Self in the System - Deepening Leadership

Your success in co-creating new social forms depends not only on your methods and skills, but also on your personal capacities, self-awareness and wisdom. Ultimately, at the core of what is available to you for mobilizing innovative social change is your “self.” Your ways of acting and being in the world profoundly influence what’s possible. Yet how aware are you of the internal structures that support and limit your positive impact in the world? This module will deepen your understanding of how to lead from the inside out, so you can co-create transformative spaces with skill and wisdom.

You’ll explore the world of the self, and the self-in-relationship, to discover your edges, while growing your awareness of how to see, sense and show up in the world. This sharpened attention will help align your actions and leadership with what’s needed to mobilize purposeful change.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
3 TBA $995.00 0 -

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Recognize how self-awareness is a necessary part of effective social innovation
  • Understand the dynamics of power, privilege, colonization and marginalization that you are affected by and simultaneously part of creating.
  • Practise the skills of navigating situations of ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty
  • Listen deeply to access, recognize and support emergence (what wants to unfold) in yourself, others and wider systems
  • Let go of beliefs, emotions and fears that can limit your impact in the world
  • Develop embodiment and awareness practices that allow you to become more grounded, present and conscious
  • Connect and lead more deeply with vulnerability

How will I learn?

  • Advance readings
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Case studies
  • Mini-lectures
  • Group discussion
  • Field trips

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for those in the public, private and non-profit sectors who want to deepen their ability to lead in order to become better change agents. This course is reserved for those enrolled in the full Social Innovation Certificate.

How will I be evaluated?

You will be evaluated based on your class participation, in-class assignments and a post-class reflection assignment. 

If you are taking this course as part of the Social Innovation Certificate program, you may need to complete additional assignments outside of class time in order to graduate.

Textbooks and learning materials

The following books are strongly recommended for certificate students and for individual registrants. The required readings will be provided through Canvas, your online learning platform. 

brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping change, changing worlds. AK Press, 2017.

Etmanski, Al. Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation. Orwell Cove Publishing, 2015.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Milkweed Editions, 2015. (We suggest the audiobook, read by the author to capture the beauty of the storytelling and oral tradition).

Sutherland, Kate. We Can Do This! 10 Tools to Unleash Our Collective Genius. Incite Press, 2017.

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