Introduction to the Course

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Welcome to the first module of the African Philanthropy Forum’s systems change programme offered in collaboration with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  My name is Ncedisa Nkonyeni and I am the Bertha Centre’s Social Systems Innovation Lead.  Together with my colleagues Ella Scheepers, Kentse Radebe and Tine Fisker Henriksen we have put together a 4 week online learning journey – in which we hope to work with you to develop your existing capacity to bring about positive change in your respective social systems.  

Every assignment is intended for you to apply to your work: Do you want to scale? Perhaps you want to build an investment argument?  We encourage you to engage with the weekly assignments to get a deeper understanding of systems thinking as it relates to your priority area.  

The learning journey consists of 3 segments or sections:

(1) Power & Complex Systems; (2) Planetary Boundaries & People in Nature, and; (3) Systems Entrepreneurship & Scale.

Each section is made up of systems change related content curated as videos, readings, podcasts which you will go through and write assignments on.  Content also focuses on your personal journey.  This is because when we work to change our systems we ourselves must also be prepared for internal transformation.  This may mean letting go of old beliefs or assumptions that invisibilise aspects of our systems or taking on new ways of thinking that will help us better see the systems that we work in.  For this reason, we will ask you to keep a personal journal or diary of your reflections, your revelations, your curiosities and your questions as you go through the content.  We will begin each week with a personal reflection question for you to ruminate on.

At the end of each week we will schedule an online Systems Change Gathering where we can all get together, reflect on the content and engage with questions that have arisen during the week.

Before we get started, working to change systems is collaborative work, so here are 2 things to remember: 

As much as possible do these assignments with other members of your organisation.  Two is enough, but more than four is better. 

If you are stuck at any point, we encourage you to reach out by sending an email to us by clicking here

Thanks for joining us on this journey and we look forward to learning with you.