Audience: Anyone interested in effecting change within their organization or the community at large.
Duration: 15 weeks
Explore how relationships, social networks, and justice and solidarity drive social change. You’ll be introduced to and practice civic organizing skills, including dialogue, stories and the arts. Students explore emerging governance strategies, deliberative democracy and collaborative governance.
By the completion of the course, students will:
- Consider social systems as complex adaptive systems and the dynamics of social systems as characteristics of complexity
- Explore the role of relationships, social networks and stories in social movements and system change
- Reflect on how justice and solidarity manifest in institutions and social structures
- Identify strategies for social change that are grounded in seeing social systems as complex adaptive systems
- Practice and reflect on relational civic organizing in the context of their own social networks through active listening, story creation and one-on-ones
- Become familiar with bottom-up, systems-based social movement strategies including dialogue, stories and the arts
- Consider existing governance innovations that respond to complex adaptive system dynamics
- Discover systems-based approaches to governance and to structural justice and solidarity.