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University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Social Entrepreneurship & Systems Change

Oct 14—18, 2019
5 days
Cape Town, South Africa
ZAR 17500 ≈USD 1200
ZAR 3500 per day

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Description

Systems change represents a wholesale shift in the way systems work for tens of millions of people, calling up examples such as universal vaccine coverage, women's suffrage, and free primary education.

Learn about how social entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers globally and locally are embracing systems thinking, looking beyond the scale of individual organisations with the aim of transforming sectors, systems and societies at large.

This short course at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business gives leaders of social enterprises new tools and frameworks to scale their impact, looking beyond the scale of their own organisations to initiating and building movements for social change.

Convened by the Bertha Centre, this course will draw upon the Centre's collaboration and research with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Schwab Foundation and the Motsepe Foundation to study social entrepreneurs engaged in systems change.

Workshops will be led by a diverse group of faculty and experts in their field. Ultimately, the course will allow participants to build a practical toolkit that will immediately be applicable once they return home to run their organisations.

Is this course for me?

This management short course is for senior leaders and managers in social enterprises and nonprofit organisations seeking to grow their social benefit companies and organisations; policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship ecosystems; funders seeking to become more effective in their grant-making and investing; and senior-level stakeholders in the social enterprise system.

This management short course is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.

Applications are welcome from founders, CEOs and senior managers of established social ventures, generally operating for at least 3 years. We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations.

Topics

  • The “current state” of social entrepreneurship, including local and global trends, developments and policies;
  • The opportunities and trade-offs of scale, introducing advanced thinking and models for impact that go beyond technical fixes toward systemic change;
  • Practical skills in leadership and management, including strategic planning, human resources, and change management for maximum impact;
  • Business models for social change, including revenue generation, financing and fundraising;
  • A community of practice that will serve far beyond the duration of the course.

Course information

This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

The materials for this course have been developed in collaboration with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, with funding from the Motsepe Foundation.

Who should attend

This management short course is for senior leaders and managers in social enterprises and nonprofit organisations seeking to grow their social benefit companies and organisations; policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship ecosystems; funders seeking to become more effective in their grant-making and investing; and senior-level stakeholders in the social enterprise system.

This management short course is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.

Applications are welcome from founders, CEOs and senior managers of established social ventures, generally operating for at least 3 years. We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations.

Experts

QUALIFICATIONS: AB (College Scholar) Cornell; MBA University of Baltimore; Ph.D. (Strategy & Organization) McGill AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Institutional shifts related to social and environmental sustainability, organizational practices, social innovation I am an Associate Professor of Social In...
Ralph is Professor and Research Director at the GSB, and he also directs the school’s PhD program. His research and teaching is on why and how organisations create or address complex social-ecological problems. Rated an “internationally acclaimed” researcher by the National Research Foundation, h...
Cynthia is an independent researcher, PhD candidate, writer, lecturer and course convener, currently affiliated with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on "systems work", or how organisations create positive so...
As the Social Systems Innovation Lead, Ncedisa Nkonyeni convenes the Bertha Centre’s Systems Change and Social Impact Executive Education course. She also curates the Africa regional hub of the global systems play team; a support and resource node for change-agents aspiring to position their inno...
Ella is an educator, collaborator and activist in the fields of human rights and social innovation in Southern Africa. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town in South Africa; a freelancer with the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SW...
Ishtar has been working as a feminist, activist and trouble-maker in the field of social justice advocacy for over a decade. Having received a Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, her career has ranged from coordinating a radical, feminist advocacy network for ...
Phumlani has run and managed prominent entrepreneurship funds for blue-chip local and international companies such as Allan Gray, Multichoice, Transnet, Total, J.P. Morgan and Philips; impacting hundreds of entrepreneurs and emerging businesses since 2009. His recent work with the African Union a...

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Oct 14—18, 2019
5 days
Cape Town, South Africa
ZAR 17500 ≈USD 1200
ZAR 3500 per day

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