What You Will Take Away
This course will help you answer the following questions:
- Should I consider working with government to address the social problem? If so, in which role?
- Who within the government holds the decision-making power and what‘s my strategy to get them on board?
- Which proven tactics can help increase awareness, willingness and capacity to take action of our government counterparts?
- Are there resources that can support me in such working with government?
weekly video modules with the total of 4 hour guidance and inspiring examples
case studies of social entrepreneurs from Brazil to India
workbook with detailed exercises and a rich library of resources
Why have we created this course?
This course developed by Ashoka Globalizer is the newest addition to our library of materials around systems change. We worked hard to collect, analyze and structure the experience of Ashoka Fellows working with government and hope the course will be useful for the broader interested community of social entrepreneurs, funders, and intermediaries. This course was developed thanks to the support and in partnership with PES Latam.
Government is an important stakeholder in so many systems around us. It often sets the rules of systems, controls vast resources, delivers public services directly, or controls the quality of such service delivery by third parties. Therefore, when we as social entrepreneurs think about systems change, we need to have a strategy how to engage with government, rather than circumvent it or build parallel structures.
The majority of social entrepreneurs in the Ashoka network do engage with government already – mostly via a constructive approach. This course is our attempt to collect, analyze and structure the experience of Ashoka Fellows working with government, so that the broader interested community of social entrepreneurs, funders and intermediaries can benefit from it.
To Outpace Problems, We Need More Changemakers Like You
You are here because you care about making a difference. Systems change is an important part of the changemaking toolkit. Enroll now to join a global community, striving together to maximize impact from any sector and from any role. Let's build an Everyone a Changemaker world, together!
Module 1: Why to Work With Government & Why This Course
Module 2: Understanding the Problem & Systems Behind it
Module 3: Targeted Government-Related Change
Module 4: Our Role Towards Government
Module 5: Tactics to Build Awareness, Willingness and Capacity
Module 6: Working With Government Canvas
Module 7: Vernissage of Helpful Resources
Check out our Library on Systems Change Knowledge
Check out our Ashoka Globalizer library on systems change for social entrepreneurs including a series of freely accessible systems change online courses on basics of systems thinking and shifting mindsets.
The online courses are complemented by other knowledge pieces on systems change developed by the Ashoka Globalizer team, including:
- “Systemic and Empowering” with 5 case studies of systems changing social entrepreneurs
- The "Embracing Complexity" with recommendations for funding systems change
- New Allies: How governments can unlock the potential of social entrepreneurs for the common good
- From small to systemic - The multibillion-euro potential in social innovations
- Influence for Good- How highly resourced individuals can support systems change
Developed by the Ashoka Globalizer
For the past 10 years, the Ashoka Globalizer accelerator has worked with over 350 leading social entrepreneurs across the globe to help refine their strategies and increase the positive impact of their work – through embracing the systems mindset and opening up for collective action, rather than growing own organizations indefinitely.
In 2018 we established a Systems Unit with the aim to capture and analyze learnings Ashoka Fellows make on their journey to systems change and share results with the interested community in the form of knowledge products – from social entrepreneurs to social entrepreneurs.
The online course Working with Government as a Pathway to Systems Change 1.0, created by Olga Shirobokova is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-SA 40).
If you are interested in partnering with us for developing new knowledge products or have feedback on any of the existent ones, please feel free to contact us.