advanced training in circular systems design with Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, United Nations Champion of the Earth and sustainable design expert

join our Rapid live training and mentorship program for professionals designing for the new circular and regenerative economy




This 4-week live program with Leyla Acaroglu will help you fill the gap between your desire to enact creative change and your ability to actually do it. This is an advanced level program with one-on-one mentorship in “How the hell do I do this?” You will get the knowledge, action toolkit, and project support to take your creative change-making to the next level, gain deeper knowledge on the tools of the circular economy, and design projects that have positive impacts. 

Join us for an intensive month of weekly 1.5 hour live training sessions (online) with sustainability provocateur, developer of the Disruptive Design Method, and the United Nations 2016 Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu. 

4-week online training starts January 4th, 2018

(limited places) 


circular systems design advanced training

Do you want to get beyond the hype and buzzwords of eco design making and social change? Are you excited by the concepts such as the circular economy, regenerative design, and sustainability? Take your creative change skills to the next level with our advanced training in Circular Systems Design for professionals who are actively or wanting to increase their engagement and leadership for the Circular Economy.

We will help you take your systems thinking and circular design strategies for sustainable and regenerative design outcomes to the next level with this hyper-focused 4-week workshop. The weekly live online workshop sessions are designed for professional creatives, managers, product leads and entrepreneurs wanting to rapidly upskill their knowledge and action potential. You will also get one-on-on and small group mentor sessions to help transition your practice and projects to circular systems design. 



This is a unique offering that we are pleased to be able to provide to our growing global community of creative change-makers.

Our growing network is establishing a global community of professionals willing to disrupt the status quo and build worlds for positive impacts, and this workshop will help push your words into action. Once you complete one of our UnSchool programs, you join our creative changemaker alumni community and get access to many unique opportunities as well as support. 


Professional practitioners in all creative industries, designers, managers, or entrepreneurs wanting to transition rapidly to the Circular Economy and develop the practical and applicable skills to lead change. 

Ideally, you have experience and general knowledge of what the Circular Economy is (if not, take this introduction first).

The live online advanced training is best suited to professionals at an established level who have specific projects they want to advance through the Circular Economy, or have specific professional development goals around integrating systems thinking, sustainable design strategies, and circularity.

Our advanced trainings are high level, but we provide access to our Introductory Circular Economy course to make sure we’re all on the same page before we start. Additionally, we provide a learning pack and reading material to get your brain into the Circular Systems Design thinking zone!

About the program mentor

Leyla Acaroglu is one of the leading experts in design-led systems change, sustainability, and creative change-making. She is globally sought after as a knowledge sharer and change activator for her insightful perspectives and creative ways of rapidly activating positive change. She developed the Disruptive Design Method and is the creator of an array of award- wining cognitive experience designs. She was recently named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program for outstanding contributions to science and innovation. Her wealth of knowledge in systems thinking, circular economy tools, and creative practice sees her working with established leaders around the world and with emerging leaders through her educational initiative, the UnSchool of Disruptive Design. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain deep knowledge of the design strategies that make up the Circular Economy movement

  • Learn how to overcome barriers and trade-offs in developing circularized products and services

  • Use a practice set for advancing circular systems design within your organization

  • Develop your systems thinking skills 

  • Learn advanced knowledge of sustainable design techniques 

  • Develop your creative leadership skills 


Program DATES

Thursday knowledge sessions: January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (90min) 

Tuesday Q&A sessions (optional): January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (60min) 

Time Zones

  • North America West Coast: Breakfast session (9am PDT)

  • North America East Coast: Lunch session (12pm EDT)

  • EU: Afternoon session (5pm BST)

Sessions are live and require attendance, but they will also be recorded so that they can be viewed for up to 1 week afterward.

There is a short learning exercise after each session that is submitted online and also quickly reviewed/presented at the start of the following session; this is related to your project and helps to rapidly progress you through the learning experience. Our goal is to get you to level up as quickly and substantially as possible.  


Price: $1500 USD for full 4-week program. 

We offer equity access places for those who are not employed or who need financial assistance with attending our programs. Please indicate your need on the application, and it will be reviewed as part of our limited scholarship offerings. 

Not ready for advanced training yet?

Take our online courses in Systems Thinking, Sustainable Design, and the Circular Economy on our online school here to get ready for the next level!