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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 8 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.

Social entrepreneurs are not content with just giving people fish or teaching people how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.
Bill Drayton

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- 3:30pm CET starting September 2021.

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

22/09 Module 2: The Power of Root Cause Analysis

6/10 Module 3: Systems Analysis: Find your Targeted System Change

20/10 Module 4: Map Your Systems Change Story

3/11 Module 5: Ways to Achieve your Goal: Deep dive into your Systems Change

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

10/11 Module 6: Leverage the Power of Systemic Collaboration

17/11 Module 7: Develop New Leadership Skills for Systems Change

24/11 Module 8 & Final Workshop: Align Funding and Evaluation with Systems Change & Final Workshop. 

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Who Can Apply?

Every person has to apply individually through the registration form above

  • Ashoka Fellows and/or their team members
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers
  • Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members*
  • Ashoka Changemaker School Leaders 
  • Ashoka Staff
  • Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership
  • Corporate or Instutional Partners of Ashoka
  • Partners of Ashoka
  • Other Interested Change Leaders

Dear Ashoka Support Network members, 

If you don’t want to join the whole course but would like to join the closing presentations & feedback as advisors and experts – please reach out to us! 

If you are interested in this content for your organization and your stakeholders, please reach out to us, too. We are happy to co-create ways to open this content to you, too. Find out more about your engagement possibilities here. 

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, other Change Leaders (including from businesses, funders, intermediaries, etc.): 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  | Join for free

Other Partners and 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)

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