The free of charge program of DD Academy consists of four big courses, that take place throughout the year and which all participants go through.

Actual learning at DD Academy happens through doing. The most important part of the program are 8 challenges. Challenges are activities that pull you out of your comfort zone, test you and give you practical experiences. Everything else in our program is meant for preparing you for these challenges and analyse your progress along the way.

8 CHALLENGES

GIVE A SPEECH

You give a public speech in front of strangers.

MAP YOUR STRENGTS

With the help of the Gallup StrengthsFinder you'll learn about your talents and how to develop them.

CREATE A HABIT

You'll go through a 30-day challenge to create a new habit.

ORGANIZE AN EVENT

Together with a team you'll plan and organize a public event.

MEET SOMEONE UNFAMILIAR

You'll go outside your comfort zone and meet a new subculture.

COMPETE AT DEBATING

You and your team will take part of our debating tournament.

ADVISE AN ORGANIZATION

Using the design thinking process you'll research an organization and advise it.

MODEL THE SOCIETY

You'll map the political institutions of a country and create proposals for development.

Our program runs from October to May, every other weekend - alltogether 12 weekends of sessions (2018/19 the weekends are: 19.-21.10; 27.-28.10; 10.-11.11; 24.-25.11; 8.-9.12; 16.-17.02; 2.-3.03; 16.-17.03; 30.-31.03; 13.-14.04; 27.-28.04; 11.-12.05). Before the weekends there are preparatory activities in our digital learning environment in the form ofvideos, texts and tasks.

Each of our 4 courses in turn consist of several smaller parts or what we call modules. Here you can find a short introduction to each of them. Most of the modules 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.

TEAMWORK

We work in different teams throughout the year and learn methods for creating synergy in the team.

LEADERSHIP

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

NETWORKING

We learn how to map, design/shape and develop our network in accordance with our goals.

DESIGN THINKING

Our teams work with different organizations throughout the year and study and solve the problems they are facing, using IDEO's methods.

STRATEGIC THINKING

We learn different approaches to strategy and impact and how to apply them.

COMMUNICATION

Together we figure out the most common communication issues and solution for them.

EXPRESSING OPINIONS

We map our own ideas in order to express them better in speech and in writing.

SELF DEVELOPMENT
SELF REFLECTION

We learn methods for analyzing ourselves and use these insights.

TIME MANAGEMENT

We learn to use practical tools to manage our time and energy more sufficiently.

STRENGTHS

We use the Gallup StrenghtsFinder test to discover our talents and how to turn them into strengths.

GOAL SETTING

We learn how to effectively set goals and motivate ourselves to fulfill/complete them.

MINDFULNESS

We get acquainted with techniques that help us stay in the moment, concentrate better and make conscious and informed decisions.

LEARNING SKILLS

We figure out how we learn and how to do it even more effectively.

HABIT CREATION

We learn the basics of habit creation and practice them.

SELF MOTIVATION

We analyze our motivators and learn to use them for achieving our goals.

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.

SYSTEMS THINKING

We learn to see, analyse, model and change the systems that our civilization is made of.

THINKING TOOLS

We get to know and learn how to use different thinking techniques and discover how to avoid the biggest thinking mistakes.

MEETING THE UNKNOWN

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

OPEN SOCIETY
OPEN SOCIETY

Together work through Karl Popper’s concept of The Open Society and understand how to protect it.

THEORIES OF SOCIETY

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

POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS

We learn about the way countries and governments are created and changed.

TRIBAL PSYCHOLOGY

We learn about humankind's prehistory and the effects of it on our psychology.