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The Good People - Social Impact

Learn the core skills, tools and mindsets you need to design powerful interventions for complex social issues with our social impact program - The Good People.

Facilitated by
Matt Norman
Online Videos
Multiple Resources
Active Community
One-on-One Mentorship
$ 299.00 AUD
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Whats covered in this Skillgym?

Make change that matters.

Big, pressing social issues aren't hard to find in today's world. From the looming problems of climate change and growing inequality to more immediate crises in areas such as mental health, homelessness and race relations, the need for action to instigate positive change in our society is clear. By building your skillset as a designer and innovator, you can learn to better understand complex problems and to collaborate with others to make meaningful progress on issues that matter.

What will you learn?

The Good People covers the core skills, tools and mindsets you need to design powerful interventions for complex social issues.

🔎 Insights into Social Change

We’ll explore some of the key concepts in social change work, and you'll be invited to investigate how your skills can help you to make a difference in a meaningful and sustainable way.

🙇 Understanding Wicked Problems

You’ll select a wicked problem you'd like to tackle, and learn techniques for rapid research and empathy to gain a deeper understanding of how people really experience that problem.

🌿 Changing Systems

We’ll introduce you to systems thinking, and invite you to map the deeper system of structures, stakeholders and feedback that holds your problem in place.

💡 Making Progress

This session will address some of the myths around how social change happens, and will introduce you to a range of strategies changemakers can employ to make progress on issues that matter.

❤️ An Impactful Life

Reflecting on your key insights from the program, you’ll be invited to think about how you can apply the design methodology to your own career in order to craft yourself a life with greater impact.

Ideas for Impact.

Here are just a few of the key ideas and frameworks we'll draw upon across the program:

  • Design Thinking. Discovering and defining a problem first, then experimenting to learn what works.
  • Doughnut Economics. A framework for thinking about how we can provide for the needs of all within the means of the planet.
  • Ikigai. A Japanese concept adapted for career planning that matches your skills and passions with what's needed in the world.
  • Humility in Design. Seeking to deeply understand a problem and its implication before moving to solutions.
  • Co-design. Inviting the people experiencing the problem on the ground into the design process.
  • Reframing. If we can define a problem differently, we can make a new set of solutions possible.
  • Systems Thinking. Seeing individual problems as part of broader structures that reinforce one another.
  • Prototyping. Developing a bias towards action and learning by making ideas real and seeking feedback.
  • Life Design. Applying the design process to your own career to discover how you can make a greater impact.

Scholarship Places.

As a social impact program, we want The Good People to be as accessible as possible for innovators who are keen to learn. We are able to offer a limited number of free scholarship places for people who would not otherwise be able to access the program.

If you're interested in one of these scholarship places, or otherwise require financial support to be able to access this program, please get in touch with Matt on 0411 868 925 or at matt@soma.academy, and we'd love to chat!

A well facilitated workshop with solid content and thought provoking tasks. Really enjoyed meeting others and am inspired to be a change maker!

Kristy

Freelancer - Brand Marketing Comms

I had the best experience with the Good People - Designing for Social impact, strongly recommend this module, very insightful and well designed, the content, platform and speakers are amazing!

Julia

HR Administrator

reated a new perspective for creating social good!

Kelly

Senior Operational Policy Officer

The content was awesome and I really felt inspired to take the first step - also Matt was a great facilitator and kept everyone motivated throughout the course - LOVED IT!

Felipe Rios Ribeiro

Program Lead

This workshop brought together a diverse and energetic range of people and challenged us to explore wicked problems in an intensive and engaging environment. Stimulating conversations and connections that will endure. Thank you

Lucy Smales

Training specialist

We're proud to have worked with some amazing organisations

SōMA helped our team unlock new ways of working.

"The content was awesome and I really felt inspired to take the first step - also Matt was a great facilitator and kept everyone motivated throughout the course - LOVED IT!"-

Felipe
University Program Lead
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