Have you ever taken a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) before? They are great (free) tools for entrepreneurs to gain new skills from top universities. The Bertha Centre and RLabs launched its first MOOC last year, in partnership with UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (UCT CILT)

The Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation MOOC is a free six-week course for anyone who wants to make a difference. 

MOOCs are free online courses and have no entry requirements. Anyone with an internet connection can take part. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organisation that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.

You will be challenged to get out of your comfort zone and start engaging with the diverse spaces around you. By the end of the course, you will have formed your own approach to social innovation, and you will have begun to develop the concepts, mindset, skills, and relationships that will enable you to start, and evolve, as a changemaker

Is this course for me?
If you’ve always wanted to create social impact in your community or your business but didn’t know where to start, the skills, tools and methodologies will help you get going. If you are already involved in a social business and want to take it to the next level, you’ll find a supportive community, examples and case studies to inspire you. This course is suitable for business students, business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and professionals in any sector seeking to bring about social change.

Course information
This free interactive six-week course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

  • Week: 1 What’s our problem?
  • Week: 2 What do we have to work with?
  • Week: 3 Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Week: 4 Innovating by design
  • Week: 5 Changing the system – who me?
  • Week: 6 What if it works?

For more information, please contact Luvuyo Maseko via email on  luvuyo.maseko@gsb.uct.ac.za

Course Convenors: 
Dr. François Bonnici
Marlon Parker
Senior Lecturer Warren Nilsson

Upcoming Dates:
The course will next run on these dates and enrolment opens two weeks before:
21 August – 9 October 2017
18 September – 6 November 2017


To sign up for this course, please click here.