Global Change Initiatives
Leyla is a passionate activator for positive social and environmental change. She has initiated several organisations to help agitate and activate change by engaging more people with the pressing issues of our day in creative and achievable ways. She has three main organisations that she has founded and currently heads up.
A NYC based creative agency designed to activate, support and experiment with ways in which design can be used as a catalyst for positive social change. Disrupt Design (DD) takes selective commissions, enacts collaborations and initiates creative propositions around critical areas from education to love, gender and power.
At the forefront of cognitive experience design, Disrupt Design is all about pushing the boundaries of change-making, finding unique and positive protagonist ways of activating change and making sustainability a normalized concept on the path to regenerative systems design.
DD creates toolkits that transfer knowledge and action to creative professionals wanting to participate with more purpose. Toolkits come in varied forms and embed within them a deep substance based knowledge set that presents itself as a fun and engaging set of tools for activating change. DD uses the Disruptive Design Method and explores new ways of making change by design.
Founded in 2014, the experimental knowledge lab was intended as a provocation exploration of how knowledge can be transferred rapidly in experiential ways and has quickly grown to a global initiative with over 150 alumni from 32 countries. The UnSchool is for professionals and emerging leaders wanting to up-skill in sustainability, social innovation, creative problem solving and to develop their own career in purpose-driven practices.
The UnSchool teaches the Disruptive Design Methodology and Method Set and creates unique knowledge transfer experiences that pop-up around the world. Winning of a CORE77 Design Education Award, The UnSchool has run 7 flagship fellowships in 7 countries. In 2017 it will offer a year-long alternative masters program and see its first cohort of certified educators teaching core content in communities around the world.
Eco Innovators has been pioneering unique ways of creating educative experiences for activating social and environment change. Now, we are unlocking this knowledge to create an educative platform for educators offering a range of resources for teaching sustainability, design and creative problems solving. The platform is design for educators across primary, secondary and territory education interested in integrating experience based learning and creative workshops in sustainable design, creative thinking and environemtnal sciences.
Eco Innovators was founded in 2009, and started off as a creative agency developing projects to rapidly increase the conversation around sustainable design. Leyla initiated a host of creative projects from the Showcase Shop, The Secret Life of Things and was commissioned to by the NGV to develop the E-waste Autopsy and the Design Play Days among many other projects. As a result of this pioneering work in sustainable design educational tools and educational expiernces, the transition to an educational platform to assist other educators started in 2016.