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About the Course

This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organization that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions. We will debunk common assumptions around what resources are needed to begin acting as a social innovator. We will learn from the numerous examples of social innovations happening all over the world. You will be challenged to get out of your comfort zone and start engaging with the diverse spaces around you. By the end of the course, you will have formed your own approach to social innovation, and you will have begun to develop the concepts, mindset, skills, and relationships that will enable you to start and evolve as a changemaker. You will be able to purchase a Verified Certificate if you wish to show evidence of your achievements, but this is optional, and you may apply for Financial Aid if you are unable to pay the certificate fee. The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-created this course with RLabs, a social movement ‘born-and-bred’ in Bridgetown, Cape Town that is now active in 22 countries. The movement empowers youth through innovative and disruptive technology by teaching them vital skills and providing much needed support and a sense of community. Advocating and supporting initiatives such as RLabs forms part of the Bertha Centre’s mandate. The Centre is a specialised unit at University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. You can view the course trailer at Tweet about this course using the hashtag #socinnMOOC...

Top reviews

Feb 10, 2018

Highly recommended for the change agents who have no background in social entrepreneurship. This course will walk you through step by step into changing the system for the better of humanity habitats.

Jul 2, 2020

This course was great! I learned a lot through discussion and project submissions. I have not only learned how to create change in my community but I have taken the first steps to make it a reality.

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By Kenney T

Jul 17, 2020

Great course. Gives you the foundational tools to think through how to get your ideas started

By Sivuyile K

Apr 9, 2018

This course was a very necessary foundation to the rest of my life in the social impact space.

By Norbert P

Nov 15, 2021

This is a really interesting course about how to change our future based on social innovation

By Anantharaman G

Jan 16, 2020

Very helpful, highly insightful and reviewing this after almost two years. totally worth it,

By Vanessa L

Jul 22, 2020

An amazing course presented in in easy to digest pace that covers so much. Highly recommend

By Anne K

Oct 16, 2017

A very good way to feel and understand how Social Innovation is and can change the world !

By Natalie K K

Jun 1, 2020

Great course with many interesting insights. Really good to get inspired and even started

By Keane L J W

May 13, 2020

Great course, provided several tools and modes for thinking which are extremely valuable!


Sep 16, 2017

well organized and structured course, i recommend to all young people to take this course


Nov 19, 2018


By Miguel A C R

Sep 8, 2018

Is a really interesting course and very helpful to start your social innovation journey!

By Deesamer Y

Apr 21, 2020

I love this course. The professors and RLab participants are very inspirational for me.

By Cristina C

Nov 28, 2016

Excellent course for anyone interested in social innovation and generating novel ideas.

By Kartikeya B

Jul 16, 2021

A​ amazing educational jourrney is unfolded through this course and I enjoyed it a lot

By Neda K

Apr 20, 2020

One of the best course which I participated. I have learned .thx from the Middle East.

By Ashutosh S

Jun 7, 2021

it was an osm course learnt lots of new things contents and quizes are well organized

By Igor K

Dec 8, 2020

Good course. A lot of interesting ideas, which might be useful in life and business.

By Lindokuhle S

Oct 3, 2020

Great introductory course! Allows you to put some of the key principles to practice.

By Arooj A

Dec 15, 2020

Very nice course. After the course I feel great energy and positive changes in me.

By Onur Ç

Oct 6, 2020

This course really did a lot for me. I am grateful to the University of Cape Town.

By Simileoluwa A

Oct 2, 2020

Course was relatable, intense yet simple in presentation.

I really enjoyed myself.

By abhishek a

May 29, 2020

Impressive the way this mooc was designed and explained in depth all the concepts.

By Mohammed A

Aug 9, 2020

I have really loved the course and the instructors. It helps you to think deeper.

By Peter L

Nov 10, 2020

Excellent course = I learned a lot more from this course than I thought possible

By Lekaota D L

Jun 30, 2020

This course has given me practical tools to set up my social innovation project.