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Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation

University of Cape Town via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organization 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.

We will debunk common assumptions around what resources are needed to begin acting as a social innovator. We will learn from the numerous examples of social innovations happening all over the world. 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.

You will be able to purchase a Verified Certificate if you wish to show evidence of your achievements, but this is optional, and you may apply for Financial Aid if you are unable to pay the certificate fee.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-created this course with RLabs, a social movement ‘born-and-bred’ in Bridgetown, Cape Town that is now active in 22 countries. The movement 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. The Centre is a specialised unit at University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship.

You can view the course trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcWYG64WO20
Tweet about this course using the hashtag #socinnMOOC

Taught by

François Bonnici and Warren Nilsson

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was an outstanding course - particularly as I live in Cape Town and was able to apply the ideas and create examples based on the community they were often discussing (RLabs) and its impact on the Cape Town community and even further afield. I found myself considering ideas and thinking about social innovative ideas from a completely new and refreshing perspective.

I recommend this course for anyone who feels passionatiely about change in their environment and how to initiate it.

Thank you to the UCT (University of Cape Town) team and I hope that they produce more courses such as this - as it was of an incredibly high standard. Carolynn B @carbru
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I highly recommend this most inspirational course. The content, case studies and structure of the course was of excellent expert quality in every way. The course has altered my opinion of Social Innovation, once looked upon as untouchable, and meant for only those few professionals in the field.this has changed as it's become a tangible possibility for us all given the right innovation with the correct intention and execution. Taking this course has deepened my awareness of my environment and my community, where I fee I have the confidence to identify an issue and by applying the course content and tools which I have learnt, be on my way to becoming a change maker...even if it changes the life of one...

Sadia Deane
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have just finished the course and am feeling sad that it has ended. The video lectures were interesting, challenging and relevant. The story of RLabs encouraged innovation - and was realistic in covering some of the way things didn't work - but that is OK - failure can be expected but it is not the end of the story - just part of the learning curve.

A valuable learning experience not just learning about social innovation but in experiencing an on-line education programme at its very best.

Well done the team who put it together - thank you !
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous audited this course.
I have just finished the course and cannot express enough how energizing and motivating it was to be taken on a journey of out the box thinking and new vision towards social problems with examples of down to earth achievable solutions.

I have told everyone I know to enroll and grow from this well put together and dynamically delivered journey. It was also great to connect with likeminded others from all over the world. Thank you to the whole team.
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Amy B
5.0 a year ago
by Amy completed this course.
This is a fantastic free course. I was able to open up my mind and learn different ways of thinking about social innovation, I especially liked being able to read everyone's assignments, it was interesting to see what people from all of the world were passionate about and what their different ideas, perspectives and motivations were. I am now able to start my own journey with confidence.
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Roxanne D
5.0 2 years ago
by Roxanne completed this course.
Becoming a changemaker Social Innovation was lots of fun, required diligence as there was a broad range of materials to read and video lessons and I was introduced to topics in building a social innovation, answers to a wicked problem, system questions, design thinking and the spectrum of businesses from NGO/NPO to for-profit businesses.

Definitely recommend this course!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. Clear, helpful and I have walked away so inspired. We have a small NGO and this has helped us with excellent tools to begin to think out the box and really bring some social innovation ideas to life. The assignments are practical and you finish with something tangible you can continue to work on and follow through with.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
For anyone who is concerned about social problems and wants to make a difference, this course will give you a foundation and spark your thinking. I wish everyone could be exposed to this thinking because I know we can solve these problems, however wicked they may be...
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The Course is very informative and it really helps us have an expanded view of things or topics. For me, in week 4's assignment- making prototype, it would be more helpful to us- especially the "beginners" if the mentors or teachers in this course will give their personal feedback.

Thanks!
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Paul D
5.0 2 years ago
Paul completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Well presented, good material and the case study of RLabs was very inspiring. Overall, I think the course delivered on its promise - "does what it says on the tin"!
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Sílvia I
5.0 2 months ago
by Sílvia completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is the extraordinary course, for it opens doors to hope.

It provides a whole new spectrum of possibilities in action on social issues.
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Lefki A
5.0 a month ago
by Lefki completed this course.
Excellent! Inspiring, Practical, Interactive, gave me numerous insights and ideas to approach my solution. Real case studies were very carefully selected and assignments right to the point of the theory explained. Really enjoyed it! Lefki Avdi
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wahoo! Great course, inspired and empowered. It is well delivered. I feel I MUST go and make a difference.

The course is well worth the time and is also the perfect length.

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Trevor M
4.0 12 months ago
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