About Archipelago

What is the archipelago

We are a non-profit organisation supporting the leading independent network of purpose driven security practitioners, educators and researchers empowering leaders to shift mindsets for the sustainable evolution of national security organizations across NATO members & partners.

Hence the

to capture both the uniqueness and affinities between individuals and organisations contributing to empower leaders in shifting mindsets by design, systems thinking and strategic foresight.


Perpetual Collaborator


Audacious cultures of innovation by design, systems thinking and strategic foresight for the sustainable evolution of national security organisations across NATO members & partners.





Developing a global community, a team and capabilities to empower leaders in shifting mindsets to better address complex situations, set conditions for evolution and seize opportunities across NATO members and partners.

Our fundamental


    1. Non-profit education
    2. Continuous learning and transformation
    3. Openness to dialogue and collaboration across a wide diversity of cultures
    4. The inter-cooperation of various security and civil organisations
    5. The intersectionality between the academic world and the world of security organisations
    6. Research excellence and conflict resolution

Reflexive practices

Reflexive security practitioners continuously bring to awareness both their biases in making sense of reality and how their decisions and actions take part in systems of systems leading to unintended consequences.

Who are the members?


A philosophy that a leader and the team can mobilize to create something new that is needed but does not yet exist, with the potential of changing the status quo into a preferred one from a specific normative perspective.



A Board Member is an individual elected by AOD members and serving a three years term. They may be any defence & security practitioner across NATO members and partners; a researcher, instructor or faculty member of a recognized educational or research institution with at least 3 years of experience related to design and innovation; and recognized as global, local, or emerging leaders in the network willing to dedicate significant time and efforts for further developing the AOD community in part by leading, organizing and contributing to activities such as committees, the annual convention and other events.


Board member elected to represent the AOD community and organisation in a specific region to facilitate network development, event coordination and research & support activities.


Explorer, Designer and Game-Changer members join AOD by subscribing on the ko-fi platform. They may be any  security practitioner across NATO members and partners; a researcher, instructor or faculty member of a recognized educational or research institution; any qualified individual wishing to undertake research and development work on the themes, projects and programs carried out by the Board and/or by the AOD team; any individual receiving mentorship or one of its members; any individual wishing to contribute to committees, collective projects and other activities run by the Board and/or the AOD team.


An Honorary Member may be any organization or individual who made a significant contribution to the global independent network on design and innovation in defence and security across NATO members and partners, initial “Design Cabal” members and members making a significant financial contribution or other kind of contributions.

How to Become a Member

Visit the membership webpage for more details on tiers and eligibility.

Subscribe on the ko-fi platform.

About our Funders

This project was funded by a Canadian Department of National Defence’s MINDS Collaborative Network Grant 2020-2023 supporting the Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges Network https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/programs/minds/funding-results.html

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 800560.