“Designing Disruptive Change”
Speaker: Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Founder, Disrupt Design; Founder, The UnSchool of Disruptive Design

Tuesday, March 2
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
Additional fee applies

Design is one of the most powerful social influencers we have developed to shape the world to meet our needs, so how can we use design to create a future that works better for all of us? Changing from unsustainable linear systems to circular and regenerative ones requires a shift in mindset, development of creative tools and the adoption of systemic approaches to how design influences society and the environment. Designers more so than ever before can make positive change through their creative productions by applying the simple three-part approach to mining problems, landscaping systems and building fit-for-purpose solutions that makes up the Disruptive Design Method. This workshop will dive into the practice of creative disruption by design and detail the different methods educators can use to support their students in participating in the transition to a sustainable future.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is an internationally-known sustainability provocateur, sociologist, and award-winning designer, focused on systems thinking, sustainability sciences and creative change-making. She was named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations, Change-Maker by Linkedin and is a mainstage TED speaker who leads presentations with leaders around the world on activating positive change for a sustainable, circular and regenerative future. As a serial social entrepreneur, she founded The UnSchool, an experimental knowledge lab for adults, developed the Disruptive Design Method and is CEO of creative agency, Disrupt Design.

“Re-envision Your Course to Manage Unconscious Bias”

Speakers: Taneshia Albert and Mayuko Nakamura

Friday, March 4
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT
Additional fee applies

Re-envision Your Course is an interactive workshop designed to equip participants to manage bias in their course materials using Cultural Intelligence to retool course materials. This workshop will build off the knowledge uncovered in the IDEC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Post-conference event of 2021 to explore unconscious bias within the classroom setting- both educator and artifacts- and develop strategies to reduce them. Specifically tailored to interior design education, you will learn to tweak or overhaul your design course by intentionally reflecting your teaching practice with student diversity in mind. Each aspect of course design, from your assessment methods to selection of instructional materials, to classroom climate, may privilege some students while disadvantaging others or even harming them. Our goal is to minimize the harm to the students and maximize student learning and belongingness. Research-based best practices are embedded throughout. Participants will leave the workshop with culturally intelligent strategies for disrupting bias in their individual classrooms and within their lives.