The Bertha Centre and social enterprise RLabs, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (UCT CILT), is offering a free six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on social innovation.

The course, titled ‘Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation’, aims to explore the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.

“We are excited about pioneering a new kind of MOOC that will reach deeper into communities. It will also advance access to quality education in order to catalyse social change,” said Director of the Bertha Centre, Dr François Bonnici.

The course has as no entry requirements; all that’s required is an internet connection and the motivation to create social impact within your community or business.

The Bertha Centre states that the course is suitable for business students, business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and professionals in any sector, including healthcare, seeking to bring about social change.

According to the course organisers, over the six-week course participants will be able to pick up essential skills, tools and methodologies related to social innovation and will have access to a supportive community, examples and case studies.

“Through this course in social innovation, we’ll challenge you to develop ways of thinking about the complexities of social change, ways to find hidden resources around you using creative and designed thinking to deepen your impact, and ultimately to organise yourself for action,” said Dr Bonnici.

“We want to get you started in becoming a changemaker, connecting these external issues that concern you to the internal impulses and inclinations you have to make a difference,” continued Dr Bonnici.

By the end of the course participants are expected to form their own approach to social innovation by developing the concepts, mind-set, skills and relationships that will enable them to begin, and evolve, as a changemaker.

The course is taught by Dr Bonnici in collaboration with Senior Lecturer at UCT’s Graduate School of Business, Warren Nilsson, and Founder of RLabs, Marlon Parker.

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