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KaosPilots Logo.PNG
Motto The Best School For The World. Change The Game.
Established 1991
Type School of New Business Design & Social Innovation
Principal Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius
Administrative staff
Students +100
Location Århus, Denmark
Website http://www.kaospilots.dk

The KaosPilots is a 3 year-long alternative business school located in Filmbyen, close to the harbor of Aarhus, Denmark. In the summer of 2013 the Kaospilots school moved from their address in Mejlgade 35 to Filmbyen 2. This old location was where the school was founded in 1992 and had been the nesting facility of many soon-to-be pilots and projects.

The KaosPilots is in English and accepts 35-37 international students per year, with a minimum age of 21, and is funded by EU and students' school fees. The education was in Danish until August 2005 as the students were from countries with a Scandinavian language like Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Iceland.

The KaosPilot program teaches in the fields of leadership, new business design, process design and project design for challenges in business, society and organizations. The program focuses on personal development, value-based entrepreneurship, creativity and social innovation.

The KaosPilot school, was founded by Uffe Elbæk in 1991[1] and was nominated by Business Week in 2007 as a top Design School. The KaosPilot program has gone on to inspire schools in countries such as Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands.

Academic Focus[edit]

The KaosPilots curriculum is approved by EQUIS accredited Aarhus School of Business.

The school aims to attract and train social entrepreneurs and creative leaders.


The curriculum is divided into four disciplines: Creative Business Design, Creative Leadership Design, Creative Project Design and Creative Process Design. Each discipline is divided into 4 components. The components build upon all previous components, and not only the ones within the specific discipline. The components are structured around a client assignment or a personal- or a group project.

The program is delivered by a core staff and a vast pool of lecturers and partners.


The pedagogical platform is called opportunity-based-pedagogy (i.e. to see, understand, create and act upon opportunities) and is rooted in many different approaches such as reflection over action, appreciative inquiry, systems thinking, positive psychology action learning, coaching and mentoring.

Working Methods[edit]

School-work is very much based on group collaboration and the team uses various brainstorming techniques to develop ideas, mind mapping to document their work and energizing games to keep up the working spirit. Further more the school balance theory with action - meaning that what is taught in the classroom is being tested and practiced in "real life" in projects with external clients and partners.

There are no classes or subjects, but the school year is divided into several phases where students focus on one subject for a period of time.

The education takes 3 years and the same team goes through the whole education together.

1st year[edit]

–The ToolBox

The first year is focused on methods, theory and practical project work introducing the 3 core areas, Project design (project development and management), Business design (business development and management) and Process design (process management and leadership) to the new students.

2nd year[edit]

–Process management and International Project management

The second year at the KaosPilots is focused on process design and process management, including the design and facilitation of processes for external customers. In the spring-semester the team goes on a 3-months Outpost in a foreign country, implementing a project for an external customer in another environment.

3rd year[edit]

–Project & Business Design

The third year at the KaosPilots is focused on Business Design (entrepreneurship and building the business plan), individual world practicum and the individual project leading to the final exam.

The KP Values[edit]

The KaosPilots on an international scale operate according to the following six basic values:[1]

  • Playful
  • Real World
  • Streetwise
  • Risktaking
  • Balance
  • Compassion


The program has a collaborative approach and promotes peer-to-peer learning. Every year the school accepts around 35 students who together constitute a team. The students come mainly from Scandinavia but also from countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, China, The United States of America, Germany, South Africa, Iceland, Iraq and the Dominican Republic.


  1. ^ http://www.kaospilot.dk/

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