What It's All About...


In this course, we take a closer look at the role that gamification plays in the world around us, how game theory motivates and influences our actions, and how you can use gamification and experience design in your change-making practice.


  • Develop an understanding of gamification and game theory in action
  • Learn to dissect and reorient game mechanics and mechanisms within real world environments.
  • Gain understanding of the interconnectedness of experience design, social constructionism, motivators, and problem arenas
  • Explore what motivates your actions in the world, and how to use these new insights to employ tactics and tools that stimulate change
  • Develop confidence in using gamification to design your own engaging experiences in the problem arena of your choice.
  • Learn how to use gamification systemically to stage creative interventions that leverage positive change.


This course looks at change making through the use of Gamification (the use of game mechanics in non-gaming environments) and Game Theory (the economic analysis of how people strategize to maximize their effectiveness in a given situation). Designed to help you wrap head around the ways in which humans use strategies and play to maximize the effectiveness of their experiences in the world, this class explores intrinsic motivators such as pleasure, success, reward, competition, and challenge. After gaining an understanding of motivators and mechanics, you will learn how to dissect and adapt the mechanics of successful gamified experiences, and how to design your own cerebrally activating experiences that can be leveraged to effect social and behavioral change.

"I never truly understood the power of gamification before going to the Unschool. Now I see that it can underpin all the elements required for social change to happen. I am hungry to learn more and put it into action." --- Esther Whitehead

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.