The DSIL Course
Globally Certified Executive Education
The highly acclaimed DSIL Course invites 15 experienced leaders from around the world to dive into the future of leading. The course designs dynamic environments where you'll practice mastering the vital mindsets crucial to solving the complex challenges that we find ourselves tackling every day. Build depth of understanding in cutting edge innovation processes and learn to attune them to your context, while increasing your emotional intelligence (EQ).
The purposeful diversity of your cohort will S T R E T C H your perspectives from which you see the world and yourself. Leave with learning that will guide you for years to come, and lay a path of actionable steps you can train others on as soon as you get home.
Focus on one globally recognized certification track that will support
the future leadership path you are building:
Innovation Leadership Certification
Human-Centered Design Certification
Advanced Emergent Facilitation Certification
What You'll Learn
You will also un-learn many things along the way!
Unique Course Design
We create dynamic environments for rich, manageable, and relevant learning.
We begin with an 8-day intensive immersion in South East Asia which keeps leaders and their busy schedules in mind without taking unrealistic short-cuts on learning. The immersion creates the time to deconstruct the learning, start to practice, make mistakes and self-correct. Learning is highly customized when coupled with direct support from Berkeley Accredited Coaches who will challenge, support and amplify your edges before and during the course.
Beyond the immersion, you can join 90% of our leaders who choose the Full Executive Course that will ensure you integrate learnings into your life. Through a series of short DSIL Virtual Classrooms, follow-up coaching, and 4 DSIL Challenges you will continue to practice in your context and connect with your cohort for support.
Why Immersive Learning?
Intensive Immersions give leaders the time they need to step out of their own lives, away from the pressing needs of their teams and personal lives, so they have a chance to focus on learning.
DSIL educational designers pull together the latest educational research that creates classrooms where you learn theory through practicing it. This creates a fast-paced understanding while solving real challenges and contributing to society while we are at it.
You'll complete 3 design sprints while working with local disrupters, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs on real challenges they are stuck in. The people you connect with in the field will fill you with inspiration and send you off feeling energized and ready. There will also be time to work through specific challenges from your work and life.
We develop leaders holistically by teaching a horizontal breadth of innovation tools and skills, and a vertical depth of innovation leadership models and emotional intelligence-EQ.
Innovation Processes + Tools
You'll learn a horizontal breadth of skills through a well-defined, robust, collaborative problem-solving process with tools embedded within each phase that drive organizations to innovation. Welcome to the versatile world of Human-Centered Design! HCD can be used to create break-through or incremental innovations in every sector for products or internal changes needed within organizations. It can also be used to help your teams better understand challenges without bias and give guiding mindsets to get practicing the hard work of collaboration. DSIL Global is leading in work that embodies new evolutions of HCD and you will engage in those discussions too!
One of our favorite tools in innovation you will learn?
Liberating Structures are 33 + practical innovation techniques for leaders who guide teams that quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. LS can be used in many ways and were created to guide more meaningful conversations and strategy where we work. Our team uses it in all of our human-centered design projects too! They are LIBERATING because they replace controlling or constraining approaches to the way we meet, plan and work. The Global Gathering in LS just sold out in Seattle and DSIL is designing it with others. Join the LS Revolution!!
86% of Alumni say that LS was their favorite tool to take home and master.
Innovation Leadership + EQ
During the DSIL Course Immersion, you will gain a vertical depth of understanding about what level of leadership you are operating at right now and how you impact others around you. The future will continue to become amidst hyper-diversity and adversity so it's time to get practicing new ways of thinking where new ways of leading will emerge. There is no book for this stuff, only relentless practice- our coaches will be with you along the way. Want to learn a bit more about the original Vertical Development framework from which our work was inspired? Click here!
Only 15% of the world put in the work to reach the highest level of vertical development....
Are YOU one of them?
2020 DSIL Dates + Costs
Leaders are busy, so we have designed a course offering that allows choice in designing a sequence that will work for you.
Full Executive Course (Immersion + Virtual): August 1st-Dec.15th, 2020
Immersion Only: September 11-19th, 2020
Virtual Classrooms Only: August 1st-Dec. 15th 2020
After you finish the DSIL Course, your academic certification will help you move in new directions whether up the career ladder or into new careers. You can also do 2 more classes and get a full diploma from one of the most unique universities in the world.
Find out more about the Centre for Executive Education at UPEACE here!
Why Southeast Asia?
The DSIL Course will take you into Thailand's fast-paced tech-heavy capital city of Bangkok, and the rural areas of Thailand where innovation is thriving! Each city has its own unique political, socio-economic and environmental opportunities with hubs of innovation that need to design differently.
We will show you how to design for your context no matter the challenge.
The Experience of the DSIL Team
Great educators do the work to know and understand the individuals as much as the content.
You'll be led by a team of diverse thought leaders with expertise in facilitation, progressive education, human-centered design, code-switching skills (holding space for shifting and emerging cultures), business design, leadership, organizational culture, executive coaching and systems strategy.
"The DSIL lead team is what separates this course from all others, the stories and well of knowledge they pour in makes me feel like I advanced my career 10 years in 8 days."
- 2016 Alumni
Access to an Ecosystem with the Virtual Classroom
Our series of online and interactive virtual classrooms are hosted by disrupters from around the world including leaders from the Stanford d.school, MIT D-Lab, IDEO, IBM and THNK School of Creative Leadership.
"Taking a deep dive into organizational transformation with IBM's Director of Design, Karel Vredenburg, was a learning experience second to none. Karel not only took us through his personal theories of leadership gathered over his 30-year career but also gave us a first-hand look at the strategies IBM implemented globally to achieve authentic organizational transformation" -2018 Alumni
Learn more about DSIL Virtual Classrooms here and watch some sessions we have opened to the world to get a taste.
Get a taste of HOW we teach!
We spend 100's of hours designing free, open-sourced resources, available to everyone inspired by the course design. We all learn in different ways, and we wanted a toolkit that allowed for it all.
Learn more about design thinking, human-centred design, building cultures of co-creation, conscious leadership, business innovation and more through our selected DSIL Virtual Classrooms and DSIL Open-Source Curriculum. Get the learning party started!
DSIL Open Virtual Classrooms
A series of live, interactive, 60 minute online sessions
Hosted by thought leaders, practitioners and innovative problem solvers from every hemisphere, speakers have been carefully selected to expedite high-level understanding by exploring critical issues, recent experiences in the field and emerging learnings. Past speakers include disrupters from around the world including leaders from the Stanford d.school, MIT D-Lab, IDEO, IBM and THNK School of Creative Leadership. DSIL releases classrooms to the public each year after the course closes to encourage the world to learn!
An open-source curriculum by progressive educators
Pushing the boundaries of how we learn and bring in different opinions on topics, you'll find a variety of engaging ways to learn and hands-on challenges to spark thinking and practice skills in the DSIL Curriculum. The curriculum was designed to let you start learning where and how you want. It pulls in hundreds of voices so you can expand your perspective while learning to listen to other views.
This is a free resource and we invite you to share it with everyone!