Summer 2022: Trust, Money and Power: Funding Change
Full-time, 10 credits (DIAL 390W, 391W)
Program dates: May-June 2022
Location: HC 3050
Time: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4:30PM
*Students who have completed credits for DIAL 393 and DIAL 394 are not eligible to participate in the program.*
Youth are often told to be the change they want to see in the world. They get an idea about something they want to change then they start to direct their energies to realizing it. A few months later, exhausted by the hours and hours of unpaid time, they get frustrated and their idea gets relegated to the back burner.
What if that weren’t the case? What if young people learned about how to access funding to support their ideas? What if in the act of learning about how to access this funding, they started to question the way in which funding is raised and allocated? And what if, in questioning the way funding is allocated, they started to design new approaches to it?
Trust, Money and Power: Funding Change is an immersive seven-week student-centered Semester in Dialogue course that will explore the different ideas about how to fund social and environmental change including:
- Traditional grantmaking
- Indigenous approaches to giving and reciprocity
- Other approaches to giving such as giving circles
- Youth centered approaches to crowdsourcing
The Semester in Dialogue is a unique program at SFU. In addition to learning about funding change, students will be introduced to the practice of dialogue. Students will learn how to develop keen listening skills and elicit ideas from others by creating a respectful, positive environment. They will also learn to develop and express their ideas in a way that other people can readily understand and that connects with their concerns.
Over the seven week period, students will:
- Host dialogues with foundation CEOs, Indigenous elders, allied professionals, grant recipients, researchers and innovators who are questioning and redefining the philanthropic sector
- Engage in self-directed learning projects
- Participate in site visits
- Build their skills in workshops
- Reflect weekly on their learnings
- Draft a fundraising case for support
- Write a publishable piece
- Apply their skills in grantmaking as a small group
- Work as a class to design and deliver a public dialogue on funding the public good
Whether you are a changemaker looking for support for your idea, a curious student who wants to better understand how money can be a vehicle for change, a champion of philanthropy, a design thinker who wants to grapple with a difficult issue, a mature student who wants to direct their wealth in a meaningful way, a critic of private wealth or a young person who wants to learn in a fun and engaging way, you are invited to join us for this exciting and intensive summer course.