Designing for Systems Innovation and Leadership
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.
2023 Portugal Immersive
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.
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.
The Unique Course Design Teaches Too!
It's nothing new that we don't know what's coming next. Let's be honest, the earth and the conditions in it have always been evolving beyond our control. This is how we know we are alive! Knowing this, our team can promise that we have designed the most relevant and powerful learning conditions without taking unrealistic shortcuts. We need time to create change and transformation.
We are all teachers and learners in this garden and in the world! So, how we will learn really matters. The team integrates various ways of learning alongside different facilitators and speakers, with each bringing their own unique style. Our only bottom line is that it's 70% minimum interactive! This includes inviting in your voice and experiences, woven throughout the journey. Your real-life and your work will become a part of the curriculum at times and will plop you right in the conditions where you need to be to practice.
So come with your sleeves rolled up!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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