School of System Change

We know that growing a global community of change agents is our best chance to accelerate a transition to a sustainable future. Want to know more?

Change leaders from across the Americas are invited to join us for our next learning program, kicking off in June 2021. This six-month, fully-online learning journey will help you navigate complex challenges, map and diagnose systems and engage others with lasting change processes.

Applications are open until Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Take a look at the program brochure for an overview, or read more about the course below.

Watch the recording of our information session for more information about the different components of Basecamp.

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About the course

About our participants

More information

How to apply


About the course

What will I get from the course?

As a participant on Basecamp, you 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 choices about where and how to act to create positive change
  • Having tested your learning on complex, real-life sustainability challenges
  • Laid a foundation for leading transformational change in your field
  • Linked to an international network of people and support

Course structure & format

This 6-month online learning experience will be delivered through:

  • Peer-learning with a diverse cohort of change leaders
  • Facilitated online sessions for the full cohort and smaller groups via video call, with over 80 hours of instruction and applied learning time in the six-month course
  • 1-to-1 and small group coaching from an experienced facilitator to support your growth and effectiveness as a systems change practitioner
  • Opportunity to apply your learning to a live complex challenge in small groups via a Fieldwork project
  • A tailored online learning environment and curated set of resources
  • Readings, exercises and reflection to be completed in your own time

The course runs from June to November 2021, and is structured as follows (all sessions will take place between US Eastern and Pacific working time zones).

On-going learning commitment

On-going learning

How much time are you expected to commit?

Online learning with peer group and coaching support aside from intensive sessions (dates below)

Approximately 5 hours per week including online group sessions, reading, individual exercises, Fieldwork project and coaching time

Monthly webinar series

2 hour sessions every 4 weeks focused on one chapter of the Navigation Guide resource; 6 webinars in total

Intensive sessions dates

We ask for intensive learning periods (e.g. first to third intensives and closing intensive) that you hold the full day for Basecamp.

Session dates

Dates

How much time are you expected to commit?

First intensive learning week

June 7, 8, 9 and 10

Mon to Thurs

Introductory activities and facilitated learning across 4 full days

Fieldwork kick off

July 7

Wed

Half day session to begin a real-world challenge on which to practice your learning

Second intensive learning session

Aug 2, 3 and 4

Mon to Wed

Facilitated learning across 3 full days

Third intensive learning session

September 13 and 14

Mon to Tues

Facilitated learning across 2 full days

Closing intensive learning session

November 15 and 16

Mon to Tues

Facilitated learning across 2 full days

Facilitators

Georgia Rubenstein

Georgia leads Forum’s global system change coaching workstream, supporting organizations to build their capacity and capabilities to catalyze and sustain structural and transformative system change. She works with colleagues and the broader field to discover ways to bring systemic mindsets and practices into the everydayness of how we work, and supports partners to do this in the ways that are most relevant for their needs and ambition. Her recent work included supporting the nonprofit organization FoodCorps to launch the multi-stakeholder reWorking Lunch initiative, aiming to provide healthy, sustainable meals to students around the US.

Sean Andrew

Sean is a systemic coach at Forum for the Future and is committed to the potential of dialogue and organizing for creating change in living systems.  He designs, hosts and facilitates transformative conflict, action-inquiry and collaborative processes that support us to move forward on intractable challenges that matter to us. Sean’s experiences range from governance with community-based organizations and the public sector, working between spheres of government to develop learning networks and accompanying people in civil society and business to cultivate new ways of thinking, acting and relating that embrace and embody complexity.  At Forum, he builds and develops individuals capabilities and organizations capacity to create change through emergent strategic approaches.  Through all of his work, Sean is continuously exploring different perspectives and possibilities that help us come together to decide what next elegant step can be a present expression and seed for the world we yearn to live, work and play into.

Course fees

Course fees are as follows, based on sector / professional context. VAT does not apply. 

Corporate / philanthropy*

US$9,800

NGO / social enterprise / public sector

US$6,860

Individual / freelance

US$4,900

Some financial assistance is available to eligible participants. We encourage that you complete the application form and indicate your request for finance assistance.

*A 30% discount is offered at the corporate / philanthropy tier to partners of Forum for the Future.


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, environmental and economic 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 will be looking for a mix of issue expertise, whether that is social justice, economic inequality, or climate change.

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

We expect you will have a strategic role and some decision-making capacity within your organisation, 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 challenge (in the most innovative sense 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 must have a strong command of the English language, which is the language of instruction for all course materials.

Last but not least, participants must commit to participating in all of the online sessions and actively contributing to peer group learning. You will need to be able to join all online sessions on the dates and times listed above.

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, including diversity of professional setting (large organizations and small, different sectors along with freelancers and independents), to diversity of sustainability issue and area of expertise.


More information

We understand it's a big step to take on a new course, especially alongside a full-time job. We suggest watching the recording of our information session for more information about the different components of Basecamp.

For any further queries, please email [email protected] and we'll do our best to help.


How do I apply?

Applications are accepted until Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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