Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

"Great learning journey, full of materials and experiences and impact! Mindset-changing!"

Feedback from a participant of the Multi- Stakeholder Collaboration Module 2021

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Testimonials from your peers

We have achieved a lot as an organization for system change through partnerships and collaboration, but this course really opened my eyes to where we had gone wrong in a specific instance, and taught me how we can be more successful, more of the time, as we collaborate for system change. 


We all need to update our notion of how change happens &what collaboration looks like. This course is densely packed with the most powerful tools & insights for collaboration for system change & it is given with utmost generous care.  One of the most value-creating courses I have taken. 

Fellow staff 

The course enables a trusted space to learn, share experiences & provide guidance to each other. Through the course, I had the chance to apply valuable questions that serve my strategy for stakeholder engagement, partnerships management & for co-creating & designing solutions together. 


I realised through the course the importance of collaboration, its different levels and how to embrace the process that is everything but linear. Most importantly, I experienced the course not just as a training but as an inner journey. 

Consultant & Ashoka Volunteer 

The course was so insightful. It has, in a beautiful way, a lot to do with unlearning bad habits not only learning new ones. I have more trust in acting now - I dare to take more risks. 

ASN member 

What is this module all about? 

Driving deep social change most often requires us to work in collaboration with diverse stakeholders on shifting a system together. While such multi-stakeholder collaboration can have a transformational impact on a system, it also comes with its own challenges and requires a specific type of leadership and strategy to be effective.

Join our online course on Multi- Stakeholder Collaboration online course to strengthen your strategy and leadership skills for facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration. Learn about concrete tools and frameworks on the “how-tos” of collaboration and discuss your insights and challenges together with leading social entrepreneurs from around the world.

We will explore the key elements of successful collaborations by following the journey of a real-life case study and by diving deep into the key lessons, enabling conditions, patterns, and frameworks that supported their success. We then reflect on how the learnings inform our awareness, intention, and choices as leaders – and where we feel confident or not in working this way.

Each of the 8 course modules comes with set of videos about the case study, key frameworks, and practical exercises to apply the learnings to your own collaboration which we then discuss together in (peer) learning groups during our weekly course sessions.

This course is developed in partnership with CoCreative – global thought leaders and decades long practitioners in the field of convening stakeholders across boundaries to collaborate for transformational systems change. 

To know more about the course and see if this is the right learning journey we recommend you to watch the videos below:

Want to know more about the kind of collaboration we are talking about? See Ashoka Fellow Gary Cohen share his experience with collaboration and the kind of impact it made possible.

The Module Timeline

This course is an intensive and high-value learning journey. For a fulfilling experience expect to dedicate around 4h to it per week (2h for the materials and 2h for the weekly live sessions with your learning groups)

Weekly live sessions on Thursday, 3-5pm CET between January 27th - March 17th, 2022 (Closing session on March 17th is at 1-5 pm CET)

January 27th - Module 1: Course essentials

February 3rd - Module 2: Mapping the journey of collaboration

February 10th - Module 3: Finding the north star

February 17th - Module 4: Building the change team

February 24th - Module 5: Growing the change-network 

March 3rd - Module 6: Getting to action

March 10th - Module 7: Network culture

March 17th - Module 8- closing session: Leadership and Peer Support for Implementation

This course is an intensive and high-value learning journey. For a fulfilling experience expect to dedicate around 4h to it per week (2h for the materials and 2h for the weekly live sessions with your learning groups)


For a better idea of what you are signing up for, please watch the videos below that we focus on during module 1 


Why you should apply?

This co-learning space is for social entrepreneurs and change leaders from any sector who are either driving a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative for systems change or are planning to do so.

This course is for you if you

  • want to expand your range of choices for how to collaborate as a leader so that you can act with increased capacity, confidence and courage
  • you want to gain new insights, strategies, processes and resources available to apply directly to your collaboration work
  • you want to leave with tools and methodologies to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaborations with alignment, engagement & momentum
  • you want to establish strong peer connections and exchange knowledge with other social entrepreneurs and change leaders — also beyond the course.
  • you are willing to embark in an intensive learning journey focusing also on your inner work

Who can apply?

  • Ashoka Fellow   
  • Ashoka Fellow Organization Staff Member  
  • Corporate or Institutional Partner of Ashoka   
  • Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership  
  • Ashoka Support Network (ASN) member  
  • Ashoka Young Changemaker  
  • Ashoka Changemaker School  
  • Ashoka Staff  


Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Fellow team members, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka Changemaker School Leader, Ashoka Support Network (ASN) member, Ashoka Staff  | Join for free

Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership.

  • Hello Europe Social Entrepreneur  | Join for free
  • Steelcase employee or partner, Nestlé CSV Prize Finalist, Catalyst2030 Member - You have access to a group ticket and can participate in any module free of charge until the maximum number of free tickets is reached. 
  • Ashoka Visionary Program Alumna/us - you can participate in any module with a 50% discount at 1,000€ per module (VAT not included). 

Corporate or Institutional Partners of Ashoka | Other Partners | Change Leaders. The fee to participate in a module is:

  • For corporate participants: 2,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • For non-profit participants: 1,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • We also offer “group tickets” to participate in any module with a discount. Please reach out to us for more information

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Meet the Module Leads & Module Co- Creators

We collaborate with Russ Gaskin & Heather Equinoss from CoCreative to bring this online course. CoCreative has decades of practice in facilitating and cultivating multi-year, multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral collaborative processes that contribute to system change. Ranging from:  

  • an 18-year collaboration that has catalyzed massive innovation and growth in the global solar industry  
  • to a global network of 400 hundred human rights workers who co-designed a new approach to advocacy based on rigorous measurement of countries’ human rights performance
  • to a collaboration that is dramatically expanding the role of U.S. health systems from providers of clinical services to wealth building catalysts in low-income communities
  • to a diverse network in which the world’s largest electronics brands are collaborating with workers to eliminate exposures to the most hazardous process chemicals used in electronics factories around the world, and many more. 

We equally collaborated with Luzette Jaimes and Jason Bernhardt-Lanier for the creation of this course. Luzette leads Ashoka’s global Learning and Development unit and Jason Bernhardt-Lanier for the creation of this course. Luzette Jason leads Ashoka’s global Venture and Fellowship department.

For the module leads from the Ashoka Europe Fellowship team, see their profiles below;

A special thanks to Florian Rutsch who co-created and co-lead the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program including its co-learning modules on systems change strategy, leadership, and multi-stakeholder collaboration, as well as its ecosystem initiatives on funding and supporting system changers.