School of System Change FAQ

Basecamp #1 Frequently Asked Questions

Please select from the following categories:

  1. Dates and times
  2. People
  3. Location
  4. Fees
  5. Recruitment
  6. Accreditation and certificates
  7. Overseas participants
  8. Fieldwork



When is the course running?

Basecamp#1 is running part time from 21st February through to 16th June 2017

How many face-to-face learning days are included? What are the dates?

9 days of face-to-face learning are included, and 3 days of fieldwork

The dates for the face-to-face learning are fixed :

  • 21st - 24th February
  • 20th - 21st March
  • 14th - 16th June

The 3 days of fieldwork will be fixed in teams with host organisations, between 27th February and 17th March

Do I have to commit to all the dates?

Yes, the learning structure is quite dense and we expect a commitment to the full course. Any sessions not attended will not be able to be recovered.

What is the time commitment outside face-to-face learning?

We expect you to spend 3-5 hours per week on learning outside the face-to-face sessions for the duration of the course. Some of this will be reading and research, and some peer coaching time.

If I can't do the course this time, can I go on the next one? When will that be?

There will be other courses from the School of System Change in 2017, and we are very likely to run Basecamp again in the autumn, although perhaps not in London. Sign-up for updates HERE and hear about all our new courses as they are launched.



Who is going to be teaching at Basecamp#1?

The faculty include academics and systems thinking specialists, as well as experienced system change practitioners - futures experts, system mappers, collaboration facilitators, leadership trainers… You will also be learning from organisations who are implementing system change, and from your fellow participants.

Who are the other people going on the course?

We are recruiting a diverse cohort of twenty professionals from business, NGOs and social enterprise, public sector, consultants and enablers, media and the arts

How is the global community going to operate? Can I connect with the wider community without going on the course?

The community will operate over a digital platform and through events and learning experiences across the world. You will be able to access much of the learning content and community without having attended Basecamp, but some groups will be self-organised and member-only.



Is the course only London-based?

Yes, Basecamp#1 is based in London. Future courses will be in other locations around the world.

Do I have to be based in London for the whole course?

No. We expect that you will be able to be in London for a month from 21st February to 21st March so take part in the course and the real-life challenges through fieldwork. Then you can return to your country and come back for the last 3 days in June.

A few international participants are already confirmed for Basecamp#1 and we are keen to include more.

Will this course be running elsewhere in 2017?

The School of System Change will be running courses in various geographies over the next months, and we are very likely to propose Basecamp in the autumn in another place - if you have a suggestion we are keen to hear from you!

This is supposed to be a global community, but the course is in London, how does that work?

The people teaching on the course will be from all over the world, and there will be international participants in the cohort. As the School grows, the global aspect of the community will be reinforced.



How much does the course cost?

There are three tiers of pricing

- corporate / central government : £7500

- NGO / social enterprise / public sector : £5250

- small organisation / freelance / individual : £3570

A 30% discount is offered to Forum for the Future Network members

VAT does not apply

How many hours of training am I going to get for that amount?

72 hours face-to-face learning

27 hours of team coaching

8 hours of online coaching

What do the fees cover?

The fees cover all teaching, teaching materials, and refreshments and lunch for nine face-to-face learning days.

They do not cover accommodation or travel or any other expenses incurred in order to attend the course.

If I would really like to do the course but can't afford the fees right now, what are the options open to me?

There are currently no bursaries open for Basecamp#1.

If you feel this course is the right thing for you, and that you are the right thing for the course, we will try to find a way to make that work and overcome any financial difficulties.

There may be other value exchanges to consider or exceptional payment conditions.

These will be discussed on an individual basis and not automatically agreed.

What are the payment arrangements?

Course fees will be invoiced and expected to be paid in full before the start of Basecamp, on the 21st February.



What is the recruitment process?

A certain number of places are held for different categories of applicant to ensure a good level of diversity in the cohort. Places will be allocated to applicants on the basis of suitability for the course and motivation, within the quotas available for their respective categories. An online form collects basic information, all applicants will then be offered a telephone call to further the conversation. Decisions to allocate places will be made by the School of System Change team.

What is the end date for applications?

The first phase of recruitment is from the end of November to 15th December 2016.

Another round of recruitment will then be opened from mid-December to 5th January.

A final round will be conducted ending on 19th January.

At each stage, any unsuccessful candidates will be put on a waiting list.

It is expected that all places will be allocated by this time, but later applications will be considered if places are still available.



Is Basecamp#1 accredited?

No, the course is not accredited by a University or other organisation. Our market research showed that the audience we are targeting are more interested in the learning experience than an accredited course. This may change over time.

Will I get a certificate of completion?

Yes, all participants on Basecamp#1 who follow the course to the end will receive a certificate of completion, including the number of hours spent on the course.



Will the School of System Change help with visa applications?

Yes, overseas participants will be offered a letter confirming their place and the attendance of the course, including dates they are expected to be in London.

The School of System Change will not directly liaise with UK visa department, nor take any responsibility for refusal of any visa application.

Will the School help with finding accommodation?

No, organising accommodation will be the full responsibility of Basecamp participants.



What is fieldwork?

Fieldwork is a 3 week project in a UK-based organisation applying system thinking and diagnosis skills to a real-life complex sustainability challenge. You will work in a small team of 3-5 Basecamp participants, accompanied by an experienced system change practitioner, and a designer to help produce a final piece of work.

What are the dates for Fieldwork?

The 3 days of fieldwork will be fixed in teams with host organisations, between 27th February and 17th March.

You will be expected to commit to one day a week during office hours, and additional fieldwork outside office hours equivalent to 3-5 hours a week.

Can you tell me which organisations are offering Fieldwork projects?

We are currently helping our partner organisations to frame the challenge they would like Fieldwork teams to work on. We will be able to announce the projects at the start of the course.

Can I choose which project I want to work on?

You can give a preference for the Fieldwork project you would most like to work on, but the final choice will be made by the School of System Change team.

If your organisation is bringing a challenge to the School of System Change you will be working on your challenge, unless previously agreed by your organisation that you should be on a separate team.




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