• The DSIL Course

    Why learn from case-studies

    when you can experience innovation in this Executive Course?

  • 2019 DSIL Course

    Globally Accredited Executive Education


    The DSIL Course invites 15 experienced leaders from around the world to dive into the future of innovation. The course thoughtfully constructs dynamic environments where you'll practice new mindsets, understand and attune processes, and master the skills needed to solve complex challenges that we find ourselves tackling every day.


    You'll begin with an 8-day intensive immersion that leverages the diversity of your cohort to expand perspectives on how you see the world and yourself. Leave with new mindsets, skills, and actionable steps on how to train your teams as soon as you get home.


    Pick a certification that supports the future you are building:

    Innovation Leadership Certification

    Human-Centered Design Certification

    Advanced Emergent Facilitation Certification


  • Joher Khan- Senior Strategist

    SY Partners, New York City

    "I already had a strong background in corporate design and innovation when I joined the DSIL Course, but it is not only a high-value innovation training - it is something much more. The course was a life-changing challenge that broadened my perspectives on self and systems and provided lifelong relationships with peers."


  • What You'll Learn

    1. Innovation mindsets that build adaptability in a world that will not stop changing.
    2. Train the trainers on the design thinking process, skills + tools to fit your context.
    3. How to facilitate co-creation with a diverse team using 33+ practical Liberating Structures. 
    4. How to re-ignite your ability to inspire others by exploring your outdated habits.
    5. How to embrace complexity and conflict.
    6. How to increase your emotional intelligence (which is 3x more hireable than any hard skill) leading you to better understand who you are.

  • Unique Course Design

    We create dynamic environments for rich, manageable, and relevant learning.


    The 8-day intensive immersion in South East Asia keeps leaders and their busy schedules in mind without taking unrealistic short-cuts on learning. The immersion creates the time to deconstruct the learning, 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 your learning when you return home. Through a series of short live 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.

    2019 DSIL Dates & Costs

    We know you're busy, so we have designed a course offering that allows you to choose a sequence that will work for you.


    Full Executive Course: August 10th- December 5th, 2019

    Immersion Only: August 10- August 17th, 2019

    Virtual Classrooms Only: August 30th- December 5th, 2019


    After you finish the DSIL Course, your academic certification will help you move in new directions. You can also do a few more classes and

    get a full Diploma from one of the most unique universities in the world.

    Pick a certification that builds the future you are creating:

    Innovation Leadership Certification

    Human-Centered Design Certification

    Advanced Emergent Facilitation Certification

  • Over 200 + leaders from 60 countries

    DSIL Course Alumni


    Our people include CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, organizational leads, shakers and makers from all sectors. Companies they hail from include Salesforce, United Nations, IBM, Deloitte, and the Asian Development Bank to name a few. People come who work in governments and join powerful activists dedicated locally. They are not afraid to un-learn what they have been taught and honor learning as life-long practice for all ages.


    Our alumni stay powerfully connected after the course. Some start companies. All of us show up for beers and coffee dates to offer support for years to come.

  • "When I invested in myself and stepped away to do the course, I learned much more than innovation processes. I learned how to become a more resilient leader and to re-connect with my personal goals for this crazy and beautiful planet. "

    Hanna Ruddies

    Global Growth and Acceleration Lead, Impact Hub

  • "We develop leaders holistically by teaching a horizontal breadth of innovation tools and skills, and a vertical depth of awareness and EQ.​


    Horizontal Development : Innovation Processes + Tools

    You'll learn a breadth of skills through a well-defined, robust, collaborative problem-solving process with many tools embedded within each phase that drive organizations forward. Welcome to the versatile world of Human-Centered Design! HCD can be used to create break-through or incremental innovations. It can also be used to help your teams better understand challenges without bias and give guiding tools to get practicing the hard work of collaboration.

    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 innovation processes; human-centered design included. 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 the DSIL is designing it with others. Join the LS Revolution!!


    86% of Alumni say learning LS was their favorite tools to master.

  • Vertical Development: Emotional Intelligence

    During the DSIL Course Immersion, you will also gain depth in understanding in who you right now and how you affect others (i.e. impact systems). The notable leaders of today and the future will continue to live amidst hyper-diversity and adversity so it's time to get practicing in meaningful ways. There is no book for this stuff, only relentless practice- our coaches will be with you along the way.


    Only 15% of the world put in the work to reach the highest level of vertical development....

    Are YOU one of them?

  • DSIL Quick Videos

    Scroll and take a peek at the course and the impact it has in these short videos. From them, we hope you get a feel for the dynamic learning environment the course creates and the tone of the people who commit to this learning dive.

    The #dsilstory series will tell you how the course created impact for 3 specific alumni and from their voices.

    Chris, Austria

    As an Entrepreneur and Creative working at

    NYU, Chris came to DSIL learn about the practice of Human-Centred Design in the real world.

    Mansi, India

    An Intrapreneur and problem solver already in the field of innovation, Mansi came to learn to focus her learning on building her self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and connection to her authentic self.


    Sawako, Japan + USA

    Sawako came to learn about creating innovative solutions using co-creation. She learned how to integrate this into her own classrooms and how to change the lecturing style itself with tools she learned about facilitation.

  • Download the DSIL Course Guide

    With everything you need to know about the 2019 DSIL Innovation and leadership course

    including course design, key dates, costs, inclusions, funding opportunities and FAQs.

  • Why learn from case-studies when you can

    experience innovation?

  • "Great educators do the work to know the understand the individuals as much as the content."

    - Katy Grennier, CEO

    The DSIL Team


    You'll be led by a team of diverse thought leaders with expertise in facilitation, progressive education, design thinking, code-switching skills (shifting cultures), business design, leadership, organizational culture, 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

  • 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, 1hr online sessions with 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!

    DSIL Curriculum

    An open-source curriculum built by our progressive educators to push our 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. 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: We invite you to share it with everyone!

  • Let's talk about if the course is a match for you.

    Meet our team and alumni too!

    A 15-minute call goes a long way.

    Looking for something customized for your team?

    We do create programs every year for retreats, re-builds or refreshers for companies to make your gathering times as meaningful as they can be.

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