Disruptive Technologies for Sustainable Development


With Sara MoracaWalid Al SaqqfValentino Megale, Ralph Chami, Edomondo Grassi and Cesare Varallo

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Leverage technologies to make sustainability a driver of business growth

In an era when the SDGs (sustainable development goals) are mandatory targets for the survival of the planet, this course will teach you how disruptive technologies can make sustainability a growth driver for public and private organisations

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Course Syllabus

New lessons will be added periodically




Millenium Development Goals

From MDGs to SDGs

Role of Technology in Sustainable Development

Essential technologies for development

Disruptive technology for sustainable development: what a role?

A short introduction starting from a human development perspective

Technology Innovation Process

The Impact Canvas

An overview

An example: Unilever’s Value Chain

The Sustainable Business Model Canvas: Strategy

The Sustainable Business Model Canvas: the company

The customer


Case history: Rebalance Earth – how the blockchain could help nature

Case histories: Rebalance Earth- a new economic paradigm

Building Strategies

Blockchain again the food waste

Artificial intelligence and sustainability: an overview

Artificial intelligence and sustainability: Case history

Virtual reality and sustainability: an overview

Virtual reality and sustainability: case history

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Disruptive Technologies for Sustainable Development

With Sara MoracaWalid Al SaqqfValentino Meegalo, Ralph Chami, Edomondo Grassi and Cesare Varallo



What People Say About our Space Courses

Ester Rachele Mussari
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I am a phd in architecture with a strong interest in space design and this course maybe will be the starting point for a focus research! everything was so clear and direct. I also enjoyed the bibliography, although I would have preferred a pdf from which to copy references. Thank you!
Pierpaolo D'Amici
So inspiring!
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I still have some classes to follow, but after reaching "Planetary outpost elements configuration" it is already the time to give 5 stars. I appreciate so much the multidisciplinary perspective of Barbara Imhof and René Waclavicek, where the operational aspects are perfectly harmonized with the humanistic ones.
Younousse Tamekloe
Outstanding course for everyone interested in futuristic space architecture and design
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This is an outstanding course for everyone interested in futuristic space architecture and design. The instructors are very knowledgeable and address the key topics clearly and in sufficient amount of detail. The course materials (both videos and suggested readings) provide a solid base for understanding space architecture and design. I highly recommend this course to people who are fascinated with discovering the space and the possibilities of living on other planets. Additional thanks to Mars City for making the course more affordable.
Mirha Vlahovljak
Great opportunity
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If you are just starting or if you just want to widen your horizons in the field of Space Architecture this course is just right for you. You are taught by professionals, experts such as Space architects Dr.techn. Barbara Imhof and René Waclavicek. After you finish the course you will want to learn more and more about every segment of Space Architecture and its design.
Wilca Oconer
Short but very jam-packed with information
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I love the way the course and as laid out. Very comprehensive and informative without drowning the student in jargon. The instructors are lovely and presented the course material nicely.
Alessandro Sepe
An in-depth and accurate introduction
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The course works as an in-depth and accurate introduction to the wider matter that is Space Architecture and studies. It is clearly exposed and the two teachers are directly involved in innovative and groundbreaking projects. I have appreciated the exposition of the latest and most advanced designs and technologies. Recommended also for professional architects who want to broaden their horizons to infinity....and beyond!
Refaad Sha
Very insightful
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Presented by Barbara Imhof and Rene Waclavicek, the course was highly engaging and their goals were very clear. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in space architecture.
Elisa Micheli
Really interesting
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The classes are well structured, incisive and quick and explain the concepts in a smart and clear way. PDFs are very useful. Contents really interesting.
Rafia Hassan
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wonderful contents , truly revived my interest in space and astronomy once again .
Gustavo Vilches
A solid introduction
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With a topic of such depth and potential branching, the lectures manage to compile a solid and clear map of the current state and future development of the field. The first-hand knowledge of the lecturers comes clear in every presentation and the result is always enticing and instructive. The overall experience is great and you really want to come back for more. The only thing that can use some improvement is the delivery of the presentations (Graphics, video & speech, transitions) to avoid distractions from the fantastic content. Thank you for a stimulating experience. Hope to see you again soon!
Mariia Smirnova
Mariia Smirnova
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I would like to thank the School of Disruption for organizing the course, inviting to Q&A live session, and the most crusial - for choosing to focus on such emerging discipline as Space Architecture and Design. Special thanks to Barbara Imhof and René Waclavicek for sharing unique experience and providing an insightful content; to Paola , and Igor Ciminelli - for keeping in touch and keeping the students updated.

About the instructors

Sara Moraca

A biologist and science communicator, Sara works on environmental issues and technologies for sustainable development, collaborating with publications such as Wired and National Geographic, Oggi Scienza, La Stampa, and numerous companies in Europe and worldwide.

Walid Al Saqqf

Walid Al Saqqaf is the founder of Insureblocks the leading blockchain educational podcast and boutique consultancy firm that supports companies and industry metamorphose into digital natives. Walid started off in the corporate world at Barclays Corporate Banking in 1998. As a serial entrepreneur he has co-founded 5 start-ups of which one had a successful acquisition. His last corporate experience was as in-house entrepreneur and head of blockchain at the Lloyd’s specialist insurer, Beazley.

Valentino Megale

Digital health entrepreneur developing innovative solutions for wellbeing. Biologist, Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology with academic research experience in pharmacology, antitumoral drug development, molecular diagnostics, and biotech. Valentino is co-founder of Open BioMedical Initiative, and Softcare Studios, a digital health startup focused on improving patients’ therapy experience and optimizing hospital operations developing VR content and innovative tracking methods. Actively involved in education,  and advisory initiatives to support smart and evidence-based applications of digital technologies to improve healthcare, social impact, and sustainability.

Ralph Chami

Ralph Chami is currently Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), International Monetary Fund, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the internal economics training program for all IMF economists as well as the revamping of the Institute’s external training program for officials from member countries. Most recently, he was Assistant Director and Division Chief in the Middle East and Central Asia Department. He is the recipient of the 2014 IMF Operational Excellence Award for his work on Libya. Previously, he was the Chief of the Regional Studies Division, where he oversaw regional surveillance of 32 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia regions, and the production of the Regional Economic Outlook. Prior to that, he was the Chief of the Middle Eastern Division of the IMF Institute. 

Edomondo Grassi

Edmondo Grassi is a Postdoc Fellow in General Sociology and teaches Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes, General and Health Sociology, Welfare and Social Policies and Sociology of Politics at the Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of Quality of Life of the San Raffaele Telematic University. He deals with ethical changes produced by the use of technologies, their contemporary social applications and their imaginative projections, communication, postmodern identity, gender, posthumanism and the thought of complexity.

Cesare Varallo

Lawyer Cesare Varallo specialises in food law, food labelling and food regulatory law at international level. In 2013, he founded foodlawlatest.com and his own independent consultancy business for operators in the sector.
He is involved in numerous scientific activities related to food law and training at public, private and EU and international organisations. He regularly publishes in numerous Italian and foreign trade journals and since 2014 he has been EU Vice President of Inscatech, a US company pioneering the fight against food fraud and providing intelligence and forensic investigations to companies in the sector.

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Does the course require live participation?

No, the course is entirely on-demand and consists of video-recorded lessons that can be accessed from any device and at any time from the students’ personal dashboard. However, online meetings are organized throughout the year (for members only) for Q&A sessions with speakers and experts in the field.

Who are the instructors?

The speakers of the Disruptive Techonologies for Sustainable Development course are internationally renowned researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals and managers who have made sustainability their life’s mission. Their commitment has led them to become players in sustainable development with a strong vision for the future and a practical approach to achieving concrete goals.

Why should I take this course?

In a post-pandemic ecosystem, building resilient and sustainable societies will be critical for the stability of our economies. There is a need to develop new business models where social and environmental impacts are taken into account throughout the value chain. Emerging technologies and innovations including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and virtual reality have given access to the unexpressed value of the resources we already possess and unlocked new opportunities.

Does access to the courses have an expiry day?

No, the course has lifetime access.

Does the School issue certifications?

Of course, once you have finished the course, you can download the School of Disruption certification, recognized by the Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation. The certificate can be attached to your CV or registered on LinkedIn.

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Feel free to write to support@disruption.school to request any information about our School and courses.

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The Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation (SIDI) is one of the points of reference in the scientific investigation scenario. 

SIDI identifies and analyzes emerging trends and technologies that can disrupt existing processes and produce a significant change in social and economic systems. SIDI’s s mission is to help companies and institutions to face upcoming challenges, providing know-how and a revolutionary set of new skills.

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