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HELP US FIND CHANGEMAKERS FOR A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION

CATALYSING CHANGE is a programme for public sector innovators. We are requesting your help to find the extraordinary candidates that we know are out there.

THE PROGRAMME. Catalysing Change strengthens capacities in social-ecological resilience, navigating complexity and systems, and transforming our approaches to changemaking. Our focus is on the public sector, where innovation is needed and desired and, at the same time, established structures can work against change. And, we seek to build anti-colonial knowledge and practices and learn together within the context of African knowledge systems. You can see all the details here.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Public sector workers can apply, as well as their partners working directly on public sector issues at any level (municipal, regional, national, cross-national) in the 16 Southern African Development Community countries of: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We recruit inclusively, including all abilities and genders.

WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED? Anyone working in the public sector who is innovating to address a specific wicked problem—that is, a complex, multi-dimensional problem that persists over time—and is curious and passionate about how to overcome the structural barriers that make things difficult.

WHAT'S THE PROCESS?

Participants are nominated by their peers. As a nominee, they will nominate a partner with whom they are working closely on their innovation/wicked problem. Once the pair accept their nominations, they are given access to a self-directed online module that introduces key concepts. Open Q&A sessions are held throughout. In addition to the content itself, module one has the further purpose of giving nominees a deep understanding of the programme, to know whether it is for them. Even if a participant decides not to apply, they will have the opportunity to benefit from a full learning module. Any participant who completes module one, including all required assignments, can apply for the programme. Thirty participants (ideally, 15 pairs) will be accepted.

Nominees who cannot find a partner with whom to work can still apply for the programme, but preference will be given to pairs who have both completed module one and all the application requirements at a high level.

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Once accepted, participants will engage in an approximately seven-month process that includes:

  • Online resources and preparation tasks.

  • Additional online modules with live lectures and dialogues, interaction with other participants, introduction of practical tools, and more.

  • Work in small learning pods of maximum six participants, where facilitators can give individual attention and go in-depth, based on the specific needs brought by participants.

  • Individualised coaching on applying the tools and concepts in their issue or project. Participants can bring up to three additional people to coaching sessions. These might be members of participants’ work teams within their organisations or partners with whom they are working very closely on their identified problem

  • Networking sessions with other participants and with alumni of this and other similar programmes.

  • Access to bonus online modules.

BENEFITS to participants and their organisations (to list a few) include:

  • In-depth learning on social-ecological systems, resilience, and complexity, which are increasingly recognised as must-have foundations for 21st century work and changemaking.

  • Practical approaches based on cutting-edge research.

  • Access to world-class researchers and facilitators.

  • Access for not just the individual participant, but also, if desired, their team (through coaching sessions), so that they have day-to-day allies in their progress, creating a robust context for practical applications and sharing learning.

  • Forever access to everything posted to the participant’s area of the website.

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MODULE 1 + APPLICATION

  • SEPTEMBER 30, 2021: nomination deadline.

  • OCTOBER 15, 2021: module one completion and application deadline.

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2021: accept/decline

Nominees could expect to spend seven to fourteen hours of self-paced work to complete module one.

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CALENDAR AND TIME COMMITMENT

OTHER DATES

  • Early 2022: module two prep work.

  • Jan 21, 2022: overview and meeting other participants and facilitators.

  • Jan 24, 26, and 28, 2022: module two.

  • Feb through Mar 2022: learning pod sessions, online assignments, and coaching.

  • March 10, 2022: overview session.

  • March 14, 16, 18: module three.

  • Mid-March through April, 2022: learning pod sessions, online assignments, and coaching.

  • April 29, 2022: Final diploma session.

LEARN MORE

Alumni share the value of the programme in their life and work.

WHAT IS PAID AND WHAT ARE PARTICIPANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR?

The programme is fully paid. Participants bring their time, their commitment, and (if they wish) their teams for coaching. And we all bring openness, curiosity, and mutual learning.

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READY TO MAKE A NOMINATION? HERE'S HOW:

  • Reach out to your nominees to let them know about the programme and that you wish to nominate them. You can send them the link to this page and to the about page, so they can learn more.

  • Send your nominees’ names and email address to our Project Assistant, Emilia, at emilia.arnerius@su.se—and that’s it! We will reach out to them to confirm their interest and admit them to module one and the application process.

  • For questions about the programme, reach out at any time to our Programme Manager, Loretta, at coracle@rogers.com.

  • Or just use the big buttons, below!