What do you do when your vision of learning doesn’t align with the status quo? Start your own school. Such was the impetus of the
Un-School of Disruptive Design
. Described as an "experimental knowledge lab," the Un-School is the brainchild of
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
, a visiting scholar at NYU and TED talk speaker who holds a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change.
With a focus on sustainability, systems, and design, Leyla and her team inspire students to rethink everything they know. An assortment of events, workshops, and knowledge transfer experiences throughout the year, as guided by the disruptive design model, encourages participants to tear down mainstream notions of the quiet influence that is design and cultivate a fresh perspective on the world to empower so-called "creative rebels" to enact social change.
A group of 17 applicants hailing from countries across 6 continents and a diverse array of career paths join forces as part of the Un-School’s 7-day intensive fellowship program. The immersive, 12 hour-a-day collaborative experience thrusts fellows into the Un-School methodology head first as they engage with motivating mentors, insightful expeditions around the city, activities in leadership, enterprise, and social innovation, and challenging assignments for real clients. After the galvanizing week is through, students return to their homes and professional fields, completely "un-done" and ready to take on the world as agents of change.
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