Grow the Change you Wish to See

Just & Lasting Change

Every community wants to achieve rising quality of life for its members and the promise of a secure future for all. Unite your community to cultivate this reality equitably and sustainably through locally-grown, grassroots change efforts. Learn how to practice SEED-SCALE—a universally applicable approach to social change—using your community as your “classroom.” Take this course if you want to build a more just and lasting future in your community using existing resources and local leadership.

Equip Yourself to Make the Change You Wish to See: Mahatma Gandhi's Social Change Method

Daniel Ashram

Learn Gandhi's methods right where he taught them: at his ashram in Sevagram, India. You will eat as he did, study on the same mud floors where he taught, and leave the course with the skill to use your words and actions to improve community life.

Teacher: Daniel Taylor

Natural Resource Management

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The exploitation of natural resources is a key factor in economic growth and development, but one that can have serious negative environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Students learn about the practice of identifying natural assets and building local capacities for the governance and stewardship of resources to be managed for sustainability. It addresses the knowledge and skills for shaping a shared vision, mobilizing three-way partnerships, building capacities, strengthening local institutions through comprehensive training, conservation enterprise development, and monitoring of the natural resource base.

Teacher: Mike Rechlin

Non-Profit Management

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While community transformation requires strategic and visionary leadership, it also requires strong organizational management skills and the creation of partnerships with a wide range of groups, especially in an increasingly globalized world. Students analyze the management of their own community-based organizations, critically examining how individuals and organizations act during different stages of the organizational life cycle. Practices such as strategic planning, creating budgets, fund-raising, and monitoring and evaluation will be emphasized and analyzed through the lens of how each positively affects the community. Key relationships, besides that of the local community, will also be discussed including those with the Board of Trustees, donors, and the regional and international community.

Teacher: Ruben Puentes

Entrepreneurship

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This hands-on course addresses the most frequently mentioned needs to set up a new small enterprise: business plan, market analysis and projections, securing seed money, branding, financial planning, and networking opportunities. In practical terms, the course helps to enhance students’ entrepreneurial and business management skills within a framework of social responsibility, and economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The course also looks at how to promote public policies that contribute to changing the economic playing field so that the poor can successfully generate income and assets. As it is unthinkable for students to become entrepreneurs in a risk-free classroom setting, they are encouraged to engage in learning activities that effectively expose them to real life situations through internships, etc.

Teacher: Scott Lawson

How to Start Social Change: Using what you have, starting now

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This is an eight-week long dive that will give you skills to redirect what is happening in your community toward priorities that your community wants, with resources your community has access to. You will learn a now-proven method that enables your community to grow locally and engage globally effectively. The emphasis in this certificate is on starting the SEED-SCALE process.

Growing social change with what you have happens by more effectively organizing the dynamics in your community. To guide this process this certificate teaches participants how to use four critical principles: built from success (starting point); three way partnership (your team); evidence-based decisions (how to choose); behavior change (the results). These principles will be simply and understandably engaged through the lens of Emergence (a sub-theory of complexity theory). This is known as the SEED process.

SEED-SCALE offers a process by which almost any community can direct change underway within it, using resources they already have to respond to forces that are affecting them. Unlike other frameworks that presuppose money, mandate skilled workers, or insist on first establishing effective government, SEED-SCALE provides a process for change that any community can follow, once a collective community decision is made to begin. It is a standard process that leads to site-specific solutions. This week-long certificate touches base on all of the major points of SEED-SCALE that can lead to a much larger community overview.

Teacher: Daniel Taylor

Scaling up & Enabling Environments

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Once social change starts in a community … the challenge comes how to grow it and keep it growing. This certificate equips participants to grow “a seed” of social change that has started in the community. The change will grow both in numbers (quantity) and improved lives for the community members (quality). The rising quality of life draws in a rising quantity of people so communities improve.

Every community wants to achieve rising quality of life for its members and the promise of a secure future for all. Unite your community to cultivate this reality equitably and sustainably through locally-grown, grassroots change efforts. Learn how to practice SEED-SCALE—a universally applicable approach to social change—using your community as your “classroom.” Take this course if you want to build a more just and lasting future in your community using existing resources and local leadership.

This certificate is a follow-on to How to Start Social Change: Using what you have, starting now. This eight-week certificate will begin in early summer 2018.

SEED-SCALE offers a process by which almost any community can direct change underway within it, using resources they already have to respond to forces that are affecting them. Unlike other frameworks that presuppose money, mandate skilled workers, or insist on first establishing effective government, SEED-SCALE provides a process for change that any community can follow, once a collective community decision is made to begin. It is a standard process that leads to site-specific solutions. This week-long certificate touches base on all of the major points of SEED-SCALE that can lead to a much larger community overview.

Teacher: Daniel Taylor

Overview of SEED-SCALE

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This certificate is a one-week intensive summary of the whole SEED-SCALE process.
SEED-SCALE offers a process by which almost any community can direct change underway within it, using resources they already have to respond to forces that are affecting them. Unlike other frameworks that presuppose money, mandate skilled workers, or insist on first establishing effective government, SEED-SCALE provides a process for change that any community can follow, once a collective community decision is made to begin. It is a standard process that leads to site-specific solutions. This week-long certificate touches base on all of the major points of SEED-SCALE that can lead to a much larger community overview. This is a compact, abbreviated, certificate.

Teacher: Daniel Taylor