Change leaders from around the world will be joining us for our next US-based learning program, Basecamp#6, kicking off in July 2019. Have a look at our program brochure for an overview, or read more below about the program and application process below.

Please note: Formal applications are now closed; please contact Georgia Rubenstein with questions or to inquire about any remaining spots on the program. 

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About the course

What will I get from the course?

The participants on Basecamp Americas will complete this learning journey:

  • Capable of understanding and diagnosing complex systems
  • Equipped with a toolkit of varied systemic methods and approaches for developing and working on multi-stakeholder projects
  • Prepared to make the right choices about where and how to act to create positive change
  • Having tested their learning on complex, real-life sustainability challenges
  • Ready to lead transformational change in their own field
  • Linked to a powerful international network of people and support

How is the course structured?

The key dates and flow of the course are shown below. NB: We are still confirming some details of our program, including exact locations and dates for online learning events. Both in-person sessions will take place in the US. We will be updating this page in the coming weeks, so please check back for more.

What are the course fees, and what’s included?

Course fees are as follows, based on sector / professional context:

  • Corporate: $9000
  • Nonprofit / social enterprise / public sector: $6300
  • Small organization / freelance / individual: $4500

A 30% discount is offered to members or partners of Forum for the Future.

Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the course fees, with the exception of your accommodation during the residential in-person session in October. Limited scholarship funds will be available to support course fees and/or travel for those in need.

How much time will I need to commit to the program?

In-person time:

  • About 8 days as a full cohort (both the July and October in-person sessions will run Tuesday - Friday, with our Fridays usually ending around midday or early afternoon)

In-person and/or remote time:  

  • 3 - 4 days with your fieldwork team (depending on the project, this may be partially or fully remote; we’ll ensure you’re able to be there in person before assigning you to an in-person project)

Remote only:

  • Approximately 5 hours a week
    • August / September: primarily working with fieldwork teams
    • October / November: readings, exercises on individual work + peer coaching time

About our participants

What are the criteria for participating?

There are no specific minimum qualifications required to participate in Basecamp. However, we assume a base level of understanding of sustainability (defined broadly as social and environmental issues in today’s world), as we do not include any introduction or specific knowledge on this as part of the course. We expect that our participants will have varied sustainability backgrounds and contexts and this is fine (and in fact desired).  We’ll be looking for a mix of issue expertise, whether that is waste management, social justice, economic inequality, or climate change.

We are looking for inspired and intrepid individuals from business, non-profits, public sector organizations, and philanthropy, along with any other enablers of change (like consultants, designers, or entrepreneurs) to form a strong cohort of at least twenty participants.

We expect you will have a strategic role and some decision-making capacity within your organization, community, or professional context so that you are well placed to directly and promptly apply your learning, and to feasibly implement strategic changes.

As a participant, you will identify a specific complex sustainability challenge (in the widest sense of the word, including social change), and commit to exploring that challenge (although it may evolve) during your applied learning journey - meaning that you’re up for scoping or planning a new piece of work, re-visiting a strategy, or otherwise shifting or building on your current work as you learn and test out your new skills.

You need not be based in the US or even in the Americas. This program is called “Americas” to set it apart from our other evolving School of System Change programs in Europe and Asia, and because a majority of our expert contributors, case studies, and participants will come from the region.  

Who will the other participants be?

Each of our cohorts is different; our aim and one of our core program design principles is for diversity across the group in the broadest sense of the word - from racial and gender diversity, to diversity of professional setting (large organizations and small, different sectors along with freelancers and independents), to diversity of sustainability issue and area of expertise.

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We understand that it's a big step to take on a new course, especially alongside a full-time job. If you’ve got questions, take a look at some FAQ's and Testimonials to see if we’ve answered them. If your question isn’t answered or you want to stay in touch for more information, let us know using this online form.

How do I apply?

Applications for this course are now closed. Please contact Georgia Rubenstein with any questions.