Pragmatic philosophical tools to transform your life, organization, or business.

The Socratic Design Academy

The Socratic Design Academy is an on and offline community, based in Alt Emporda, Spain. It applies pragmatic philosophical tools to transform persons, organizations, governance, and businesses.

Our thinking produces a lot of problems in our internal and external world. The Socratic Design Academy uses philosophical tools to eliminate destructive or counterproductive assumptions. Free from these blockades, using collective intelligence, we create hands-on narratives and meaningful practices based on purpose and values.


Our systems of economy, governance, education, and culture are all in a state of crisis. The technological and ecological disruptions are paramount; it affects our assumptions in the way we think, act, and feel, in the way we design cities, factories, schools, and houses. A lot of these are obsolete. We need another way of thinking! With Socratic Design, we create from scratch new assumptions for new good human perspectives. 


Socratic design solves the paradox that the thinking we use to eliminate problems is often the cause of these problems.The liberating effect of the disciplined Socratic Design method transforms any group of rational individuals into a collective intelligent body. They overcome ego focus, addictive thoughts, stubborn assumptions, and chronic disagreement. It creates maximum space for imaginative thinking.

Philosophy contains all possible assumptions about men and reality, so we use this richness in our analysis. The group jumps to the next level of intelligence: it can look from a distance to its actual reality and assumptions.


There is a twofold outcome: we make any group or individual capable of philosophizing and reflecting. The transformation is the first result of the Socratic design process. The reflective intelligence – free from addictive assumptions- generates new purposes in your life, your work, your company, NGO, businesses, and government. The result is a reinvention of yourself, the new strategy of the company, or a completely new culture that fits the new purposes and values.

A Learning community!

We are a group of Socratic Designers with different expertise, skilled by Humberto Schwab in the Socratic Design & Socratic Dialogue method. Our team shares the goal to free people and organizations from the burden of obsolete thoughts, habits, and assumptions. We help individuals and organizations to transform towards value-driven, purpose-oriented, agile agents, capable of facing the unknown future.

Humberto Schwab

Founder Socratic Design

Miguel Harbers

Co-founder Socratic Design Academy

Jan Bruch

Ambassador of Socratic Design

Cemal Akar

Board Member at Tempo Iletisim A.S.

Katrin Redmann

Innovation Lead & NextGen Innovation Hub SAP University Alliances

Canay Atalay

Keynote Speaker – Conscious Business Designer – Cultural Innovation Strategist for a “Children First World”

Irene Droogleever Fortuyn

artist, researcher, lecturer

Jelmer Evers

Teacher Leadership Fellow at Education International

Ilja Klink

Strategic thinker, analyst, and innovator in education

Emilie Randoe

Chair – Change management advisor

Hadassah de Boer

Independent Broadcast Media Professional

Marleen stikker

Founder Waag

Mark Blaisse

Writer, journalist, foreign editor at Argus, Fronterra Foundation

Edwin Deen

Artist, teacher, taï ji chuan

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