What It's All About...


Discover how to tackle complex systemic social and environmental problems through creative interventions with our introduction to the three-part Disruptive Design Method.


  • Develop the foundation for using this unique three-step approach to leverage positive change outcomes
  • Familiarize yourself with divergent research approaches, systems mapping, leverage points, systems interventions, pushing through the froth, rapid
  • Understand how Disruptive Design is different from traditional design thinking in its positive approach to problem solving and its commitment to sustainability
  • Lay the foundation for a three-dimensional perspective of the way the world works
  • Learn to love a problem arena
  • Explore how to unpack the ways in which complex dynamically evolving systems interact.
  • Begin identifying potential systems intervention points


This introductory class provides the foundation for using the Disruptive Design Method, a unique three-part approach of mining, landscaping, and building to leverage the positive change outcomes. A holistic approach to complex creative problem solving that combines sociological inquiry methods with systems and design thinking approaches, the Disruptive Design Method helps you to develop systems interventions that enact social and sustainable change. Through this course, you will develop the mental tools to activate positive change by loving and unpacking problems, employing a divergent array of research approaches, moving through systems analysis, and then ideating opportunities for systems interventions that amplify positive impact through a given micro or macro problem arena.

There are 12 units in the full methodology set, including sustainability, systems thinking, cognitive science, gamification and game theory, systems interventions, ethics and empathy, sustainable design, project amplification, ideation and prototyping, change theory, and research strategies.

"The content has given me a practical way to delve into complex problems, exploring thinking far beyond my normal lines of inquiry, and to surface new areas for intervention and innovative ways of designing those interventions. Everyone who is tackling systems should learn this." --- Catriona McLagan

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Lead Instructor

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to 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 change through creative interventions.

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