DSIL 101 & Designing for Success

DSIL VC Session 1 | MONDAY | 15 August @ 9am Bangkok

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Featured Speakers: Courtney Lawrence, Hermes Huang, Katy Grennier of the DSIL Team and Mohit Mukherjee, CEE Founder

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Session Overview

In this session the DSIL Team will introduce participants to the 'Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership' course- including the field immersion and the 'Virtual Classroom' - a key online learning component. Additionally, Mohit Mukherjee, will share some of the critical insights and best practices for personal and professional development. Setting intentions, generating a self-management system and space for reflection will be covered in this practical introductory session.


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  • 'Why Did You Start the CEE'; Mohit Mukherjee (below)
Video blog with Mohit Mukherjee - why did you start the Centre for Executive Education?
Diploma in Social Innovation - UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

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Speaker Profiles

Courtney Lawrence, DSIL Course Founder; SEA-Based University Lecturer and Researcher

Courtney Lawrence is a SE Asia based university lecturer and the founding director and curriculum curator of DSIL; simultaneously she is also developing the DSIL Global Scaling Plan at the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. Her academic research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and design thinking. Previous experience includes launching and scaling the Japan based and foundation funded ‘Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar'; a program that included fieldwork with students from more than 40 countries to India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise in 2011, she worked with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area and has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies and has lived, worked and traveled across more than 50 countries.

Hermes Huang, DSIL Field Immersion Co-Lead and Bangkok Program Consultant

Hermes Huang is a Southeast Asia based researcher and consultant. He is currently working on a project exploring the intersections of hackerspaces, open source hardware, and design in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines as part of the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network. He is also collaborating with a local social enterprise in Bangkok to design and develop Thailand's first open peer to peer organic certification system. Previously, Hermes was a Princeton in Asia fellow teaching in Northeast Thailand and working in environmental conservation in Nepal. Hermes is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in International Development Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the University of California, Davis. Bringing perspectives in critical making and design, technology, food and agriculture, and community development, Hermes is excited to be continuing on with the DSIL Team for 2015.

Katy Grennier, DSIL Education Experience Designer and Community Facilitator

Katy Grennier has spent the last ten years internationally and domestically building and expanding youth and adult education programs in efforts to push the global community to demand more meaningful learning experiences. Some of these efforts include being on the team of a 4 million dollar capital campaign to build (with the youth) an after-school and summer program for homeless youth in Little Rock, AR at Our House Homeless Shelter as well as creating a progressive charter school that uses the city as the place where inner city kids go out everyday of the week to discover the world around them. Katy insists on putting relationships, authentic connection, and relevance to curriculum first. As a masters graduate at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, she is now continuing her career in South East Asia on the DSIL team for the second year. See more at katygrennier.com

Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Mohit Mukherjee is the Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education as well as a faculty member at UPEACE. Prior to this position, he served for four years as Education Programme Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. He also spent three years in the private sector, at A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm based in USA, and three years as an educator in Ecuador. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, also taking two courses at Harvard Business School on how to start up, manage, and grow social enterprises. Mohit’s two young daughters remind him daily of the creative potential that we all have.

About the UN Mandated University for Peace, Centre for Executive Education (CEE)

The United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), based in El Rodeo, Costa Rica, was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations to provide an educational framework for the ensuring a secure and equitable world for humanity and future generations. The UPEACE Centre for Executive Education was founded in 2007 to leverage UPEACE’s growing experience and expertise in providing customized short courses for external audiences.

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