• DSIL Virtual Classrooms

    A globally accessible and interactive, relationship-based, online learning experience.

  • DSIL Virtual Classrooms

    The DSIL Virtual Classroom is composed of 10 live, interactive, 60 minutes sessions with thought leaders, practitioners and innovative problem solvers from every hemisphere. The speakers have been carefully selected to expedite high-level understanding by exploring critical issues, case-studies and emerging learnings that come from the DSIL Course.


    All sessions are moderated by the DSIL team and each speaker engages with participants during their presentation or interactive workshops. On the Zoom platform, you will also have time to exchange ideas with the other participants in break-out sessions. Bring your curiosity and questions! The more the better.

    Fun Fact: Once a part of DSIL always a part of DSIL. Join us for years to come on future classrooms for free.

    Every year, after the Executive Course finishes, we open our best classrooms to the world.

    Check out a few of our favorites from the last 5 years here!

  • 2019 Speaker Series

    Theme: The Power of the Collective.

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    SESSION 1 | How the power of community can transform your business

    August 29, 3 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Featured Speakers: Susan Basterfield & Anthony Cabraal



    In this Workshop: The 'Better Work Together' book is out and some of the authors are with us this year. Regardless of what work we are doing, what sector you are in, or the make-up of your team or organization... how we coordinate is getting more complex. How do we work together to look after ourselves and each other? How do we contribute our best gifts and highest impact work? In this session, we will explore and reflect on learnings from the development of the Enspiral community over the past 8 years. Expect to cover collective decision-making, governance, connection building, culture, community, self-management, livelihood building, and personal development. Its a FULL session!

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    SESSION 2 | Designing the future we want to live in

    September 5, 12 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Featured Speaker: Priscilla Chaves, Costa Rica

    Executive Director and Co-Founder, Impact Consulting


    In this Workshop: Humans of the future, ambitious challenges and the exponentials that allow for radical solutions: In this workshop we will tap into the possibilities of a future where humans have evolved and the technology is now available to solve the world's grandest challenges. We will explore how AI, robotics, bioengineering, among others, can be used to solve day-to-day problems for the "human of the future", by following design principles and a lot of imagination. As one of our first DSIL alumni's years ago, Pri will share her journey from IBM to now owning a company focused on the future.

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      SESSION 3 | Systemic Constellations: an embodied technique for personal reflection

      September 24th, 5:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speakers: Hermes Huang, Thailand

      Co-Founder and Managing Partner, InsightPact


      In this Workshop: We can work with what we can't see. We can understand things not only by thinking through it! This workshop will begin with DSIL's co-founder leading us through a quick conceptualization of various forms of knowledge. We will then focus on one form, embodied knowledge, using the systemic constellations technique. Systemic constellations are similar to stakeholder maps, but take on a much more mindful and personal character. Strongly guided- each participant will work individually, to construct and observe their own constellations. Participants will depart the workshop being able to practice and experiment further with the technique.

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      SESSION 4 | Decolonizing social innovation

      October 4, 7 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speakers: Nai Kalema, USA

      Social Innovation Fellow, StartingBloc, Harvard Grad


      In this workshop: We will look at how uncritical approaches we collectively take to social innovation support the maintenance of power imbalances linked to coloniality. These actions fail to address the persistent inequities and biases that sustain many of the most intractable challenges we see in the world (and in SI processes) today. This session explores where such challenges continue to exist and what some are doing to diminish them through SI processes and systems. How might we decolonize social innovation to advance global social justice?

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      SESSION 5 | Generating Wisdom through Process Design

      October 15, 12 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speakers: Ahmed Buasallay

      Ecological Designer, Community Facilitator, Systems Thinker, Schumacher College


      In this workshop: In this interactive dialogue, we will explore what it means within the design processes to enable the continuous (re)generation of wisdom within communities (and organisations). Questions we may come to together: How can we design processes that enable the individual to find their own expression within another’s (community or individual) dream? How can we design processes that transmute with the people that hold them? Why is generative wisdom important for our planetary and individual health?

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      SESSION 6 | What 100 Coffees Taught Me About Connection

      October 24, Time TBA

      Featured Speaker: Chris Hope, Australia

      Strategy Office, RMIT University


      In this workshop: Over two years, Chris met 100 new people for coffee, once week. In this session, he will bring his TED talk to us and speak to the power of community connection in fueling change and understanding. What are the wellness benefits of meeting people? How we are losing connection as a society and how we can align our personal values to out who we are as one? Join Chris to take the lessons home to your communities!

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      SESSION 7 | StartX and Lab of Labs: Collective Intelligence for Shared Missions

      November 6, 8 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speakers:  Tony Lai & Conor Colwell

      StartX + Lab of Labs


      In this workshop: Over 8 years, StartX has grown into a community of over 1300 Stanford-affiliated founders who relentlessly support one another in achieving their company goals. Today, the Lab of Labs is doing the same for a global community of researchers, founders, and funders of projects solving Global Goals. With shared learnings from building these non-profit initiatives, this interactive session will guide you through a set of frameworks, processes and tools for nurturing collective intelligence in service of common goals.

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      SESSION 8 | The Aesthetics of Power

      November 14, 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speaker: Fisher Qua & Anna Jackson, USA


      In this workshop: In this session, we will use the lenses of aesthetics & power to explore the ways we are each indulging in some kind of personal expression even as we try to create interactions that invite others to do the same. How do we make choices about time, space, and other structures that shape our interactions? What configurations are productive? Which are oppressive? How do the structures that are successful migrate across contexts, cultures, and communities?

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      SESSION 9 | Intersections of human centered processes and voice amplification in design processes

      November 21, Time TBA

      Featured Speakers: Anu Sachdev & Pallavi Jain, India

      The Change Designers LLP


      In this workshop:This workshop will bring real life stories, experiences, processes and impact data from the rural development and marketing sphere in India where social behavior change has found a niche to be used. In this workshop, we will interact about how working differently with communities (rural, low resource, remote) in different parts of India have yielded unthought of solutions through stories. These narratives are made by the communities themselves through a facilitated process that allows voices to be amplified, and gives program developers create platforms for rightful amplification. Using torytelling methods, positive deviance and liberating structures to solve the most complex social issues of our time. Things you will learn on the course!

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      SESSION 10 | Co-design with Indigenous Groups in Guatemala

      December 3, 10 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speaker: Omar Crespo & Mona Mijthab

      Link4 + Mosan


      In this workshop: We are diverse, creative beings with vast imagination and creative energy. We believe we can all be designers and that especially vulnerable groups can benefit immensely from the approaches and mindsets of creative problem solving. Join us as we share about our journey towards sustainability through local innovation and co-design in a Guatemalan indigenous village. We will talk about some of our projects, from locally designed cooking systems to circular sanitation systems. Learn about our methodology and get to try one of the physical generative tools we’ve developed for co-design.

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      SESSION 11 I The truth about how collectives work well together

      December 11, 8 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      Featured Speakers: Katy Grennier

      DSIL Team


      In this workshop: This workshop will bring you through a real-life example of a mad collaboration between some of the most daring design firms in the world. We will share our #realtalk story of how different cultures, companies, brands, ways of thinking got us stuck and what exactly we did to build cohesion and a successful project by the end. The world is generating new energy that draws us to mad collaborations! Learn from us and help your next one go much smoother!

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      2019 Moderator and Community Activator

      Kelsey Lotus Wong


      Lotus is a Creative Facilitator, Experience Designer, and Culture Coach|sultant. With a passionate curiosity for transformation, Kelsey has committed to co-creating the conditions for people to come into wholeness, expand their capacities, and bring their wildest visions to life. In practice, Kelsey works East to West with culture coach|sulting™ Delivering Happiness and social innovation company DSIL Global to expand individual and organizational capacity. When she’s not deep-diving into meaningful work, Kelsey is creating, exploring, and floating in the sea. Follow Kelsey’s journey on her blog.

    • 2018 Speaker Series

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      SESSION 1 | Designing For Social Innovation and Leadership

      Featured Speakers: 

      Katy Grennier (Bangkok) and Art Sherwood (Seattle)

      DSIL Global


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      SESSION 2 | Modern day wellness: Emotional Intelligence, Meditation + role vs soul conflict

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      SESSION 3 | The Power of Us​

      Featured Speakers: Brian Reilly, Indonesia

      CEO of revolv


      Watch the recording here (Password Required)

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      SESSION 4 | Voices Revealed

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      SESSION 5 | Beyond Stickies and Sharpies: Authentic Organizational Transformation

      Featured Speakers: Karel Vredenburg, Canada

      IBM Design, worldwide client programs.


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      SESSION 6 | Leadership Reflections-Years of Undocumented Advocacy and Changemaking

      Featured Speaker: Victoria Matey Mendoza, USA

      IDEA Institute Changemaker fellow, founder of the Blue Group


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      SESSION 7 | Flourish as a Changemaker

      Featured Speakers:  Mohit Mukherjee, Costa Rica/USA

      Founder of Changemakers International, Founding Director of UPEACE Centre for Executive Education.


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      SESSION 8 | Do More Good: The Future of Business


      Featured Speaker: Tamkeen Nadeem, Pakistan

      Business owner of CHARU, a social enterprise


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      SESSION 9 | Online learning sucks until it doesn’t.​

      Featured Speaker: Will Dayble, Australia

      Co-founder of Fitzroy Academy


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      SESSION 10 I Technology, the future and our journey

      Featured Speakers: Michell Zappa, Netherlands

      Technology futurist, information designer and founder of Envisioning, a technology foresight institute.


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      SESSION 11 | Moving Towards Ecosystems and Systems Led Leadership - Designing Your Impact by Mapping the Gaps

      Featured Speakers: Courtney Savie Laurence, Thailand

      Co-founder of two social enterprises and has worked in and among large-scale organizations like Ashoka and the United Nations.


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    • 2017 Speaker Series

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      SESSION 1 | Appreciative Inquiry: A Dynamic Paradigm for Managing Change


      Featured Speakers: 

      Mohit Mukherjee and DSIL Global Team

      Centre for Executive Education at UPEACE, Watson U
      Ciudad Colon, COSTA RICA; Bangkok, THAILAND

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      SESSION 2 | Workshop: Building Business + Ideas for Risk and Resiliency

      Featured Speaker: Jona Repishti

      International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) at D-Lab MIT

      Washington, DC, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 3 | Workshop: Innovation and the Five Lenses

      Featured Speaker: Joher Khan

      SY Partners

      San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 4 | Fireside Chat: The Power of Art for Inclusive Development

      Featured Speakers: Shehzil Malik

      Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

      Lahore, PAKISTAN

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      SESSION 5 | Design Thinking in Real Life

      Featured Speaker: Emi Kolawole

      Dexign, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school)

      Washington, DC, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 6 | The Benefit Mindset: Wellbeing of the Self and the Whole

      Featured Speakers: Ash Buchanan and Jack Greig

      The Benefit Mindset and Teach for Australia

      Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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      SESSION 7 | Working with Paradox and Complexity

      Featured Speaker: Kristine Sloan

      Starting Bloc

      Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 8 | Harnessing the Restorative Power of Anger for Innovation and Social Change

      Featured Speaker: Margaret Rose

      Procurement Innovation and Leadership Lab, University of Bath


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      SESSION 9 | Transforming Business, Society, and Self

      Featured Speaker: Adam Yukelson

      Presencing Institute, U.Lab

      Cambridge, MA, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 10 | Fireside Chat: Leveraging Maker, Hacker and Digital Blacksmithing Spaces for Development

      Featured Speakers:  Karl Heinz AND Thabiso Mashaba

      Founder at AB3D and ArtisanHive // Co-founder and CEO These Hands GSSE

      Nairobi, KENYA // Gaborone, BOTSWANA

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      SESSION 11 | Workshop: Liberating Every Voice with Micro-Structures

      Featured Speaker: Keith McCandless

      Social Invention Group & Liberating Structures

      Seattle, Washington, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 12 | Radical Inclusion for an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Revolution

      Featured Speaker: Art Sherwood

      Western Washington University, College of Business and Economics
      Bellingham, Washington, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 13 | Being Bold with Authentic Leadership

      Featured Speakers: Doy Charnsupharindr 

      Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute
      Berkeley, California, UNITED STATES

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      SESSION 14 | The Surprising Effects of Design Thinking

      Featured Speaker: Katy Grennier

      DSIL Global

      Bangkok, THAILAND

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      Design Thinking in Action.

      Featured Speakers:

      Adam and Lena Selzer of Stanford d.school/Civilla; Detroit, UNITED STATES

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      Peace and Conflict Studies Frameworks for Social Change

      Featured Speaker:

      Craig Zelizer, Founder, Peace and Collaborative Development Network; Washington, DC, UNITED STATES


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      Design thinking 3.0 - Applications & Lessons Learned in the Field

      Featured Speaker:

      Chioma Ume, OpenIdeo; San Francisco, UNITED STATES


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      Workshop: ‘Brandthinking’ for Changemakers

      Featured Speaker: Anne Miltenburg, Founder, The Brandling; Nairobi, KENYA


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      Futures of Social Innovation & Lean Data

      Featured Speaker: Sasha Dichter, Chief Social Innovation Officer, Acumen Fund; New York, UNITED STATES

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      Critical Considerations for the Future of Development

      Featured Speaker: Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter; San Jose, COSTA RICA

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      Conscious Leadership

      Featured Speaker: Pilar Rueda García Yakar, PCC Certified Professional Coactive Coach, Integral Associate Coach; SPAIN

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      Co-Creation in Action

      Featured Speaker: Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, MIT D-Lab, International Development and Design Summit, C-Innova; Bogotá, COLOMBIA and Cambridge, UNITED STATES

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      The Art of Storytelling & Media Literacy for Driving Impact

      Featured Speakers: Julien Leyre and Rosebell Kagumire, WEF Global Shaper; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA and Kampala, UGANDA

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      Workshop: Understanding Self in Leadership

      Featured Speaker: Grace Clapham, Co-founder, The Change School Singapore; SINGAPORE

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      Business Model Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

      Featured Speaker: Business Model Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line; Saskia Rotshuizen, BOP Inc; the NETHERLANDS

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      Navigating Impact and the Journey to Investment

      Featured Speaker: Nicholas Glicher, Director, TrustLaw service and Head of African Programmes at the Thomas Reuters Foundation; Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

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      Workshop: A Behavioural Approach to Inclusive Development

      Featured Speaker: Vanezza Zabert, Director for Academic Partnerships, Gawad Kalinga Europe; London School of Economics Behavioural Science Fellow, Social Impact and Behavioural Insights Programme Designer. London, ENGLAND and Manila, PHILIPPINES

    • d.thinking 2.0

      Featured Speakers:

      Sem Carree, Lecturer, Delft University of Technology, Delft, NETHERLANDS;

      Laura Talsma, Founder, The Users Advocate, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

      Global Trends in Social Innovation

      Featured Speaker:

      Ama van Dantzig, cofounder of Dr. Monk and council member of Earth Charter International; Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

      UX + Design Research

      Featured Speakers:

      Adam Selzer, Lecturer, Civilla / Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school), Palo Alto,California; UNITED STATES;

      Lena Wolfe, Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school)

      Systems Action Research

      Featured Speaker:

      Josefine Roos, Deputy Country Director at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects; Yangon, MYANMAR

      Sustainable Development & d. Thinking

      Featured Speaker:

      John Thackara, Author, 'Business Provocateur', Doors of Perception; FRANCE


      Peace & Conflict Analysis Frameworks

      Featured Speaker:

      Jenn Weidman, Deputy Director Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University; Bangkok, THAILAND

      Storytelling - Moving People to Act

      Featured Speaker:

      Robert Wolfe, Faculty, THNK School of Creative Leadership; Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

      21st Century Leadership

      Featured Speaker:

      Rajiv Ball, Partner, THNK School of Creative Leadership Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS; Faculty, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, UNITED STATES

      Business Innovation Mega-Trends | Workshop

      Featured Speaker:

      Menno Van Dijk, Co-Founder and Managing Director, THNK School of Creative Leadership; Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

      Innovation & Peer Coaching | WORKSHOP

      Featured Speaker:

      John Monks, Board Member, Action Aid UK, Cambridge, ENGLAND

      Designing a Creative Team

      Featured Speaker:

      Dr. Daniel Steinbock Lecturer, Stanford Program of Design; Palo Alto, California, UNITED STATES

      Positive Psychology

      Featured Speaker:

      Rens ter Weijde, Founder, Purpose +, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

      The Art of Visual Communication | Workshop

      Featured Speaker:

      Nathan Volkers, Founder, Jongens van de Tekeningen, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS


      Measuring Social Impact in the Field

      Featured Speakers:

      Yennie Lee, Impact Manager, IDEO.org, San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES

      Jacqui Watts, Learning Specialist, IDEO.org


      Seed Spot CEO: Top 10 Musts-Do’s

      Featured Entrepreneur:

      Courtney Klein, Founder, SEED SPOT, Phoenix, Arizona, UNITED STATES

      Artiphon CMO: 10 Lessons Learned

      Featured Entrepreneur:

      Jacob Hall Gordon, CMO, Artiphon, New York City, New York, UNITED STATES

      #SOCENT Fireside Chat Series

      Featured Entrepreneur:

      Mario Ferro Co-Founder and CEO, Wedu; Acumen Global Fellow, Bangkok, THAILAND; New York City, UNITED STATES

      #SOCENT Fireside Chat Series

      Featured Entrepreneur:

      Shana Dressler, Founder, Social Innovators Collective; Director, Google's 30 Weeks: An Incubator for Designers; New York City, UNITED STATES

      #SOCENT Fireside Chat Series

      Featured Entrepreneur:

      George McGraw, Founder, DIG DEEP; Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES

      Human-Centered Story Telling

      Featured Speaker:

      Samuel Diaz Fernandez Littauer, Founder, Studio DíLITT, Track X Creative Media Lab Co-Lead; Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

    • THE 2014 Speaker Series

      Impact through #SocEnt

      Featured Speaker: Mario Ferro Co-Founder and CEO, Wedu; Acumen Global Fellow, Bangkok, THAILAND; New York City, UNITED STATES

      d.thinking 101

      Featured Speaker: Ashish Goel, Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school), Palo Alto, California, USA

      Building High Impact Careers

      Featured Speaker: Roshan Paul, President, Amani Institute, Nairobi, KENYA

      Designing for Social Innovation

      Featured Speaker:Jacqui Watts, Community Manager, IDEO.ORG; San Francisco, California, USA

      Innovation in Impact Investing 101

       Featured Speaker: Ken Ito, Professor, Keio University; Japan Advisor, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Tokyo, JAPAN

      21st Century Leadership Skills

      Featured Speaker: Ken Colloton, SVP Innovation Center, Past-President World Alliance of YMCAs, Geneva, SWITZERLAND/New York, USA

      Leveraging Media for Changemaking

      Featured Speaker: Samuel Díaz Fernández Littauer, Communications & Advocacy Coordinator,  World YMCA, Bogota, COLOMBIA; Geneva, SWITZERLAND

      User Research Methods for Social Impact

      Featured Speakers: Adam Selzer, Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school), Palo Alto, California, USA; Lena Wolfe, Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school).

      Design Thinking as a path to Systems Change

      Featured Speaker: Darren Menachemson, Executive Director, THINK PLACE Foundation; Cranberra, AUSTRALIA

      Story Telling Mechanics

      Featured Speaker: Sarah-Marie Hopf, Design Fellow, 17 Triggers; Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

      Pathways of Personal Innovation

      Featured Speakers: Yi Zhang, Director, Stanford Social Innovation Program at VIA; San Francisco, California, USA; Bidisha Banerjee Program Director, Dalai Lama Fellows; San Francisco, California, USA

      Building a Culture of Creativity

      Featured Speaker: Dr. Daniel Steinbock Lecturer, Stanford Program of Design; Palo Alto, California, USA

      Inclusive Development in SE Asia

      Featured Speaker: Vanezza 'Zaza' Zabert, Europe Director, Gawad Kalinga;