Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation

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About this course: 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 di…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: 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

Who is this class for: This class is for you! 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.

Created by:  University of Cape Town
  • Taught by:  François Bonnici, Director

    Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
  • Taught by:  Warren Nilsson, Associate Professor

    Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
  • Taught by:  Marlon Parker, Founder

    RLabs
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University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


What's our problem?



Welcome to Becoming a changemaker! This week, we distinguish between simple, complicated and complex problems. Social innovation takes place in complex systems and complex systems have complex or “wicked” problems, like the kinds of problems the world is trying to tackle right now such as climate change, HIV Aids and other pandemics, poverty and inequality. A complex system has many variables or elements such as different sorts of people, material and rules and those elements of the system are interacting with each other so much that the complexity increases exponentially. So the work of complexity is about bringing yourself into the system, engaging with it, living with it and innovating in yourself as you innovate in that system that you’re working in. You can’t look at the whole system but you can look at more than one piece of it. The more you start to bring in different parts of the systems, you can then start to connect those in ways that they weren’t connected before.


10 videos, 5 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation
  2. Video: About this course
  3. Reading: Meet your instructors
  4. Reading: How this course works
  5. Reading: What to expect in week 1
  6. Video: RLabs: Journey of Hope Part 1
  7. Reading: RLabs: Empowering Unlikely Innovators
  8. Video: What is Social Innovation?
  9. Discussion Prompt: What does Social Innovation mean to you?
  10. Video: Simple, complicated and complex
  11. Video: Wicked problems
  12. Video: The 5 Whys
  13. Video: Case study: Mothers2mothers
  14. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: problems
  15. Reading: Week 1 recommended readings
  16. Practice Quiz: Week 1: Test your knowledge
  17. Video: Week 1 Peer Assignment guidance
  18. Discussion Prompt: Your questions on complexity

Graded: What's your problem?

WEEK 2


What do we have to work with?



One of the hallmarks of very innovative organizations and people is that they see resources where other people don’t, and they can bring those resources to bear to create new innovative solutions. There’s transformative power in shifting from looking at needs, gaps, and what’s wrong, to appreciating strengths, resources and what’s right. Through developing a strength-based mindset and an appreciative approach you can discover hidden or underused resources. These resources might be people, kinds of knowledge and expertise, time, and physical spaces. As soon as you start seeing resources all around you, not only can you move forward but you become energised and hopeful, and creative things start to happen. You’ll find that you might be a lot richer than you think in terms of what you have to start building your own social innovation with.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Reading: What to expect in week 2
  2. Video: RLabs: Journey of Hope Part 2
  3. Video: Discovering resources
  4. Video: Appreciative inquiry
  5. Video: Case study: The Street Store
  6. Video: Finding hidden resources
  7. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: resources
  8. Reading: Week 2 recommended readings
  9. Discussion Prompt: Look around you, what do you see?

Graded: Week 2: Graded quiz
Graded: Optional honors assignment: Complete a resource audit

WEEK 3


Getting out of your comfort zone



By nature the world of social innovation is made of crossing boundaries, bringing together different actors, resources, spaces, but it can be overwhelming. Part of our challenge on the journey to becoming changemakers is to learn how to become comfortable with discomfort and how in the social innovation space where you take yourself into spaces and you surround yourself with people that you normally do not engage with. Understanding how we define differences using cultural, sociological, psychological and spiritual lenses and what the nature of the differences is helps to develop tools for getting out of your comfort zone. It takes a little bit of courage because it makes you uncomfortable, but that’s how you build the competencies, the personal resilience to engage with difference when we do go and drive for innovations or we look to make differences in communities that are unlike us or operate in a different way.


7 videos, 2 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: What to expect in week 3
  2. Video: RLabs: Journey of Hope Part 3
  3. Video: Bricolage: recombining ideas and people
  4. Video: Thinking about difference
  5. Discussion Prompt: Thinking about difference and diversity
  6. Video: Engaging difference
  7. Video: Negotiating difference
  8. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: comfort zones
  9. Reading: Week 3 recommended readings
  10. Practice Quiz: Week 3 practice quiz
  11. Video: Week 3 peer assessment
  12. Discussion Prompt: Reflecting on stepping out of your comfort zone

Graded: Let's get uncomfortable

WEEK 4


Innovating by design



A number of methodologies and processes can help generate ideas and creative opportunities, and some of these have been used in business to generate new products and services, and are starting to be applied in social innovation. Human-centred design is incredibly important, and the Design Thinking process allows you to start early and wherever you are with whatever you’ve got. Design Thinking has evolved as a way to respond to deeper user insights, to connect more with people and with communities so that we can actually design solutions that are human-centred. Design Thinking is not just about products, but also helps create new processes, new systems, new services, and importantly even user experiences. Following a Design Thinking process will help you iterate and test your solution with end users, with an emphasis on failing early and often through trying things out and prototyping. Powerful Design Thinking methodology can help you to come up with human-centred design solutions that manifest economic viability, technical feasibility and social desirability in your social innovation.


9 videos, 2 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: What to expect in week 4
  2. Video: Rlabs: Journey of Hope Part 4
  3. Video: Generating ideas
  4. Video: Design thinking principles
  5. Video: Design thinking steps
  6. Video: Design thinking case studies
  7. Discussion Prompt: Share your favourite social innovation
  8. Video: Discussing design thinking
  9. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: design in social innovation
  10. Reading: Week 4 recommended readings
  11. Practice Quiz: Week 4 practice quiz
  12. Video: Week 4 Peer Assignment guidance
  13. Video: Week 4 peer assessment artefact feedback
  14. Discussion Prompt: Reflecting on your prototype

Graded: Start before you're ready

WEEK 5


Changing the system - who me?



Understanding that social innovation is system innovation can help us appreciate why social innovation is so difficult to do. Social innovations can start to challenge and change the underlying system conditions that caused the social or environmental problem in the first place. We are asked to innovate around belief systems, or around authority, power, and resource flows. So, a social innovation challenges the rules of the game. Asking what’s innovative about the work means asking questions around the experiences of where an innovation might be changing the rules of the games and allows us to go deeper into the kinds of impacts that might be possible, and discover hidden impacts. When any kind of social innovation starts to get at the systemic roots, we’re going to be provoking anxiety. So it’s quite helpful to map out the social system and the rules that govern it and then to consider how you are challenging these rules through the innovation.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Reading: What to expect in week 5
  2. Video: RLabs: Journey of Hope Part 5
  3. Video: What's innovative about your ideas?
  4. Video: Social innovation as system innovation
  5. Video: Seeing system impact
  6. Video: Deepening system impact
  7. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: changing the system
  8. Discussion Prompt: Changing the system
  9. Reading: Recommended readings week 5

Graded: Week 5 Graded quiz
Graded: Optional honors assignment: Exploring your idea with the 5 system questions

WEEK 6


What if it works?



In the end social innovation is about impact. We’re all trying to have a meaningful, positive effect on the world, whatever that might mean to us. If we do this and we’re actually successful, this is going to take us sooner or later to the question of scale. How do we grow that innovation? As social innovations mature, the forms they could take and the multiple ways in which you could organise around achieving impact increase. It used to be easy to label organisations according to non-profit and for profit, and government institutions based on their purpose, its organisational structure and the way it measured what it achieved. That’s all changing. There are different ways to diffuse and scale the work that we’re doing to achieve impact.


7 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Reading: What to expect in week 6
  2. Video: Rlabs: Journey of Hope Part 6
  3. Video: The evolving world of social innovation
  4. Video: Organizing social innovation
  5. Video: Financing social innovation
  6. Video: Scaling social innovation
  7. Video: Reflecting with RLabs: moving forward
  8. Reading: Week 6 recommended readings
  9. Video: The journey ahead
  10. Peer Review: Your journey ahead
  11. Reading: Resources
  12. Discussion Prompt: Where to from here?

Graded: Week 6 Graded quiz

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