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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 Shannon A

Jul 3, 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.


May 5, 2020

It was important in helping students navigate through their ideas through problem-solving and critical thinking skills amongst others. It also broaden ideas to impacting change in the world.

By Sujith S

Jan 23, 2018

I didn't know that my mind was capable of thinking as the mind of a change maker until I took this course. This course will help streamline your thought process in trying to solve a problem.

By Paramanandan P C

May 1, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The material was easy to understand and well presented. Thank you Coursera!

By Sorabh L

May 3, 2020

I really like the journey of my this course. Learnt practically too by attempting all the assignments

By Deepti T

May 5, 2020

Very nice course for them who want to bring positive changes in society.

By Patricia l L

May 2, 2020

A very interesting course to follow.

By sagar P

May 5, 2020

very helpful course

By Bryant B D A

May 1, 2020

Very helpful course

By Mihai T D

Jun 11, 2020

Excelent !

By Muhammad S A

May 2, 2020


By Tenika N G

Aug 8, 2018

this course thought me things i never knew, it also gave me some insight on what is going on in the world. that there are still nice people who are willing to help the less fortunate.

this course could use a few twigs by make it much better for youth my age or the next generation.

but i enjoyed it.


By Abayomi S

Oct 30, 2017

Great course which provides an awesome overview and induction into social innovation as an activist change marker.

By Deseting I

Mar 19, 2019

This course opened my eyes to what social entrepreneurship is all about. Thanks for putting this course together.

By Nataly G

Apr 23, 2020

I really loved it. A course with real examples, well structured and dynamic videos.

By Rathana S

Jul 3, 2017

Some materials

By Saheli B

Apr 18, 2020


By Is

Apr 12, 2017

I would appreciate a bit more of detail in some topics, but

I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks!

By Deepak S

Apr 14, 2020


By Smitha N

May 17, 2020

This course has been instrumental in making me develop confidence that I can also become a changemaker and small steps at a time is all that is needed to start. The course has shown me all the various dimensions to what is involved and how to go about bringing change. The Rlabs case study was a very good one in which the most important thing that struck me was that you don't need to have professional degrees or money or positions of power or position in society, to effect change, it is all in your mind. Use whatever resources are available and start dealing with the problem and brainstorm on how to bring about change. Thanks very much for creating this course and a special thanks to all other participants for posting their unique problems and solutions, it helps to understand that essentially people are grappling with almost similar problems, no matter in whichever part of the world we live in, and it is the forging of human bonds which will help us triumph over every single problem!!!

By Luyeye ( n L

Jun 22, 2020

The course was very well presented and delivered. It gave me a solid foundation of what a social innovation is and what it an achieve. I love the fact that the were sections during the week that allowed for a reflection of what the week lesson was about. The practical tools that were given to the stoods to help them develop their own ideas was also very helpful. The content was relevant and fresh which made the whole course easy to digest. The peer reviews also gave the students a fair chance to develop their own work while helping others inform and guide their work too. Most importantly, the course gave students the flexibility to work in their own time which was innovative in itself as it brought the classroom into our homes while giving the opportunity to work in at our own pace. I absolutely loved the course and would definitely recommend it.

By Sebastian N R

Jul 10, 2020

Quite an inspirational course. The knowledge seem very obvious but they do make you question a lot of things about how organizations work and how you can create something with social impact. They'll lead you through key concepts like design thinking, the 5 why's, identifying hidden resources, etc. The deep analysis of the R-labs case was a bit annoying for me at first, because I wanted to learn the concepts first, but I quickly realized how their experiences enriched the rest of the content and made me ponder about my own innovation. Recommended for anyone starting in this world, although it might be a bit too basic for people who already has experience with social innovation.

By Hildegard O

Jun 27, 2017

This course is amazing in combining theory-based approaches with practical thinking and tools which can be applied easily to a broad variety of complex problems. It offers a broad range of useful readings and the opportunity to discuss questions and issues with other students online. Being well familiar with beeing graded at school and university I like the free approach because it trusts that students want to learn, that cooperation contributes to learning and that learning is about compassion. The course also connects theory with individual motivation and making concrete steps. I deeply appreciate this offer and am thankful that I have found it.

By Nanako O

Jul 15, 2017

This course was fantastic!! What I loved most about it was that the course was client-focused. I had an idea, and their course helped me to develop and improve the idea so that I can positively affect my community. It was a class where I wanted to get all the ideas down because they were so innovative. I love how there was one main case study, R Labs, and how we were able to learn about their challenges and how they managed to successfully impact their community. The professors were great, they had an abundance of knowledge and I learned so much from them. Well done!

By Fezile M

Sep 29, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I will definitely be sharing my experiences with other people. It has helped me look at the social problem in my community in a different lens. I learnt a lot from reviewing other peers work and i quite liked the activities that we had to do. they were engaging, out of the box and enjoyable. The videos lessons are short an straight to the point an are jam packed with information. The extra reading material for each week was also helpful. All in all it was good. I highly recommend it.