Social Learning for Social Impact - McGill



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Join the world’s first GROOC – a MOOC for groups – to collaborate with others globally and create social change.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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What you'll learn on the course

Social Change
Social Impact
Social Sciences

Course programme

Do you want to make a difference by collaborating with other like-minded individuals from around the globe? Maybe you’re already working with a group doing social impact work in an established organization/NGO. Or perhaps you have an idea for a social initiative and want to team up with others, locally or virtually. Or maybe you’re just concerned about the direction the world is heading and want to join a global conversation about creating some positive, sustainable change. If so, this first ever GROOC is for you. Our GROOC has a distinct pedagogy: we believe profound learning happens when people share their experiences with each other, ask questions and tell stories. It’s called social learning. There are no right or wrong answers and no tests along the way. Instead, you’ll delve into relevant issues that concern all social initiatives, at any stage of development. Over seven sessions, you will be exposed to concepts and models from our four course designers and will hear from top international scholars and practitioners who combine the best thinking with the most effective doing. Plus, you’ll have access to more than 20 “deep dive” interviews with fascinating individuals who are at the forefront of creating social change, including Muhammad Yunus, Mary Gordon, Marshall Ganz, and many more. The goal of our GROOC is simple: to inspire the creation of social initiatives that will help rebalance society. Join us to engage in meaningful social learning with a worldwide network of people who want to create a better world together.

The learning outcomes of this course will be highly personal and will depend on your level of participation in the GROOC community.

That said, our GROOC has been designed to help you:

  • Work as a high-functioning team (Co-Creating)
  • Learn your way to a prototype (Designing)
  • Grow your social impact (Scaling)
  • Find resources to help sustain your efforts (Resourcing)
  • Discern when and how to measure your impact (Assessing)

Additional information

Henry Mintzberg Professor Mintzberg is an internationally renowned academic and prolific author on management and strategy, with more than 160 articles and 17 books to his name. He has won two McKinsey Prizes for top articles in the Harvard Business Review. His Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning won the book of the year award at the Academy of Management.   After receiving his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill (1961), he worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways and then earned a masters (1963) and doctorate (1968) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been at McGill University since then, with stints at other universities in the U.S., France, and England. In 1997, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.