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?

2021 programming for Investors in Change is closed. Express your interest to join the next offering in 2022!

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About the course structure and format

About the facilitators

How to join

The need for system change

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an incredible amplifier to other signs of a need for systems change: the rise of authoritarianism, the climate crisis, deep-seated inequality and racial injustice. If we want to create a just and regenerative future, we need to address these large, interconnected problems with approaches that help us lead change through complexity and uncertainty.

Funders of all kinds can have a special, catalytic role to play right now as they can deploy resources nimbly and sustainably in a fast-changing world.

The Investors in Change learning journey equips strategic decision-makers in philanthropic and public sector organisations with the capabilities to work on system change initiatives;  enabling them to navigate and address complex challenges, reduce risk, accelerate learning, and drive creativity and innovation.

Course structure & format

What it is

  • A modular online learning journey in three parts running from March to June 2021
  • A unique opportunity to cultivate connections globally with other investors in change and practitioners from the Americas, Europe, and Africa
  • An introduction to a diversity of conceptual frameworks and tools coming from different worldviews
  • A chance to tap into pioneering practice while developing a journey and bespoke approach for your organisation

Who is it for

  • People with strategic decision-making roles within organisations wanting to invest in systemic change (funders, philanthropy, impact investors, public sector)
  • You’re a champion within an organisation who is looking to change approaches, funding mechanisms and mindsets
  • You’ve been experimenting with doing things differently and want to take it up a level
  • You want the practical ideas, questions, frameworks and tools to help you do things differently
  • You want to learn from peers across the foundation /investment space

Learning outcomes

Participants will leave the programme

Module details

Each five-week module is structured with kickoff and closing weeks and three weeks of peer learning group calls and coaching support in between, with the following:

  • Facilitated online sessions for the full cohort and smaller groups via video calls, approximately 18 hours of instruction time
  • 1-to-1 coaching in practice, with feedback and support from an experienced facilitator to support your growth as a systems change practitioner
  • A tailored online learning environment and set of resources
  • Reading, exercises and reflection to be completed in your own time

Updated Scheduling: The subsequent M2 and M3 have been updated to take place in June and September, respectively.

How each Module is structured (dates and times below):


How to join

Course fees

  • Partner Rate: GBP 1500/ EUR 1700/ USD 2000 per module

VAT does not apply.

*Our participant fees are determined on a sliding scale in order to ensure equal access to individuals from institutions of all sizes and geographies.

Questions? Email: [email protected] 

Investors in Change FAQs

I am balancing my professional role in addition to participating in this module. What is the time commitment expected of participants? 

Each five week module has approximately 18 hours of instruction time with more time allocated during the first week. We try to schedule coaching sessions in Week 2 to 4 to accommodate the availability of those in the small groups and the coaches. Refer to the module structure above.

What times are the sessions? 

The sessions accommodate Americas, UK/Europe, and Africa.

The scheduled sessions in the first and last week of each module will run from 8:30am to 12:30pm ET | 1:30pm to 5:30pm GMT | 2:30pm to 6:30pm CET. Coaching sessions in Week 2 to 4 will depend on the geographic distribution of the small group and coaches.

I am interested in having my organization join this learning offering? How can I make that happen? 

If you are interested in having two or more colleagues from your organization, please reach out to [email protected] to get in touch with the facilitation team.

I am interested in signing up for all three modules. How can I do that? 

If you are interested in joining all three modules, please indicate on your Expression of Interest form. The facilitation team will reach out to you upon submission of your Expression of Interest form.

I am not sure if this learning offering is right for me/my organization. Who can I reach out to ask more questions?

Please reach out to [email protected] to share more about your learning journey with the facilitation team.

If you do not see your question listed, please reach out to [email protected]

About the School of System Change

Forum for the Future, an leading sustainability non-profit, established the School of System Change in 2017. As both capacity-builder and field-convener, the School accelerates change agents’ journeys to gain necessary skills to realize a more just and sustainable future. The School:

  • Inspires change agents and provide them with the capabilities to lead system change initiatives;
  • Equips practitioners across NGOs, social enterprises, businesses,  governments and more - to navigate and address complex challenges; and
  • Produces a wide array of learning experiences, tools and case studies, and amplifies others’ work in a global field of system change practice.


Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with more than 3,200 Ashoka Fellows in 83 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided financial support, professional pro-bono partnerships, connections to a global network of peers, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has influenced key global players across sectors to recognize and nurture the potential of entrepreneurial talent to solve social problems. Working across its network of leading social entrepreneurs and strategic partners, Ashoka has been able to spot key patterns and trends, and therefore enable collective entrepreneurship around emerging frontiers: empathy, new leadership, team-of-of teams work, and changemaking. With Ashoka Fellows at the center, Ashoka is enabling an “Everyone a Changemaker” world in which everyone sees their own potential to see a problem, develop a solution, and put the idea into action.

Catalyst 2030

Catalyst 2030 is a global collaborative multi-stakeholder movement initiated by leading social entrepreneurs from Ashoka, Echoing Green, Schwab, Skoll and others from some of the most prestigious global networks of social innovators. The group is inclusive and rapidly expanding to include governments, funders, bilaterals, multilaterals, and other intermediaries from across the globe.

Catalyst 2030 members have come together to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by radically transforming the social sector to adopt systems change approaches and by propelling systems change at a country level. Together, the aim is to drive a significant dent in the climate crisis, the reduction of poverty and to leave a lasting and positive impact on the lives of many millions of people.

Garfield Foundation

With the intent to contribute to a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable world, the Garfield Foundation supports changemakers, via grants and advising, to deliver greater impact through systems understanding and networked action.

Lankelly Chase

Lankelly Chase is an independent foundation working in partnership with people across the UK to change the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage. Originally formed in 1962, Lankelly Chase’s work is now focused on creating an environment where people have the skills, motivation and freedom to help create a system that effectively responds to the interlocking nature of severe disadvantages, such as homelessness, drug misuse, violence and abuse, extreme poverty and mental ill health. Lankelly Chase is driven by a belief that people are resourceful and have strengths, and that collectively we can find solutions and create a fairer society where we are all able to thrive.