Learn skills that will help you be a change agent, a champion for purpose-led organisations and a better team player in interdisciplinary teams while working on social impact projects in the countryside.

Next Holis School events to be announced 2020 Q1.

What will you learn

Although we have different topics for each of our summer schools, they all focus on learning skills that will strengthen your ability to solve complex problems–– regardless of the field you come from. We believe that hard skills are important, but with the rapid evolution of technology, a focus on hard skills can potentially leave you vulnerable to change as these often have a shorter shelf life. Soft skills, on the other hand, enable you to adapt to change more easily.

communication,
story telling

complex problem
“solving”

critical
thinking

cross-cultural
teamwork

learning
strategies

interdisciplinary 
collaboration

resilience
skills

Do good

We strongly believe that we all are responsible for the health of our society and environment. Because of this, we teach the aforementioned skills through working on real-life social and environmental challenges. We always work with local partners who help us identify these challenges, generate and refine prototypes, and implement the final ideas.

Life can only be understood backwards

The first Holis focused on the future scenarios of an old felt factory in Hungary, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on the challenges of ageing and retirement in Ajka and Herend (HU), new functions for the Rákóczi-Bánffy ​castle in Gilău (RO), and the challenges of alienation, small-scale farming, public spaces, and well being in Sobole (PL).

Few alumni

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Designer
Sadaf Uddin
London, UK
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Media & Communication / Urban Studies
Monika Domanska
Gdynia, Poland
Product Designer
Fanni Csöbi
Düsseldorf, Germany
Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika Majewska
Kolding, Denmark
Integrated Design / Landscape Design
Shumin Luo
Cologne, Germany
Strategic Design
Sara Galan
Mexico City, Mexico
Business Administration
Merle Niester
Vienna, Austria
Business Relationship Manager
Iwona Kastunowicz
Warsaw, Poland
UX Design
Gábor Suhajda
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial, Product Design
Dan Pikalo
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Integrated Design / Communication Design
Sophia Nan Wu
Koeln, Germany
Industrial Designer
Simon Izidor Rozman
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Human Centred Design, Ergonomics
Robin Hancock
Bristol, UK
Service Management
Kitija Matisone
Copenhagen, Denmark
E-commerce entrepreneur
Aniko Brachmann
Budapest, Hungary
Product Designer
Michał Kociszewski
Łódź, Poland
Service Design
Marta Salas
Madrid, Spain
Product and Industrial Design
Tamara Olbrys
Warsaw, Poland
Service Design
Pieter Overgoor
Copenhagen, Denmark
Strategic Product Design
Gunjan Singh
The Hague, Netherlands
Project management, Service design
Alvaro Valls Boix
Elche, Spain
Art Director at Superblau GmbH
Daniela Haas
Köln, Germany
Co–Founder and Graphic Designer at Diaméter Collective
Daniel Kozma
Bregenz, Austria
Service Designer
Collyn Cooper
Köln, Germany
User Experience Researcher at GE Transportation Lab
Archana Mani Srinivasan
Atlanta, USA
Digital Storyteller Designer at Yello Strom GmbH
Miguel Lobato
Mexico City, Mexico
Product Designer from Goldsmiths University
Amira El Shawarby
Cairo, Egypt
Designer at ChemAxon
Gábor Lukács
Budapest, Hungary
Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings
Hitomi Tachikawa
Tokyo, Japan
UX/UI Designer at Comarch
Jeremiasz Rzenno
Cracow, Poland