Sustainability Provocateur, Designer, Sociologist, Experimental Educator and Social Change Maker
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works.

As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, social scientist and entrepreneur, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people 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 and environmental change through creative interventions. Leyla is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, Disrupt Design, and the CO Project Farm in Portugal.

Leyla is an inspiring communicator and educator with a PhD in how to make change in the world by design.

People like Leyla Acaroglu are so important to driving this change. Leyla is a 2016 UN Environment Champion of the Earth for science and innovation. Leyla inspires and helps people to equip themselves with agency, tools, and knowledge they need to shape the world and transform our lifestyles.
— Erik Solheim, Former Executive Director UNEP

On TED.com: Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren't as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.


It was a pleasure working with Leyla on our opening session for our 2017 Annual Summit. Drawing from Leyla’s experience in working with groups we were able to be creative on how we structured the session engaging the audience in a participatory way whilst also sharing her insights and integrity of thinking about the role of design in systemic change. We look forward to continuing to work with her and the team on how circular design can create more regenerative and restorative systems in the world we create.
— Jules Hayward - Education Lead Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Leyla Acaroglu UNEP Champion of the earth awards

UNEP Champion of the Earth

In 2016, United Nations Environment named Leyla Acaroglu Champion of the Earth for her pioneering work in science and innovation for sustainability and social change.


San Fransisco UnSchool Fellowship

The UnSchool

In her constant quest to explore how to activate creative change makers equipped with the tools to design for a positive planet, Leyla founded the award winning UnSchool of Disruptive Design in 2014. The UnSchool is an experimental learning lab for purpose-driven creative rebels and change-makers running programs around the world teaching the Disruptive Design Method.


Disruptive Design Method

The Disrutpive Design Method

After years of exploring creative change making, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method for activating positive social and environmental change combining systems thinking, sustainability sciences and design thinking for positive impact on the planet.


Game Changer Game by Leyla Acaroglu

Creative Projects

Leyla has designed many award winning activation toolkits for helping others make a positive impact on the planet. She has written several handbooks and creative provications through your unqiue approach to cogantive expiernce design.

Leyla did a super engaging talk at Made in Space that the audience really loved - she is a visionary, progressive thinker that in an optimistic and constructive way can address some of the big challenges we face as a human race and still leave a room uplifted and filled with hope.
— Simon Caspersen, Made in Space, Copenhagen