Systems Change

"I found the whole course to be extremely useful and effective: it helped us move forward and look at our system journey in a larger picture" 
(Feedback from former participant of the systems change course)

Registrations are closed for 2020 Systems Change module!

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What is this module all about? 

Look Deeper: Aim For System Change! We will share back the insights Ashoka has learned from its Fellows on their most powerful strategies to achieve systems change (learn more about systems change here). Join to analyse your system and to explore a range of interventions to scale your impact on the system – without necessarily growing your organization.

This is an opportunity to meet some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and deep dive into their systems change strategy for greater social impact.

We are convinced: To make a longer-lasting difference and maximise the impact of available resources, social change ultimately must address the root causes and systemic drivers that are producing a problem. By taking an indirect impact approach such as changing policies or industry norms and creating new or access to existing markets, social entrepreneurs can address these underlying dynamics and achieve a significantly greater change than a purely direct impact on their beneficiaries could.

“Social entrepreneurs are not content with just giving people fish or teaching people how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”  
Bill Drayton.

The offer:

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The SYSTEMS CHANGE module consists of an online course with 7 video inputs with theory and exercises, plus an initial and a final online event and dedicated materials for further in-depth learning. Participants will have 2 weeks to work with the video input and the exercises before coming together with the facilitators and their peers dive deeper into the topic. The Module is running from October 2020 to end of January 2021 with a time requirement of about 2-4 hours a week plus an initial and a final event.

  • Kick-off call: Oct, 2 at 2-3:30pm CET.

  • Bi-weekly online learning materials: Videos and exercises for the online course sent bi-weekly between October 2020 and January 2021.

  • Bi-weekly group calls for peer-to-peer learning based on videos and exercises for systems change strategy development: Every second Friday from October to December. The exact dates: Oct 16, Oct 30 | Nov 13, Nov 27 | Dec 11 at 2-3:30pm CET.

  • Last two group calls on systems change leadership, measurement, and funding models: Jan 8 and Jan 15, 2021 at 2-3:30pm CET.

  • Closing presentations and feedback on systems change strategies by participants: Jan 22, 2021 at 10am – 4pm CET.

We highly encourage participants block the times for all the online meetings in their calendars ahead of time.

The offer of this module is built thanks to the collaboration and the decade-long experience of the Ashoka Globalizer Program.

Who can apply: 

  • Ashoka Fellows and/or their team members (every person has to apply individually through the form above) | Join for free
  • ASNs (members of the Ashoka Support Network) | Join for free
  • Change Leaders in Education | Join for free
  • Partners of Ashoka | The regular costs of 2.000€ apply (core partners of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program join for free)
  • Ashoka Staff | Join for free
  • Other interested change leaders | The regular costs of 2.000€ apply

The content of the online course of this module is curated for Ashoka Fellows, but open to other participants (see above) subject to application process.

Dear Ashoka Support Network members, Ashoka Partners and other Key Ecosystem Players: 

  • If you don’t want to join the whole course but would like to join the closing presentations & feedback as advisors and experts – please reach out to us! 
  • If you are interested in this content for your organization and your stakeholders, please reach out to us, too. We are happy to co-create ways to open this content to you, too. Find out more about your engagement possibilities here. 

Why you should apply:

Participants leave with a deeper understanding of and refined focus on systems change. They know how to apply relevant tools and frameworks with their teams and stakeholders. In addition, the online course aims to create a community of peers to provide support and opportunities to collaborate.

  • For Ashoka Fellows: This is for you, if… 
    • want to achieve a significantly greater impact with your work.
    • are keen to connect with some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and experts to co-learn / co-create systems change strategies.
  • For Ashoka Staff: This is for you, if… 
    • want to actively support the Ashoka community to aim for systems change. 
  • For ASNs (members of the Ashoka Support Network): This is for you, if... 
    • want to implement systems change strategies to your own project, to your organization, in your own field / industry to scale your impact.
    • want to connect to leading social entrepreneurs.
  • For Partners / other change leaders (from the corporate world or foundations): This is for you, if... 
    • …you want to establish connections to key-players in the field of systems change.
    • want to implement systems change strategies in your own field / industry to scale your impact. 

"Thank you so much for this course! It really helped us get clarity on the systems change we want to pursue, thanks to a method and the experience of other Fellows."
(Feedback from former participant of the systems change course)


  • Ashoka Fellows: The program is open and participation is free for all Ashoka Fellows. 

  • Ashoka Support Network members: Members of the Ashoka Support Network also join for free, subject to a selection process. Find out more about the Ashoka Support Network here.

  • Core partners of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program: Join for free

  • Other Partners and Change Leaders: The cost of the module is €2000. You can require a stipend* for your participation, indicating it in the application form.

*In case you require a travel stipend to participate please indicate in your application and follow the steps provided in the application form. We have limited stipends for participants in need, so please evaluate and request a stipend only if financial reasons hinder your participation.

Meet the module leads:



Giulia Sergi is the co-leader of Ashoka Europe Fellowship and the Systems Change module. She is also the Fellowship Director at Ashoka Italy, supporting Fellows in their system changing efforts since many years. Being personally engaged in fighting against organized crime, Giulia isn’t only an expert, but also an inspiring example of making change happen in many different areas of life.



Florian Rutsch is co-created and co-leads the Ashoka Europe Fellowship program including its co-learning modules on system change, new leadership, and wellbeing as well as its ecosystem initiatives on funding and support for systems change. He co-published the report Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change which is a collaboration among several leading sector partners and based on, among others, his previous report Seven Steps for Funding System Change. He is also a co-creator of Catalyst 2030 and the Elders Council as well as a thought partner in the Ashoka Globalizer, Ashoka's leading accelerator for system change strategies.


Module Support: 

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Ada Andreoni is Project Manager at the Ashoka Europe Fellowship program where she supports the coordination of the Systems Change and Wellbeing modules. She is also Partnerships Manager at Ashoka Spain. Ada has a multicultural academic background in Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Local Development at the University of Padua. She is passionate about bottom-up approaches and the power of collective action and innovative ideas. Since she joined Ashoka in 2019, she has been dedicated to deepening her knowledge and expertise on systems change to support social entrepreneurs to scale their impact and achieve systemic change in their field.


If you have questions before your application (or after), please reach out to Giulia Sergi or Florian Rutsch.  

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