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Social Innovation: Global Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Discover the power of social innovation, and how it can change the world for the better.

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Social Innovation: Global Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Explore the importance of social innovation in a changing world

Social innovation is the process by which new ways of doing things are created to respond to society’s needs.

This can be technological – embracing open-source or online technology, for example – or it can be social, via encouraging local entrepreneurship.

On this course you’ll learn what social innovation is, examples of social innovation, and why it’s important. You’ll be inspired to learn about the relevance of innovation, and ultimately learn the fundamentals of how to start your own social innovation project.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Social Innovation for Sustainable Development

    • Let's get started

      The next steps should give you a flavour of how this course works and what it will cover. You will meet the course leaders and be able to introduce yourself too.

    • Understanding Social Innovation

      The next steps should give you a flavour of what is social innovation and the differences between this term and other similar concepts.

    • Becoming a changemaker

      The next steps should give you a flavour of who are those change makers and how you can become one.

  • Week 2

    Developing Social Innovation

    • Ideation Process

      The next steps should give you an understanding of the different techniques you can use to develop your idea.

    • Idea Validation

      The next steps should give you an understanding of the different social innovation business models and learn how to use the Lean Canvas and apply to your social innovation idea.

    • Personal Development

      The next steps should give you an understanding of different tools you can use for personal development.

  • Week 3

    Leading Social Innovation

    • Moving to the next level

      The next steps should give you an understanding of what is the minimum viable product and some techniques you can use to develop your social innovation idea.

    • Essentials for Social Innovation

      The next steps should give you an understanding of marketing, funding, networking and resources needed to develop your project.

    • Conclusions

      The next steps concludes with a test, a competition and a list of the main contributors of this course.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • social innovation projects
  • the social innovation models
  • ideas to develop social innovation projects

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for people interested in learning about the concept of social innovation and how to develop their own social innovation initiative.

Who will you learn with?

Expert in Sustainability and Social Enterprise. She is the co-founder of Minca Ventures Ltd, a certified coach and has experience providing consultancy services for social businesses across the globe.

Andres is the co-founder and COO of Minca Ventures Ltd. He is an expert in Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Follow me @AndresMoralesPM

Who developed the course?

Minca Ventures

Minca Ventures Ltd supports social innovation & social enterprises across the globe. The company offers consultancy, sustainable business modelling, training and educational courses, research, filmmaking, and storytelling communication strategies.

Biji-biji Initiative

Biji-biji Initiative is one of Malaysia’s pioneering and award winning Social Enterprise, that champions sustainability. Biji-biji Initiative compromises of subsidiaries across few industries, specifically in Ethical Fashion, Alternative Energy, Circular Economy Solutions.

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