School of System Change Basecamp: Europe

20 sep, 2021 - 07 apr, 2022

Change leaders from across Europe are invited to join the School of System Change and DRIFT for our next Basecamp programme, kicking off in September 2021. This six-month, fully online learning journey will help you navigate complex challenges, map and diagnose systems and engage others with far-reaching change processes. Applications are open until Monday 26th July, 12:00 CEST.

On the fence?
We understand it’s a big step to take on a new course, especially alongside a full-time job. If you would like to learn more about the course before you apply, please register for an information session. We are running two sessions, and each will give you the chance to meet a facilitator and the programme’s producer who will answer any questions you may have.

A six-month learning journey
This 6-month learning experience will be delivered through:

  • Peer-learning with an international cohort of change leaders
  • Facilitated online sessions for the full cohort and smaller groups via video call, with over 65 hours of instruction time across the course
  • One-on-one coaching, with feedback and support from an experienced facilitator to support your growth as a systems change practitioner
  • Opportunity to apply your learning to a live sustainability challenge in small groups via a Fieldwork project
  • A tailored online learning environment and set of resources
  • Reading, exercises and reflection to be completed in your own time

The course runs from September 2021 to April 2022, and all sessions will take will take place between 09:30 and 13:30 CET.
See this page for a full breakdown of the course run.

What you will get from the course
As a participant on Basecamp, you will complete this learning journey:

      • Capable of understanding and diagnosing complex systems
      • Equipped with a toolkit of varied systemic methods and approaches for developing and working on multi-stakeholder projects
      • Prepared to make the right choices about where and how to act to create positive change
      • Having tested their learning on complex, real-life sustainability challenges
      • Ready to lead transformational change in their own field
      • Linked to a powerful international network of people and support

Your course facilitators

Rachel Phillips 
Rachel is a systemic leadership, strategy and learning facilitator and coach, with over 15 years’ experience designing and facilitating innovative, participatory leadership and change processes for sustainable development. As co-founder of Edge Effects, she supports individuals and organisations to unlock effective responses to complex systemic challenges.

Payam Yuce Isik
Payam is an executive and team coach and a facilitator focused on creating dialogue and change in the face of conflict and resistance, supporting leaders to own their leadership through awareness. Her experience spans the consultancy services and IT sectors and beyond.

Marieke Verhagen
Marieke is Chief Learning Officer of Transition Academy at DRIFT. She is an experienced researcher, teacher, organiser, facilitator and coach in sustainability transitions and complex systems. Marieke focuses on accessibility, participants’ connectivity and multiple ways of teaching & learning (beyond ‘cognitive’).
Criteria for participation
There are no specific minimum qualifications required to participate in Basecamp. However, we assume a base level of understanding of sustainability (defined broadly as social and environmental issues in today’s world). We expect that our participants will have varied sustainability backgrounds and contexts and this is fine (and in fact desired).
We are looking for inspired and intrepid individuals from business, non-profits, public sector organisations, and philanthropy, along with any other enablers of change (like consultants, designers, or entrepreneurs) to form a strong cohort of at least twenty participants.
We expect you will have a strategic role and some decision-making capacity within your organisation, community, or professional context so that you are well placed to directly and promptly apply your learning, and to feasibly implement strategic changes.
As a participant, you will identify a specific complex sustainability challenge, and commit to exploring that challenge (although it may evolve) during your applied learning journey – meaning that you’re up for scoping or planning a new piece of work, re-visiting a strategy, or otherwise shifting or building on your current work as you learn and test out your new skills.
You must have a strong command of the English language, which is the language of instruction for all pedagogical materials.
Last but not least, participants must commit to participating in all of the online sessions and contributing constructively to peer group learning. You need not be based in Europe but will need to be able to join the online sessions on the dates and times listed above.
Course fees
Course fees are as follows, based on sector / professional context. VAT does not apply.

Corporate/philanthropy/central government £7,500 or €8,400*
NGO/social enterprise/public sector £5,250 or €5,880
Small organisation/freelance/individual £3,750 or €4,200

*A 30% discount from this full fee is offered to corporate and government partners of Forum for the Future and DRIFT.
How to apply
>>> Click here to apply <<<  More information on the program can be found here.
This course is a partnership between Forum for the Future’s School of System Change and DRIFT for Transition.