What It's All About...


Making positive social change is easier when you’re armed with historical and contemporary theories on how to do it. This class explores what change means to us cognitively and socially, how to transition from theory to practice, and how to develop your own change making practice.


  • Learn historical and contemporary change theories
  • Explore the conceptualization of change making
  • Understand the dynamic relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
  • Unpack the cognitive experiences of change
  • Learn to critically evaluate personal actions to effect change
  • Learn to develop your theory and application of change
  • Learn to create conditions that shift behavior through systems interventions


By exploring historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and actions, this course will give you a more profound perspective on change making. This agency-boosting course helps you to explore and define what change means to you and guides you through the process of developing a personal approach to your change-based practice. By the time your screen fades to black, you will be ready to go forth and enact change (be it personal, political, social, or environmental) in your sphere of influence.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she 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 talkon sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking.