The experience helped me consolidate and develop my ideas. Lots of the thoughts from the process are going to be part of our new strategy. The materials like the videos, the workbooks and the huge number of other links and resources were excellent.
Introduction To Systems Change
A facilitated 4-week introductory journey to learn how to craft a systems change strategy and collaborate with other leaders to create deep, equitable, and lasting impact.
Course dates & times:
November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2023 | 9:30-11:00 am CET
Applications are open until October 20th.
About the learning journey
This introductory course introduces the key frameworks and practical tools to equip you in developing your systems change strategy and to explore collaborating with other stakeholders, while reflecting on the essential leadership qualities for effecting deep lasting change. We have distilled insights from Ashoka’s 40+ years of experience in observing and supporting the most innovative social entrepreneurs across the globe and have captured their most powerful strategies to achieve systems change.
This version of the course allows you to meet Ashoka Fellows and other social entrepreneurs and learn from their experience in a live peer-to-peer format. There will be room for theory, exchange and inspiration from guest speakers. The sessions will also allow you to explore what systems change looks like in your field and to define the next steps on your systems change journey.
This series is complemented by the self-paced Systems Change Masterclass which you are highly encouraged to take in parallel or following the course.
- Gain concrete tools that can be applied to your social impact strategy as well as knowledge on different systemic interventions that you and your organization can implement to achieve greater, equitable and longer-lasting impact.
- Receive guidance from experienced facilitators and other systems-changers to start flexing your systems thinking muscles and draft your systems change strategy.
- Reflect on leadership qualities that are essential for systems change and multi-stakeholder collaboration.
- Engage in peer learning with like-minded changemakers.
Who this is for
This experience provides an introductory and solid basis for anyone who is interested in taking their impact to a deeper level. It is open to:
- Ashoka Fellows and members of their team
- Ashoka Young Changemakers
- Ashoka Support Network members (ASN)
- Ashoka staff
- Ashoka corporate partners and their employees
- Ashoka School Change leaders and educators
- Other Ashoka allies and collaborators
If you are not yet part of the Ashoka network, you are also welcome to apply. We might ask you to share more context about your work or to join a quick selection interview.
- 4 weekly online sessions of 90min (including theory, guest speakers and peer exchange)
- Extra videos and additional resources that can be used to support the learning in between sessions will be provided but not compulsory.
November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2023
9:30-11:00 am CET
This series intends to create a community of learning and practice. We encourage you to register if you can join all live sessions. Extra resources for self-learning will be provided, but not required for the completion of the journey.
Module 1 - What Systems Change is and Why it Matters
November 9, 2023 | 09:30 – 11:00 am CET
Module 2 - Introduction to Systems Change Strategy Frameworks
November 16, 2023 | 09:30 – 11:00 am CET
Module 3 - Collaboration and Leadership for Systems Change
November 23, 20223 | 09:30 – 11:00 am CET
Module 4 - How to Measure and Fund Systems Change
November 30, 2023 | 09:30 – 11:00 am CET
Module Leader & Facilitator
Ada Andreoni co-leads the Systems Change module of the Ashoka Community Program. She is also a co-creator of the Wellbeing module and supports the Elders Council ecosystem initiative.
She joined Ashoka in 2019 as part of the team organizing the Ashoka Changemaker Summit where her passion for systemic change was ignited. She then continued working for Ashoka Spain as Partnerships Manager until 2021.
Ada is passionate about bottom-up approaches and the power of collective action and innovative ideas. At Ashoka, she has been dedicated to deepening her knowledge and expertise on systems change to support social entrepreneurs to scale their impact and achieve systemic change in their field. She has a multicultural academic background in Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Local Development at the University of Padua. Her master's thesis "Youth Leading Change: The Contribution of Social Entrepreneurship to Formal Education" was published in 2020 in the digital journal Synergies – Educational dialogues for social change.