Basecamp #7 UK

Applications are open for the second School of System Change 2019 UK cohort!

Starting on 1st October 2019, we are offering a six-month learning journey to help you navigate complex challenges, map and diagnose systems and engage others with far-reaching change processes.

Change leaders from across Europe will be joining us for our next UK-based Basecamp#7, kicking off in October 2019. Have a look at our programme brochure for an overview, or read more about the programme and application process below.

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About the course

About our participants

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About the course

What will I get from the course?

The participants on Basecamp#7 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.
The course runs over six months - from October 2019 to March 2020 and includes:

  • Two in-person sessions: one at the beginning in London, UK, and one in the middle in Somerset, UK
  • A collaborative team Fieldwork project after the first in-person session, lasting 6 weeks
  • Online learning with peer coaching and support from the School of System Change team

“The School provided a constant prompt to put theory into practice and learn from it” Rachel Jetel, We Mean Business


How much does it cost?

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

  • Corporate / central government: £7,500
  • NGO / social enterprise / public sector: £5,250
  • Small organisation / freelance / individual: £3,750

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.

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

In-person time:

  • 8 days as a full cohort (both the October and November in-person sessions will run Tuesday - Friday)

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
  • October/November: primarily working with fieldwork teams
  • December - March: 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 organisations, 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 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 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 UK but will need to be able to join the in-person sessions on the days specified above. If you are interested in joining an upcoming programme in the Americas or Asia instead, you can express your interest through this form here.

Who will the other participants be?

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

More information

Have a look at our programme brochure for an overview.

We understand that it's a big step to take on a new course, especially alongside a full-time job.

If you would like to learn more before you apply, we will be hosting two online information sessions for prospective applicants. You can register for sessions on:

How do I apply?

Applications are open now, and you can apply using the online application form here. After filling in the full application form, we will contact you for a 30 minute chat from early June. We will close applications on 16th July and allocate places in late July to ensure diversity across the group.

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