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Systems Change

"I found the whole course to be extremely useful and effective: it helped us move forward and look at our system journey in a larger picture."

(Feedback from former participant of the Systems Change course)

What is this module all about? 

Look Deeper: Aim For Systems Change! 

In this essential strategy course, we share back the key insights Ashoka has learned from its Fellows on their most powerful strategies to achieve systems change.

The systems change course consists of 9 modules to craft your own systems change strategy based on proven frameworks for scaling social impact in any sector. Each module contains videos explaining the main frameworks and how to apply them to the exercises of the workbook which build on each other to produce a complete system change strategy in the end.

Join this course to analyse your system and identify a range of practical interventions to scale your impact on the system – without necessarily growing your organization. This is an opportunity to meet some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and deep dive into systems change strategies together.

We are convinced: To make a longer-lasting difference and maximise the impact of available resources, social change must ultimately address the root causes and systemic drivers that are producing a social problem. By taking an indirect impact approach such as changing policies, industry norms, power structures, incentives, mindsets and more, social entrepreneurs can shift a system to produce better outcomes itself and as a result achieve a significantly greater and longer lasting change.

For a brief high-level introduction to systems change, read a summary of key concepts here. For some practical case studies and insights listen to our systems change podcast series with Ashoka Fellows from around the world.

Module Timeline

The time requirement for this course is a minimum of 3 hours per module, for more advanced results 4-5h. This includes at least 1.5h+ to watch the videos and complete the exercises plus a 1.5h peer-learning session for each module where participants share and discuss their strategy progress and insights based on the completed exercises.

Access to the online learning modules including videos, workbook with exercises, and additional resources is provided two weeks before the start of the course. Exercise results and insights are then discussed in the below facilitated group sessions for peer-to-peer learning.

Bi-weekly sessions Wednesdays, 2-3:30 pm CET starting September 2021.

8/09 Module 1: Learn What Systems Change is and Why it Matters

22/09 Module 2: Analyze the Root Causes

6/10 Module 3: Find your Targeted Systems Change Goal

20/10 Module 4: Tell the Story of your Systems Change Strategy (pt.1)

3/11 Module 5: Tell the Story of your Systems Change Strategy (pt.2)

 Weekly sessions Wednesdays, 2-3:30 pm CET in November 2021.

10/11 Module 6: Rethink Partnerships

17/11 Module 7: Reflect on Leadership Qualities for Systems Change

Final half-day Event, 1-5:30 pm CET.

24/11 Module 8 & 9: Explore Funding Options & Evaluate Systems Change 

24/11 Final Workshop: Closing presentations and feedback on Systems Change Strategies.

Systems Change 27.09

Who Can Apply?

Every person has to apply individually through the registration form

  • Ashoka Fellows 
  • Ashoka Fellow Organization Staff Member 
  • Corporate or Instutional Partners of Ashoka
  • Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers
  • Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members
  • Ashoka Changemaker School 
  • Ashoka Staff

Why You Should Apply?

Participants leave with a deeper understanding of, and refined focus on, systems change. They know how to apply relevant tools and frameworks with their teams and stakeholders. In addition, the online course aims to create a community of peers to provide support and opportunities to collaborate.

Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Fellow team members, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka Changemaker School Leaders. This module is for you, if:

  • you want to achieve a significantly greater impact with your work.
  • you are keen to connect with some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and change leaders to co-learn and co-create systems change strategies.

Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members, Ashoka Partners, Change Leaders from businesses, public and civil society. This module is for you, if:

  • you want to implement systems change strategies in your own project, organization, field or industry to scale your impact.
  • you want to connect with, learn from, and support leading social entrepreneurs and build connections with key players in the field of systems change.

Ashoka Staff. This module is for you, if:

  • you want to actively support the Ashoka community to aim for systems change.

If you are interested in this content for your organization, your community, or your stakeholders, please reach out to us. We regularly work with partners to open this content beyond our annual course and are happy to co-create with you for your context.


Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Fellow team members, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka Changemaker School Leader, Ashoka Support Network (ASN) member, Ashoka Staff  | Join for free

Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership 

  • Hello Europe Social Entrepreneur  | Join for free
  • Steelcase employee or partner, Nestlé CSV Prize Finalist, Catalyst2030 Member - You have access to a group ticket and can participate in any module free of charge until the maximum number of free tickets is reached. 
  • Ashoka Visionary Program Alumna/us - you can participate in any module with a 50% discount at 1,000€ per module (VAT not included). 

Corporate or Institutional Partners of Ashoka | Other Partners | Change Leaders: The fee to participate in a module is:

  • For corporate participants: 2,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • For non-profit participants: 1,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • We also offer “group tickets” to participate in any module with a discount. Please reach out to us for more information

In case the fee is prohibitive to your participation, please apply anyway and mention it in the accessibility question and we will get in touch about our stipend. We evaluate stipends on a case by case basis.

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Meet the Module Leads

 If you have questions please reach out to Ada.  


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