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Becoming a changemaker

Introduction to Social Innovation Course

This is a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being offered by the Bertha Centre and RLabs in partnership with UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (UCT CILT)

The Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation MOOC is a free six-week course for anyone who wants to make a difference.

MOOCs are free online courses and have no entry requirements. Anyone with an internet connection can take part. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organisation that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.

You will be challenged to get out of your comfort zone and start engaging with the diverse spaces around you. By the end of the course, you will have formed your own approach to social innovation, and you will have begun to develop the concepts, mindset, skills, and relationships that will enable you to start, and evolve, as a changemaker.

‘We are excited about pioneering a new kind of MOOC that will reach deeper into communities. It will also advance access to quality education in order to catalyse social change.’

 - Dr. François Bonnici, Director of the Bertha Centre

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-created this course with RLabs, a social movement in Cape Town that is now active in 22 countries. RLabs empowers youth through innovative and disruptive technology by teaching them vital skills and providing much needed support and a sense of community. Advocating and supporting initiatives such as RLabs forms part of the Bertha Centre’s mandate.

Is this course for me?

If you've always wanted to create social impact in your community or your business but didn't know where to start, the skills, tools and methodologies will help you get going. If you are already involved in a social business and want to take it to the next level, you'll find a supportive community, examples and case studies to inspire you. This course is suitable for business students, business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and professionals in any sector seeking to bring about social change.

Course information

This free interactive six-week course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

  • Week: 1 What's our problem?
  • Week: 2 What do we have to work with?
  • Week: 3 Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Week: 4 Innovating by design
  • Week: 5 Changing the system - who me?
  • Week: 6 What if it works?

UCTMOOCsFor more information, please contact Louise Albertyn via email on

Course Convenors:
Dr. François Bonnici
Marlon Parker
Associate Professor Warren Nilsson 

The course will next run on these dates and enrolment opens two weeks below:

9 January - 22 February 2017
6 February - 27 March 2017 
6 March - 24 April 2017
3 April - 22 May 2017

Tuition fee:

Optional course certificates are available at USD29 and financial aid can be requested to cover this cost.