• The Unnamed Road

    Learning how to lead in regenerative ways to fuel the change in

    a world alive and striving to evolve.

  • This immersive matters more than ever.

    Globally certified Executive Leadership Immersive ensures you unlearn and then re-recreate.

     

    The globally loved Unnamed Road (previously DSIL Course) invites 14 maximum humans from around the world to dive into un-learning the subtle and obvious ways we have been taught to lead, strategise, build, and "be" in the world.

     

    In this course, you will be invited to dive into a dedicated practice of mindfully evolving your personal mindsets that you unconsciously operate in everyday. This is where we need to start to evolve systems and have a shot at no bullshit change. You will be invited into sitting beyond comfort and power, and into bold questions tied elements prevalent in our society like our severing of intimacy, addiction to power and the possibilities in privilege; things we all wrestle with everyday no matter where you live or what sector you work in. This immersive is a 9 day experience that will continue to move things in you long after you leave. You will navigate high level complexity that are microcosms of the world with a group of humans unlike you, purposefully put together.

     

    You will build both a breadth of knowledge and depth of wisdom in this way; learning to pay attention to the nuance and context of every situation while leaning into 100-year strategy thinking that will shape the kind of ancestors it is our choice to become. The DSIL crew are expert emergent facilitators, experiential educational designers and accredited, loving and holistic coaches with a myriad of styles that will both challenge you and equally support you to evolve as the course progresses. By the end, you will have changed internally, becoming more aware of who you are now, and leave with the practical everyday tools and methods you can put to use (and put your spin on) after every session is over.

     

    Let's cut to the chase and use an analogy that our team has been embracing for a while now- a garden! Thanks, Biomimicry! The way we were taught to design/lead in our relationships to self, our personal lives, our work, our "management" of people, ideas, innovation, and our companies/organizations (the list is endless) was to have everything "under control". This is especially true if you are identified as a "leader". Leaders are like gardeners so it's unnatural for things to look pristine like the illustration shows. It feels uncomfortable because it is not natural! We were taught to be gardeners looking over a garden and making decisions for it. We know that this type of approach restricts so many of the crucial elements of life necessary for a vibrant and healthy group of people to grow too! Many of which we can't see, but we can absolutely feel. Take honest communication or trust, for example.

     

    The truth is, if we want to move beyond surviving and into a thriving world we must learn to let go of control, realize we are a part of the garden (yes! even as a gardener), and that the more we let in, the more vibrant our lives, teams and solutions become. We realize, we can no longer limit ourselves or others in ideas and our sense of a better direction for a world where our species is dying. DSIL doesn't have to yell this from the rooftops anymore- we can see it right in front of us. The time to make the shift into the garden is now.

    Where do we begin? This feels like a really big task! It is, and it's a lifelong commitment to learning. The answer to where we start is: with the smallest microelements! The atoms that make up YOU. We consciously begin with ourselves. Everyone who comes to the course is already up for that and has done work that helped them land here.

     

     

    Understanding and sense-making need to be constantly cultivated. Integrity is grown from the choices you make every day and those are crucial to every layer that moves outward. Who we are impacts those immediately surrounding us. That impact influences the systems we live in because we are the system. Self to Systems conversations are a key element you will see weaved throughout the course.

     

    We will all take radical responsibility as humans. We will uncover what we do that is getting in the way of regenerating a new world, as well as noticing the unique strengths we each have to get us there quicker.

    The mantra of "people before the process" has led our work and our own development inside the company. That is exactly what we will do when the course begins with the DSIL Virtual Loom. Practically, it gives us a chance to weave the relationships that are essential- between each unique cohort. We will see who we become together through self-discovery in groups, engaging in a variety of classrooms with diverse speakers from around the world. The plus side is that we can do all of this while showing you what is possible in making the 'virtual world' both more human and alive! So that's a bonus in this COVID world. Great programs do many things at one time, and that's true here.

  • 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 transformation and provided lifelong relationships with peers."

  • 2023 Portugal Immersive

    A place where the world is flocking and complexity from past and present are alive and colliding.

     

    Dates + Costs

    This 2023 Immersive will work as an intensive with a soft start and slow landing. This design allows for us to move at a human pace, with some intensity in the middle crucial for self-development and sense-making, and allow for some time to process before we end with a slow landing into the time of Easter which is full of cultural celebration in Portugal.

     

    The Regenerative Leadership Immersive Must knows. 

    • Participants: 14 person maximum so we can maintain the intimacy in a group needed to push in, grow well, and play too!

    • Dates: The program runs March 31st-April 8th, beginning at 1pm on the 31st, ending at the morning of April 9th when people fly home or decide to stay, relax, integrate and reflect, or go discover this wonderful place solo or with friends and family.

    • Cost: 8800 USD is the cost, 6700 USD if you sign up (or have a written agreement to be fully in) before February 15th. Here are some learnings to share with you from over the years. Many organizations support people to come since the learning is formed in trainer the trainer format, and you can take it home to your teams as soon as you get home. What gets in the way is people's courage to ask for all or some of it to be paid. Reach out, we can help with the leadership challenge of finding a way and words and love to see how to ensure that the 70% of trainings budgets unused around the world start to be used for good. Many of our alumni have also done crowd funding to pay for a portion of it and it fuels excitement around the topics. People love to support the growth of our world through individuals brave enough to do the work.
    • What is covered in cost: A LOT! We take care of most everything before when you hit the ground so you can focus on the work that you will be invited into and the energy it will take. Beautiful and locally owned accommodation in two diverse places (we meet half way through), most meals, transportation in country, regenerative relevant excursions/classrooms, supplies, and specifically designed gatherings with locals who are making a change/or those who are shouting for it are all apart of the package. This price also comes with 3 coaching sessions with one of our Executive Coaches (usually 500 USD each for an hour) who will be walking alongside you throughout the immersive and follow-up after to see how we are integrating what was learned in your life and tune up anything to make that learning stronger in your context. Finally, we work with master practitioners that have not this work for a long time and are already on the edges of that is next.
    • When you enter the DSIL Garden, you connect with a network of 300 + people doing incredible things around the world. Access to this relational field means many meet-ups to be renewed, master classes and future immersions where we all meet and simply cover personal costs to continue to amplify the work we are all dedicated too.
    • Executive Certification in collaboration with the UN Mandated Graduate University in one of the streams you will see below. Although the intersections can seem obvious through the course you will focus on one that helps you tune into a particular part of your regenerative leadership style.
    We have always grown through relationships and we are excited to continue to deepen that.
     
     
    We care about redistributing wealth in ways that support local economy. That means that we support all local while on immersion in the what is included in the course, pay people for their time and wisdom and feel how this way of being in the world fuels change in a small but significant way. We are a Queer led and Feminist company supported by the many who keep us alive and healthy enough to thrive. You will be supporting that too!
  • The Experience of the DSIL Team

    "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 9 days. Being with them empowered who I was and to this day we lean on each other for growth and much more."

    - 2016 Alumni

     

    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 and equity-based design, code-switching skills (being able to adapt to shifting cultures), business design, leadership, organizational culture change, executive coaching and systems strategy that listens to the planet and respects natural and emergent evolutions in all of our work. Plus, we have the world in our cozy pocket. We have had more than 100 speakers on our interactive virtual classrooms for the past 6 years. 

  • Jason Teeters

    Immersive Support Facilitator and Lead Coach

    Jason Teeters brings soul into all of the work he does, and he invests his energy in many things. First and foremost for him he is an adoring Dad and Husband currently walking alongside his community to overcome the recent hurricane in Fort Myers and encouraging the city to build stronger than ever before, far beyond the structures that were destroyed and into the ways that US work in society to create equality and freedom for us all. A born leader who insights smiles, depth and creativity into every room- he has soulfully honed his unique style behind coaching, facilitation, and entrepreneurial activation that invites the world into big possibility. The hope he owns for our collective future ensures groups collaborate in ways that truly are new and transform everyone in the room.

     

    Trained in the academic system as an Industrial Organizational Psychologist, that remains a big part of his core. He's worked with the United Nations, currently working with the DSIL crew to run a customized leadership program for U.S. Center for Disease Control, The Rockefeller Foundation, SecondMuse, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the NGO Movember, where he delivered the first ever mental health and wellness program for Black men.

    Jason is focusing much of his energy right now as the Nurturing Lead at the Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers, where he helps people overcome the emotional, psychological, and technical challenges to successful collaboration.

    Katy Grennier

    Lead Facilitator, Designer and Coach
    From growing up in foster care to fostering freedom and always supported by her LGBTQI community, Katy Grennier speaks truth in board rooms or community centers that help us all begin to to dismantle the pervasive and western behaviors we participate in that harm everyone. Katy is one of the most fierce and supportive humans you will meet and the a lead co-creator of original designers of the DSIL Course. As the leadership program and it's community has grown so has grown right along with it by practicing to embody what she teaches- daily push she is not shy about speaking into. This year will lead the incoming 15th cohort and for her this work is her home. She invites participants and the team to come as full complex humans so we can work start by not denying who we are or the reality around us and find transformation for ourselves.

     

    As a leading practitioner in the field of human centered and trauma- centered/mindful design her foundations of lived experience and active care are threaded throughout all of her work in emergent strategy and facilitation, executive coaching and interactive program design. She knows our wisdom the comes from our lived experience far outweighs any knowledge that academia can give you when impact felt and seen is the goal. A Rotary Peace Fellow in Peace and Conflict, Berkeley Executive Coach, Graduate from the Bill Clinton Graduate program, teacher of co-creation, and EHF Fellow trained in constellations and somatic work- she is hired to work alongside the most committed companies and organization in the world to infuse new thinking and lift the solutions we come up with always have a social impact element as well.

    Armandee Drew

    Co-designer and Coach

     

    Armandee Drew creates safe, regenerative spaces for change agents to peel back the layers and get to the heart of human flourishing. She is an inner healing maven, world traveler, executive coach, and global leadership consultant. Armandee is on a mission to transform toxic relationships & systems, eliminate isolation, and participate with co-designers to heal the world. She works with leaders and teams in every sector who want to go and grow deeper to experience transformation in their personal and work lives.

     

    Armandee relentlessly listens with a persistent tenderness, mining for the roots of your false story. She fights for your inner freedom and highest good. Armandee comes from a background in academia, leadership, and counseling where she lived and worked on 4 continents and made her transition to inter-cultural facilitation and executive coaching in Dubai, UAE.

     

    Armandee has a master’s degree in Global
    leadership, certified in NLP, Inter-Cultural Intelligence, DiSC, 5 Voices Toolkit, Advanced Inner Healing, and has worked with NASA, Leidos, the CDC, Paris Sorbonne, Chick Fil A, and multiple non-profits and schools.

     

     

    When she isn't running retreats, coaching, and facilitating groups, she is climbing Stone Mountain (near Atlanta), writing poetry, and getting really present with herself, family, and friends.

    Stephen Silveria

    Support Facilitator and Coach

     

    Stephen is taking us to a place he hails from this year- Portugal! An experienced Program Manager, ICF-credentialed Coach, and Dynamic Facilitator of change with the mission of enabling growth in leaders and organizations. His commitment to gentle honesty encourages people and teams to see their blind spots and lightly find a way to change to lean into transforming it. With Stephen, growth is liberating than fun.

     

    Stephen has done many things in this life so far, and now, through his role helping Facebook stay ethical, he wages battle in the fight against bad actors and malicious advertising in a blazingly fast-paced and ever-changing environment. With his spare time he leans into his deep love of coaching he working with a diverse range of individuals and organizations to push boundaries and create positive change in his communities. He also a great husband to Katie, and an amazing human, and a new dad who is eating up every minute of that journey!

    Frieda Hoffman

    Immersive Support Facilitator and Lead Coach

    Frieda is a transformative coach and mediator, creative consultant, and serial entrepreneur with a passion for supporting women and dancing like nobody’s watching. Frieda guides global visionaries, small-business owners, and intrapreneurs find clarity and fulfilment, while holding them accountable to their goals, no matter how big or small. As a passionate feminist and coach, she aspires to uplift humanity and break down the barriers that keep so many from stepping into their full potential – through tough love and accountability. As a narrative nonfiction writer, she aims to cultivate compassion, strength, and a greater sense of connection to people and planet.
     

    Frieda brings a soothing calm to the Unnamed Road. She holds an MA in social work and conflict management from Berlin’s Alice Salomon University, a dual BA in psychology and anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, and is a certified Executive Coach from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a dual certified mediator from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and the Center for Dispute Resolution. Frieda lives in Oakland, California.
     

    Melina Chan

    Co-Facilitator and Designer

    Melina is a global citizen, social entrepreneur and coach with a passion for facilitating groups and individuals to do great things. Named an ADC Future Leader by the Australian Davos Connection (ADC), Melina has 15 years experience working on the development of entrepreneurial networks and ecosystems to deliver social and environmental impact across the Asia Pacific region. She also has a passion for being deeply embedded and creating grassroots impact. In her Cambodia years, Melina co-founded two social enterprises, now locally owned and operated, and internationally recognised for their excellence in sustainable tourism and human development. Back in Melbourne, Melina took the helm of one of Australia’s original coworking spaces, Inspire9, supporting the growth and amplification of a lively community of startups, freelancers and creatives, birthplace of CultureAmp, Rome2Rio and landing pad for many international startups such as Eventbrite and Etsy.
     

    Mel currently serves as a coach, mentor, advisor and board member to a range of startups, social enterprises and organisations, and supports program development at SecondMuse, a global innovation and ecosystem building organisation. She enjoys a well-mixed cocktail, discovering new challenges and changemakers, and learning new languages.
     

  • What You'll Learn, Re-Learn and/or Un-Learn

    The path forward is ready for a re-design, we need to make it a future we are proud of.

    1. How to embody Regenerative Leadership mindsets and micro behaviors required to consciously build the conditions for voices to be heard and new paths to be forged no matter who is in the room. #noexuseinnovation
    2. Understand and build resilience with all that happening around us. Learn how to grow it in yourself and those around you.
    3. Un-learn any fear around conflict and learn to invite it in as a resource in incredibly powerful ways. 
    4. Get trauma-informed and learn how to embed this way into projects, companies and processes. 
    5. Be able to train forward the basics of innovation processes with equity based design. 
    6. Become a practitioner in emergent facilitation. You will have a toolbox of riff's on practical tools like Liberating Structures plus many more tools that humanize the virtual space or in-person. 
    7. Understand the vital need for emergence as a part of your practice and back it up with some complexity, biology and neuroscience! 
    8. Realistically check in on who you are NOW, where you are going, and develop higher emotional intelligence along the way. 

  • Focus on a stream throughout the immersive that will empower your unique Regenerative Leadership style.

    Regenerative leadership approach brings holistic worldview that is aiming to restore, preserve and enhance people, society and environment. Learn how to fuel and activate in highly diverse systems.

     

    1. Equity-Centered Design

    Understand the basics and beginnings of design thinking and why it's been a long time coming to change the nature of design and move it into social and community elements of our world. Welcome to Design Justice!

    2. Regenerative Leadership

    Regenerative Leaders bring vitality and wellbeing to all our living systems; from organizations to the groups we participate in beyond work all of which offer a possibility to enhance social change. It teaches leaders how to think, feel and see in whole ecosystems which allows us to create the conditions for new processes and experiments to emerge that will have a positive print impact- there is no such thing as no impact. The practice of regenerative leadership ensures that we continually wake to what it really means to be fully human and to live in right relationship with the natural world as our partners. 

    3. Emergent Strategy + Facilitation

    Learn how to lead a group through the process with all voices heard to align in one direction. Start to practice getting good enough that you can walk into a room and know what is needed next from asking great questions and widening your toolbox with tools conducive to allowing for emergence in the first place.

    After you finish the immersive your Executive Academic Certification from the UN Established Center for Executive Education will help you move in new directions, to up your game on your own practice, or step into new careers needed for the future of work and radical collaboration. If you do the Full Executive Course - doing 2 more classes will get a full diploma from one of the most unique universities in the world. Yes! They do some of those courses online too in case you can't get to their amazing campus in Costa Rica!

  • Want to Nerd Out on the Underpinnings of the DSIL Course Design?

    The evolution or death of design thinking. Equity as a necessity. Levels of systems change leaders. Facilitating using complexity as an asset.

    Leadership Leaps!

    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. There is no book for this stuff, only relentless practice- our coaches will be with you along the way. Only 15% of leaders ever reach the third tier. Are yo one of them? Want to learn a bit more about the original Vertical Development framework from which our work was inspired. We have evolved it to ensure we can also have social impact along the way.

    Design Thinking's Evolution.

    You'll learn a horizontal breadth of skills through a well-defined, robust, collaborative problem-solving processes often called "design thinking or sometimes called human-centred design. To the right are just some of the ways you can move through these process to come out with break-through or incremental innovation. Look overwhelming? Don't worry- there are some simple threads throughout all of these and understanding them differences will help you as leaders co-decide which one to use when in what context. Learning what on the next slide will ensure you understand your role and power that is yours to check in co-design processes and more.....

    Equity is a non-negotiable in innovation.

    From the basics of innovation we will move into harder conversations around the task to be good ancestors and build regenerative and equity- centred design that needs us to put a lot more intention in why and how we co-design things, not just what process we robotically follow. Our team will share lessons, epic failures and lots successes stories we have been gifted to be apart of because when chose the path of inclusion and not just for the sake of being nice or politically correct. In the center of our beautiful differences and dismantling the meaning of "expert" is where the future and meaningful innovations lie. When you bring learning to your context innovation may be break-through or incremental innovations, but they will help you step up to becoming more confident especially when there is tensions around.

    Facilitating is leading through the complexity.

    Facilitation Tools you can use online or off?

    Liberating Structures are practical innovation techniques 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. They are LIBERATING because they replace controlling or constraining approaches to the way we meet, plan and work. It's based around complexity Theory so you will learn about this too and how it weaves into WHY more voices is important.

  • ""It has been an unforgettable experience with so many moments that will stay with me. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the DSIL Garden in my cohort and beyond. Thank you and the entire DSIL team!"

     

    Jane Chun

    Specialized Programs Director at the Compassion Institute

  • 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.

    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.

    Mansi, India

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

    Chris, Austria

    As an Entrepreneur and Creative working at

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

  • DSIL Course/ Unnamed Road Alumni

    A trust filled community of leaders from 70 countries

     

    Our 300+ alumni from 70+ countries include CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, organisational leads, shakers, and makers from all sectors. Companies they hail from include Salesforce, United Nations, IBM, Deloitte, Activist Organizations, Creative Media and Netflix, PwC, 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 unlearn what they have been taught and honor learning as a 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.

  • 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!

    Interactive and Open Source Virtual Classrooms since 2014!!

    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!

    DSIL Open Source Curriculum

    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!