• DSIL Virtual Classrooms

    A globally accessible and interactive online learning experience.


    The DSIL Virtual Classroom is composed of 15 live, interactive, live, one-hour online 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 highlight DSIL curriculum.

  • About the 2017 Virtual Classroom

    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. Finally, speakers make their slides decks and emails available to continue to the dialogue. Watch one of our open classrooms with Sasha Dichter from Acumen here.


    Once you are apart of DSIL, always apart of us. Join us for years to come on future classrooms for free.

    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

    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

    SESSION 3 | Workshop: Innovation and the Five Lenses

    Featured Speaker: Joher Khan

    SY Partners

    San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

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

    Featured Speakers: Shehzil Malik

    Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

    Lahore, PAKISTAN

    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

    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

    SESSION 7 | Working with Paradox and Complexity

    October 19, 8am Bangkok (ITC)


    Watch the Recording (Password Required)



    Featured Speaker: Kristine Sloan

    Starting Bloc

    Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES

    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


    SESSION 9 | Transforming Business, Society, and Self

    Featured Speaker: Adam Yukelson

    Presencing Institute, U.Lab

    Cambridge, MA, UNITED STATES

    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

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

    Featured Speaker: Keith McCandless

    Social Invention Group & Liberating Structures

    Seattle, Washington, UNITED STATES

    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

    SESSION 13 | Being Bold with Authentic Leadership

    Featured Speakers: Doy Charnsupharindr 

    Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute
    Berkeley, California, UNITED STATES

    SESSION 14 | The Surprising Effects of Design Thinking

    Featured Speaker: Katy Grennier

    DSIL Global

    Bangkok, THAILAND

    SESSION 15 | Community Wrap Up and Final Pitch

    Featured Speakers: DSIL Course Participants

    VC Moderator

    Courtney Lawrence, DSIL Global Partner

    Bangkok, THAILAND

  • For Registered Participants

    Session Recordings and Reflection Form

    Click for Video Sessions Here.

    Click for Reflection Forms Here.

  • Design Thinking in Action.

    September 1 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

    Featured Speakers:

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

    Peace and Conflict Studies Frameworks for Social Change

    September 8 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

    Featured Speaker:

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


    Design thinking 3.0 - Applications & Lessons Learned in the Field

    September 13 | 10PM ICT (Bangkok)

    Featured Speaker:

    Chioma Ume, OpenIdeo; San Francisco, UNITED STATES


    Workshop: ‘Brandthinking’ for Changemakers

    September 29 | 10PM ICT (Bangkok)

    See example of Get Ready for the Session Here!

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


    Futures of Social Innovation & Lean Data

    October 11 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

    See an example of Get Ready for the Session Here

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

    Critical Considerations for the Future of Development

    October 13 | 9PM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Conscious Leadership

    October 27 | 2pm ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Co-Creation in Action

    November 3 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    The Art of Storytelling & Media Literacy for Driving Impact

    November 10 | 12PM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Workshop: Understanding Self in Leadership

    November 22 | 10AM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Business Model Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

    December 1 | 1PM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Navigating Impact and the Journey to Investment

    December 8 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

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

    Workshop: A Behavioural Approach to Inclusive Development

    December 12 | 8PM ICT (Bangkok)

    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;