2019 Innovation Leadership Course
Globally Accredited Executive Education
The DSIL Innovation Leadership Course invites 15 experienced leaders from around the world to dive into the future of learning. 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 learning that will guide you for years to come and actionable steps on how to train your teams as soon as you get home.
What You'll Learn
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
Looking for a custom program for your organization?
We offer immersive retreats, executive courses for small teams, and longer journeys of learning with companies.
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 get focused on learning.
DSIL educational designers pull from old wisdom and the latest research that creates immersive and 'flipped learning'- the learning of theory through practice which creates fast-paced understanding while solving real challenges and contributing to society while we are at it.
With 4 days in Thailand and 4 days in Cambodia, you'll complete 3 design sprints while working with local disrupters, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs pushing what business and work can look like. The people you connect with in the field will fill you with inspiration and send you off feeling energized and ready.
"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 tool 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?
Why learn from case-studies when you can
Why Southeast Asia?
Let us count the whys!
The DSIL Course will take you into Thailand's fast-paced tech-heavy capital city of Bangkok, and Cambodia's history-rich capital of Phnom Penh. Each city has their own unique political, socio-economic and environmental opportunities and hubs of innovation that need to operate differently- context matters a whole lot in this world.
"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
The Ecosystem of Virtual Classroom Speakers + Alumni
Our series of online learning labs 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 design transformation" -2018 Alumni
Learn more about DSIL Virtual Classrooms here and watch some sessions we have opened to the world to get a taste.
DSIL Alumni Ecosystem
You'll be joining more than 200+ Alumni from over 60+ countries, spanning across the social impact, private and government sectors. Our Alumni include CEOs, successful entrepreneurs and leaders at Shell, Salesforce, UNDP, IBM, Deloitte, and the Asian Development Bank. They are not afraid to un-learn what they have been taught and see learning as a life-long practice.
Many of our alumni stay powerfully connected after the course. We have worked together, started companies and will often be seen grabbing a beer after work with alumni from different cohorts who live close by! You'll find DSIL Alumni hot spots in India, Europe, Australia, and the USA!
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
DSIL releases classrooms to the public each year after the course closes to encourage the world to learn! 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.
An open-source curriculum built by our progressive educators to push our boundaries of how we learn and bring in difference 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 you want 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!