Dr Leyla Acaroglu is a United Nations Champion of the Earth, Designer, Sociologist, Social Scientist, Sustainability Provocateur and Change Maker.
Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design, an experimental knowledge lab, and two design agencies; New York-based Disrupt Design and Melbourne based Eco Innovators. Both are multidisciplinary studios focused on pioneering social and environmental change through design. Her work spans a variety of locations, fields and mediums and is driven by an inherent desire to affect, create, and see positive pro-sustainability change in the world.
As a leading sustainability strategist and an expert in life cycle and systems thinking in design, production and consumption, Leyla has keynoted major conferences around the world, was a visiting scholar at NYU and an Innovator in Residence at the Center for Social Innovation NYC. She is a passionate experimental educator and proponent of sustainability in and through design, art and innovation. Her award-winning work challenges people to see the secret life of everyday things and to think differently about the ways in which we live in the world.
In 2010 Leyla was named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 People of Influence. She was a regular judge on the ABC TV show The New Inventors, a presenter on the radio, an op-ed writer for the New York Times, and has won several awards for her work. Her innovative and forward-thinking approaches to communicating sustainability and social change has seen her creative work be featured in a permanent exhibition in the Leonardo da Vinci museum in Milan, and commissions from the National Gallery of Victoria.
Leyla is a well-respected international speaker, her mainstage TED2013 Talk has had over 1 million views, she has spoken at TEDx Melbourne, keynoted the AIGA Design Conference, Bonier Grid and a host of other keynotes. She is a highly skilled communicator with her writing being published in a host of design magazines and the New York Times. She also lectures at Universities around the world and has a doctorate in change-centric disruptive design.
Click here to watch Leyla’s TED Talk ‘Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore’
Click here to watch Leyla’s talk at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2017 Summit
From a short 1.5 hour session to a full tailored day, Leyla’s workshops ignite creative thinking and rapidly transfer new knowledge needed for a changing economy. She created the Disruptive Design Method to help all levels of industry make positive change by design.