THE UNSCHOOL OF DISRUPTIVE DESIGN / Self-funded / Launched Sept 3 2014 / UnSchool website here
the unschool of disruptive design
Nelson Mandela was right when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” but the education system no longer strives to serve the world-changing-types. All too often, we see education churning out “cookie cutter” ideas and reducing the complexity of the world down to reductive silos. So, we set about disrupting the way we share and experience knowledge by creating an experimental knowledge lab called the UnSchool of Disruptive Design.
We also decided to challenge the dominant discourse around the power of individual agency in affecting positive change through the development of our non-school school. The UnSchool programs are designed for the purpose-driven leader, the agitator, and the passionately inspired change agent who is willing and wanting to participate in making change.
Our immersive educative programs are for world-changing-types, including but not limited to: designers, artists, innovators, and social entrepreneurs. These programs pop-up in cities all over the world, set in various locations (always interesting, sometimes surprising) that demonstrate the relevance of an activated change making practice set. Through the UnSchool we curate unique, cerebrally-activating experiences designed to reorientate the way people participate in the world around them. Employing a foundation in critical pedagogy, we co-curate experiences with our community- which has grown to over 120 people from 32 countries in just 24 months. We have run programs in Mexico City, New York, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, London, France, Berlin, and Rio.
Our lab encourages people from diverse backgrounds to maximize their capacity to influence and affect positive social change. We help emerging leaders and established professionals rapidly upskill in designing interventions for social innovation. Our programs center on our exclusive approach to change-making, the Disruptive Design Method.
The UnSchool’s three critical knowledge pillars of systems, sustainability, and design allows us to build fascinating programs that don't exist anywhere else in the world.