in which you can make more informed ethical choices that challenge the status quo. Through this course you'll discover how empathy can be used as a powerful tool for closing ethical gaps and busting through biases that inhibit ethical progress. You'll gain an understanding of what empathy means for human experience and the nuanced implications of empathetic responses to stimuli. You'll learn how empathy plays a critical role in effective design, implementation, and activation, as well as how powerful it is as a force for gaining key insights and understandings. Armed with insights into the physiological and social experiences of empathy, by the end of this course you will be primed to employ empathetic approaches to design through unique methods and tactics.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

Design disruptor, creative boundary pusher, and sustainability provocateur, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu  embodies the innovation that instigates positive environmental and social change. A designer, social scientist and entrepreneur, she is internationally recognized as a global leader in sustainability, design, systems thinking and the circular economy. As the creator of the Disruptive Design Method Leyla is invited to work with governments, corporations and organizations around the world supporting their transition to a circular and sustainable future.  For her work, Leyla has won several awards and was announced in 2016 as Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme. She is frequently invited to speak at high-level events around the world with her mainstage TED talk having collected over one million views. She is the founder of Disiprt Design and the CO Project Farm in Portugal. As founder of The UnSchool she is constantly exploring new ways of rapidly transferring knowledge and capacity to people interested in making a positive impact on the planet.