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?

Spark is a 3-month facilitated virtual learning experience for intermediate system change practitioners, November 2020 - January 2021

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About the course structure and format

About the facilitators

**Applications are now closed**

Growing System Change

We are living in a world of increasing complexity. As emerging change practitioners, it is important to continuously build our capacity to create a world with greater equity, justice, sustainability and wholeness. This requires new ways of being and doing togetherways that disrupt the status quo, engage our whole selves, and work effectively with sameness and difference.  It requires engaging tools that allow us to hold multiple points of view and engage complexity to catalyze change in people and systems who are stuck in old patterns and practices. 


This course will help you to: 

  • Build your confidence and ability to introduce systems change in an inspiring way
  • Gain facilitation skills to support systems change, including:
  • Increase your self-awareness and capacity for perspective-taking
  • Workshop new approaches to the systems problems you are currently engaging 
  • Deepen and support the application of new systems change tools 
  • Set clear intentions to guide your leadership development

Course structure & format

This 3-month virtual learning experience will be delivered through:

  • Peer-learning with an international network of other facilitators of systemic learning
  • Facilitated online sessions for the full cohort and smaller groups via video call, with 20 hours of instruction time across 5 sessions
  • 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

Is this for me?

This course is suited to individuals who have:

  • an intermediate level of systems change practice, gathered through the School of System Change Basecamp or a similar program, or through extensive applied learning in facilitating change with a systems lens
  • some previous group facilitation experience, whether learning offers, workshops, or collaborative projects
  • an opportunity to apply the skills you are learning from this course in a practical setting or to facilitate an introductory systems change session in the near future (this could be purely informal, with colleagues etc - the key is that it is with real people and putting into practice)

Course Details

Date & Times

Facilitated online sessions will be held on the following dates & times: 

Tuesday 17th November

Tuesday 1st December

Tuesday 15th December

Tuesday 12th January 

Tuesday 26th January 

Each session will be 4-hours (with breaks) held at 08:00-12:00 PST / 11:00-15:00 EST / 16:00-20:00 GMT / 17:00-21:00 CET

Plus coaching, exercises and reflection to be completed in your own time


Anna Birney

Anna is Director of the School of System Change, overseeing the learning and curriculum and driving the vision and ambition internationally. Anna brings years of practical experience equipping people and businesses, NGOs and others with cutting edge tools for system change, and deeper thinking and inquiry from her research.

Jennifer Berman

Jennifer is Training and Partnership Officer for the Garfield Foundation and a facilitator with the School of System Change. She works with social change leaders looking to increase their capacity to think systemically, act collaboratively, and lead transformative change.  

Lisa Gibson

Lisa is a facilitator, coach, systems change consultant,and Instructor of the Social Innovation Certificate at Simon Fraser University. She specializes in working with individual, organizational and policy misalignments, to embed systemic change, transform belief systems, and construct alliances across diversity.

Course fees

Individual: £950 GBP / $1,250 USD *

Organization: £1,350 GBP / $1,750 USD **

*The Individual rate is available to incoming participants interested in furthering facilitation, inquiry and systems change practice, for their own development.

**The Organization rate is available to those furthering facilitation, inquiry and systems change practice on behalf of an organization.

VAT does not apply. As part of our efforts to broaden the reach of our programs to traditionally underrepresented groups in this space, we are offering a 30% discounted rate for those in need of financial assistance.