Systems Change Strategy

System change requires a break away from the linear relationship and instead employs strategies based on scaling indirect impact. It requires widespread adoption and replication of a solution.  Hence, system change generally needs a different type of leadership and needs system thinking, continuous learning, and adaptation.

What is this co-learning experience all about? 

This year, we teamed up with one of Ashoka’s most impactful programs, the Ashoka Globalizer, and upleveled our offerings for the community by open sourcing a self-paced Masterclass and designing community engagement experiences on systems change to amplify larger-scale and longer-lasting social change for the good of all and foster a world where Everyone is a Changemaker.  

We offer two different engagement opportunities to deepen your understanding of systems change by learning and applying the most powerful strategies, tools and frameworks to generate deeper and longer lasting impact. 

1- Systems Change Masterclass (open source, self-paced online course available in 5 languages) 

Ashoka’s Systems Change Masterclass teaches essential skills for leading and problem solving amidst increasing complexity. It consists of 9 modules to craft your own systems change strategy based on proven frameworks for scaling social impact in any sector. Each module contains videos explaining the main frameworks and how to apply them to the exercises of the workbook which build on each other to produce a complete system change strategy in the end. It is applicable to any sector and can be applied no matter what stage you are in - whether idea stage or established, entrepreneur or employee, team member or team lead. You will practice using powerful tools developed through Ashoka’s decades of experience running in-person accelerators with leading social entrepreneurs and business leaders.   

Click here and start your Systems Change journey! It is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Czech. If you are interested in having it translated into another language, please reach out to us.

2- Systems Change Strategy Online Course (facilitated online course with limited capacity) 

We will run a facilitated edition of the systems change online course kicking off in October 2022 until February 2023. In this essential strategy course, we share back the key insights Ashoka has learned from its Fellows on their most powerful strategies to achieve systems change and foster a world where everyone is a changemaker. It will consist of 7 bi-weekly peer-learning sessions of 1.5hr and a half-day Final Workshop.  

You can engage either by,

1- Joining as a learner: Bring your own social venture or project. The course is very practical and much of the learning happens in the application of its tools and frameworks to your work. 

Commitment: minimum of 3 hours per module (1.5h+ to watch the videos and complete the exercises & 1.5h peer-learning session). 

2.- Joining as an observer: You will be assigned to a specific Strategy Group for the whole journey without having a particular project in mind to work on. You can engage as much as you like during the peer calls - from merely observing the group discussions to playing a more consulting role. 

Commitment: minimum of 2 hours per module (30min to watch the videos & 1.5h peer-learning session). 

We have only a few seats left, you can share your interest in joining this year's cohort, please let us know before September 22nd by filling in this form.



Bi-weekly sessions Thursday, 2- 3:30 pm CET.

  • October 20th: Module 1: Learn What Systems Change is and Why it Matters
  • November 3rd: Module 2: Analyze the Root Causes  
  • November 17th: Module 3: Find your Targeted Systems Change Goal
  • December 1st: Module 4: Tell the Story of your Systems Change Strategy (pt. 1)
  • December 15th: Module 5: Tell the Story of your Systems Change Strategy (pt. 2)
  • January 19th: Module 6: Rethink Partnerships
  • February 2nd: Module 7: Reflect on Leadership Qualities for Systems Change

Final half-day event, 1-5:30 pm CET.

  • February 16th: Final Workshop
    • Module 8 & 9: Explore Funding Options & Evaluate Systems Change
    • Closing presentations and feedback on systems change strategies by participants.

Who Can Apply?

Every person has to apply individually through the registration form

  • Ashoka Fellows 
  • Ashoka Fellow Organization Staff Member 
  • Corporate or Instutional Partners of Ashoka
  • Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers
  • Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members
  • Ashoka Changemaker School 
  • Ashoka Staff

What You Will Take Away?

  • The practice of using tools to reach a clearly defined systems change goal
  • A list of milestones and concrete projects that you want to reach in order to achieve a systems change goal
  • Practical worksheets to start flexing your systems thinking muscles
  • A customized systems change strategy deck within a pre-designed template
  • Tools to engage a broader audience and build a network of allies
  • Gain a deeper understanding of systems change & how it enables an Everyone A Changemaker world.

If you are interested in joining, please let us know by September 22nd by filling in this form.

Meet the Module Leads

 If you have questions please reach out to Ada.  


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