Please Note: As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 course dates and planned formats may change at short notice.
In the context of an unprecedented global pandemic, Systems Change has become increasingly topical. Rather than assume to fix a problem in isolation, Systems Change is the collection of frameworks, tools, and theories that are applied to transform the system that creates it.
As the pandemic surfaces brutal societal inequalities, governments, economic sectors, health systems, and communities are struggling to balance the pursuit of meeting urgent needs while ushering in sustained change into the future. Systems Change and Social Impact is a specialised online short course, convened by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB, designed to give public officials, leaders of social enterprises, founders and funders exposure to the most recent developments in how to bring about sustained positive change.
This interactive course equips participants with the tools and frameworks to navigate complexity and strengthen their capacity for transformative leadership and collaboration. It promotes local and global networking amongst change-makers and provides a unique community of practice that will serve participants far beyond the duration of the course.
1 March – 3 May 2021
15 February 2021
Systems Change is the deliberate attempt to address social and ecological problems at the level of the system that causes them. Rather than assume to fix a problem in isolation, Systems Change acts to transform the system that creates it.
The Bertha Centre, a specialised unit at the UCT GSB, convenes this course as part of its efforts to advance the social innovation and entrepreneurship sectors in Africa and globally. The Systems Change and Social Impact course draws upon the Centre's collaboration and research with the Rockefeller Foundation, Schwab Foundation, Motsepe Foundation and Transforming Change programme. Lecture-based and workshop-style sessions are delivered by a diverse representation of ground-breaking systems practitioners and academics. And, as such, the curriculum is a unique blend of global systems-innovation cases and frameworks.
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“This Executive Education course at the UCT Graduate School of Business is for leaders of social enterprises - non-profits or for profits. They come together and learn about the ultimate question: How to scale the impact of their organisations beyond the boundaries of their operations, shifting systems and solving social problems.”
- Francois Bonicci, Founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
“Systems Thinking enables us to navigate the complexities of poverty, climate change, gender-based violence, to name a few. By getting all these changemakers in a room together; funders, social entrepreneurs, policymakers - the idea to is capacitate them with a common language and resource set that better positions them to think and work collaboratively across sectors and therefore initiate positive systems.”
- Ncedisa Nkonyeni, Course Convenor of the Systems Change and Social Impact course
You will benefit highly from this course if you are:
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This interactive eight-week course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice as well as off-line and on-line learning.
Participants will have the opportunity to listen to pre-recorded lecture sessions on the core topics when it is most convenient to them and then during designated class times, they will then virtually engage with the speakers from those videos in large and small group discussions. Additionally, there will be a set of “deep dive” sessions around specific cases or niche areas of interest that participants will have an opportunity to choose. Participants will watch the short videos prepared by practitioners for these sessions, which are designed to drill down and apply concepts to their real-world experience.Core Topics Include:
Deep Dive Sessions include: Building strategies within organisations; creative advocacy strategies; unusual partnerships/collaborations; inscaping and social innovation; and inner work.
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15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)
10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)
10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses
As the Social Systems Innovation Lead, Ncedisa convenes the Bertha Centre’s Systems Change and Social Impact Executive Education course. She also curates the Africa regional hub of the global Systems Play team - a support and resource node for change-agents aspiring to position their innovations at systems’ tipping points. She teaches Systems Change on the Graduate School of Business’s(GSB) MBA and MPhil programmes, and partners locally and globally with leading academics and practitioners to facilitate systems innovation capacity-building, case generation and exchange all over the world. Currently reading for a Masters in Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation at the GSB, her research is around the relationship between collective embedded agency and institutional change.VIEW FACULTY
The Systems Change and Social Impact course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.