Grow the Change You Wish to See
Schedule : June 1, 2017 to August 24, 2017 (12-week course)
Certificate description: At Future Generations University, our mission is to teach individuals how to enable a process for achieving equitable change that empowers communities to shape their futures. We have been training the world’s social change agents for over a decade, and are now providing a new hands-on learning opportunity for individuals who are eager to generate positive change in their communities.
Grow the Change You Wish To See will be a useful learning opportunity for devoted social change agents of many different walks of life, whether you are hoping to use this course as a launch-pad for your very first community improvement project, or you have years of social change experience and would like to improve the effectiveness of your existing organization.
- Collaborative leadership: How to build a community-based team who can initiate the change process- without the need to wait around for inspirational leaders to take charge;
- Community-led development: How to identify, and ground your efforts in, your community’s existing successes, strengths, and resources;
- Effective action: How to develop a realistic action plan and monitor your community’s progress towards its goals;
- Observable behavioral change: How to harness human energy to improve your community, with observable results;
- Continued positive growth: How to evaluate your progress in order to continually refine your work.
Individuals in their communities must accept collective responsibility for ensuring a more just and lasting future. Together with members of your community, you can act now-without waiting for policy change, grants, or even inspirational leaders-to work toward and secure the future you hope to realize.
This certificate course is built upon the framework of a time-tested method of community-led development. The SEED-SCALE theory of change (see: www.seed-scale.org) was developed a quarter century ago and has been successfully implemented in 40 countries and countless communities around the world. Sustainable community-led change always begins locally- with a SEED- like a plant growing in its native soil. Then, by continually harnessing human energy and gaining momentum, this local change can be grown- to SCALE- and adapted to larger contexts.
This course will be taught by a team of Future Generations University’s leading instructors on SEED-SCALE, led by Meike Schleiff with lectures and discussion by Daniel Taylor and Luke Taylor-Ide. You can elect to enroll in this certificate program as an academic course to earn graduate level credits, or merely pursue the certificate of completion. If you choose to earn credits for your participation, you may apply these towards the university’s Master’s degree in Applied Community Change (see: www.Future.Edu).
Cost : A $150 (non-refundable) registration fee grants access to online content. A certificate of completion is available for an additional $200, to be awarded upon satisfactorily completing required activities, discussions, and/or assignments. Total cost of the certificate is $350.
Travel : This certificate does not require travel outside of your community, but it does require engagement with people in your community.