• British Council

Developing Effective Policies to Build the Impact Economy

Learn how to develop policy that supports businesses to respond to the pressing challenges of our times.

Developing Effective Policies to Build the Impact Economy
  • Duration

    8 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Developing Effective Policies for the Impact Economy

In the face of the climate crisis and inequality, there also comes the possibility of great change, a moment where we can envision a greener, more inclusive, connected and harmonious future. ‘Business as usual’ has the planet at breaking point and new ways of doing business are needed. This course explores the role social enterprise and inclusive business plays in building a new future, delivering the SDGs and addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. It also explores the role of government policy as an enabler to harness the power of business for good.

What topics will you cover?

  1. The challenges we face and the role of business: What challenges do we face and what is the role of business in the solution?

  2. Inclusive and sustainable business models: What are the different business models that can contribute to a sustainable, impact economy?

  3. Policy making: What can Governments do to further more inclusive and sustainable business model innovation?

  4. Social finance and impact investment: How can policymakers and businesses contribute to social finance and impact investment?

  5. Climate emergency: How can policymakers support businesses to tackle the climate emergency?

  6. Equality, diversity and inclusion: How can policymakers support business to create a more inclusive economy?

  7. Gender equality: How can policymakers shift businesses to contribute more to gender equality?

  8. Action planning, strategy development and next steps: How do you create a strategy for building the impact economy and what action can you take?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the role that alternative business models can play in creating an inclusive, impact economy
  • Identify different business models for sustainability
  • Discuss case studies and examples from around the world and consider how these could apply in their context
  • Assess the policy options and tools available to build the impact economy and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Investigate a range of thematic policy areas through exploring the scale of challenges in these areas, their link to SDGs, and the role of policy for each
  • Demonstrate the most up-to-date knowledge of policies to support the development of the impact economy

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for emerging and senior policy makers as well as groups that are aiming to influence policies and strategies in countries around the world. Participants are likely to include social entrepreneurs, intermediaries, civic leaders, civilians and policy makers.

What software or tools do you need?

Smartphone or laptop.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Consultant on Social Enterprise at the British Council. I’m interested in developing capacity building programmes for young people.

I have over 20 years’ experience of supporting social enterprise and social investment internationally helping to create business solutions that create greater economic equality for people and planet

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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