Learn what drives positive social change in your role as a changemaker
If we want to make effective and lasting social change, we must understand power dynamics, social systems and how change really happens.
This course will help you to understand the context of your situation, along with your existing sources of power and influence. You’ll be guided by examples of successful international movements and local community action - connecting with other changemakers around the globe.
Ultimately, you’ll finish this course equipped with the skills you need to spot and act upon opportunities - bringing about the change you want to see in your community and the world.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 - What kind of change are we talking about, understanding change, changemakers and their stories, and different forms of change.
Week 2 - Understanding the context of change, looking at what context is, and the change you would like to see.
Week 3 - Taking a power and systems approach, defining power, the tools for analysing power, and understanding systems.
Week 4 - The power of collective action, working in partnership with others, and what drives a changemaker.
Week 5 - Spheres of influence, understanding influence, and where the power lies.
Week 6 - Developing strong stories for change, influencing strategies, and developing messages.
Week 7 - Taking action to make change happen, strategy and tactics, developing your action plan, and the steps to implement your plan.
Week 8 - Tackling challenges and taking your next steps, reflecting on change, overcoming challenges, and staying inspired and focused.
When would you like to start?
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at activists and change agents with a personal or professional interest in how change happens, and who want to be more effective at delivering change for good.
Who will you learn with?
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
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