Founded by designer, sociologist, sustainability provocateur and United Nations Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Disrupt Design is a provocative new type of capacity building creative agency.

Our mission is to build the knowledge, intervention opportunities and tools that help activate a global community focused on purpose-driven change for positive impact on the planet.

We build capacity for organizations and individuals to be an active part of the new circular and green economy. 

Using a robust scientific approach to understanding the complex systems that impact society, we developed the unique Disruptive Design Method which leverages systems, sustainability and design to understand, explore and intervene in existing systems and activate change globally. Taking on big challenges such as Gender Equity, a Post Disposable Society and Cognitive Biases with our method, we create substance-based trainings and toolkits that are helping tens of thousands of people globally activate their agency and positively impact the planet. 

Leyla Acaroglu speaking at TED

“I founded Disrupt Design as a way to help activate that global design and business community to take on the incredible opportunity that sustainability offers us by sharing the tools and techniques needed to transition to a sustainable, regenerative and circular economy.”

- Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Disrupt Design founder & CEO

creative DISRUPTION is about making the old obsolete by designing the new. It requires changes to the thinking tools and practice sets so we can all make a positive impact on the world.


We guide organizations and individuals to make change through our workshops,  online training packagescreative tools. We work with our clients to explore their problem areas and develop the right-fit solutions to rapidly transform how people think, and the way businesses work as a team, create products, and provide services. 

Our collaborators and clients are the pioneers of industry and government. They know that the future is sustainable, positive, regenerative and circular, and they want to have the tools, know-how and internal culture that will get them to the forefront of positive change. We help them get there. 


  • Develop skills and knowledge to actualize company values
  • Fill gaps in organizational knowledge and abilities
  • Provide concrete ways to deliver on corporate social responsibility
  • Help executives to lead the way and go beyond design thinking.
  • Enhance existing training and curriculum with ready-made expert content
  • Deliver cool tools and resources for work-based learning

That was possibly one of the best training sessions I have ever done, it was so engaging and enlightening. It totally reconfigured how I think about sustainability to see it as an amazing opportunity! Thank you!
— Peter, Amsterdam


Design is a powerful cultural and creative force used to shape and influence society. It has, for as long as humans have been standing on two legs, influenced every moment of our lives. From the way we sit to the structure of society, everything in the material and social world is designed.

Disrupt Design is forging new ways of using design as a catalyst for creative interventions to help make the critical transition to a circular, more sustainable economy. We are at the forefront of developing and using design tools to positively impact the planet, so that we can redesign the now for a future that works better for everyone. 

“Wow. Awesome. Amazing. Leyla is a synapse - with her energy, passion, knowledge and humour, she ignites every neuron in the room, and frees people to think and design sustainably.”
— Trish Hyde, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant


The provocations, tools, projects and initiatives we create activate positive change. They challenge you to think creatively and contribute proactively to the global conversation about ways we can all embrace sustainability and positive change.

Innovation is iterative change to an established status quo, however disruption is the rewriting of scripts that make the old ways obsolete. Our projects and our award winning tools are designed to specifically help others go out into the world and activate real change. 

I love using Designercise when I am facilitating. It helps me instantly get the room thinking outside the box and creates a culture of creativity. The activities are so well thought through and fun to use with adults.
— Natalie, Sao Paulo


At Disrupt, we use design as a platform for effecting positive impact. We use unique methods combining cognitive, sustainable and behavioral sciences with design and sociology to catalyze creative change. We develop our own work (our initiatives), and work with clients and collaborators around the world. From producers to governments, we have helped many teams make positive organizational change, transition to the circular economy, and transform the way their organizations deliver products and services to the world. 



Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method for activating positive social change by design. At Disrupt, we use this unique approach for our own workshops, projects and interventions, and also teach the methodology through our educational initiative The UnSchool of Disruptive Design.

Using a unique multi-disciplinary approach that combines expertise from design thinking, sociology, environmental sciences, cognitive sciences and systems thinking, our products and services transfer the knowledge and skills to use our highly productive methods and tools.

Creating positive change is our core business. Our expertise is in finding and unlocking potential in diverse and obscure places.





With a mix of sociological methodologies and design approaches, our research process explores, unpacks, evaluates and presents opportunities for enacting change.

Change and innovation are best formed through understanding your community, and the products, patterns, actions and motivations of those within it. Then by taking a systems approach, you can identify areas of intervention to make rapid and long lasting change. 

From community understanding, opportunity analysis, ethnographic research, participation and engagement data, gap analysis, life cycle assessments, systems interventions, interviews and more, we employ a range of expertise and robust research foundations in all our work.

We are about substance over surface, and we provide you, our collaborators, with the tools to do the same. 


We make systems thinking accessible and applicable to a global audience. We develop and apply systems approaches, teach systems thinking and create tools like the Circular Systems Design Activation Kit to help you also think in systems.

In our workshops, you learn our range of analog systems mapping and analysis tools to rapidly identify and understand the most effective interventions within complex systems. 



Unlocking tacit knowledge and sharing it in productive and empowering ways is how we help others find ways of changing the world. 

Rapidly understanding complex ideas (such as systems thinking and social change theories) is critical to finding creative ways of implementing new strategies. Many of our analog and digital experiences came out of the unique discovery phase we use to activate positive change. 


We are committed to finding the best sustainable methods and processes for producing our products, workshops and events. Any printed materials always use post-consumer waste paper and recycled materials whenever we can; we seek out certified products and employ local artisans and small scale producers; we partner with producers who are committed to sustainability and renewable energy sources. 

All labor is ethical, and we ensure that our suppliers operate at very high standards. We produce locally whenever possible, and seek out new ways of producing to help stimulate sustainable markets. We work hard to make sure that our experiences and products have the smallest negative ecological impacts possible, while still serving their functions. 

There is a strict policy against disposability (such as single-use cups and plates), and we invest in high quality materials and promote durability and reusability. We are not perfect and we are still learning, but we prioritize the discovery of new ways to do old things in order to do better.