DD Academy consists of four big courses that take place throughout the year. Each course in turn consist of several smaller parts or what we call blocks. Here you can find a short introduction to every block. Most of the blocks are practical in essence - we don’t have lectures - instead, we have workshops, simulations, skill practicing and trying things out in the real world. Facilitators Kristina Mänd and Toomas Roolaid have also contributed to our training methods and to the training of our team. Our sessions are carried out by our alumni.

CHANGING THE WORLD
PUBLIC SPEAKING

We practice different parts of public speaking and how to prepare for a speech. We also use video training.

ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICE
Our teams work with different organizations throughout the year and study and solve the problems they are facing.
LEADERSHIP

We learn the basics of team leadership and practice leading throughout the year.

COMMUNICATION & NETWORKING

Together we figure out the most common communication issues and solution for them. We learn how to map, design/shape and develop our network in accordance with our goals.

SELF DEVELOPMENT
SELF MANAGEMENT

We learn how to effectively set goals and motivate ourselves to fulfill/complete them. We learn to use practical tools to manage our time and energy more sufficiently. We figure out how we learn and how to do it even more effectively.

STRENGTHS

We use the Gallup StrenghtsFinder test to discover our talents and how to turn them into strengths. We discover and learn new methods that help us understand ourselves and to steer our self growth.

MENTAL WELL-BEING

We get acquainted with techniques that help us stay in the moment, concentrate better and make conscious and informed decisions. Also, to manage stress and mental fatigue.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
DEBATING & DISCUSSION

We use the debating method to learn how to make good arguments and getter better at noticing different aspects of complicated social problems. We find ways to have more meaningful discussions.

MODELING

We learn to see, analyse, model and change the systems that our civilization is made of. We get to know and learn how to use different thinking techniques and discover how to avoid the biggest thinking mistakes.

BEING INFORMED

We learn to find trustworthy sources of information and shaping our own information feeds.

OPEN SOCIETY
DEFENDING OPEN SOCIETY

Together we read and work through Karl Popper’s book “The Open Society and Its Enemies” and understand how to protect the openness of the society.

UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIETY

We learn about different theories about the society and learn to implement them in our thinking.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

We discuss the necessity of difficult conversations, get acquainted with new techniques and try them out in real life situations.