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.
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.
By Benson M•
I really believe this course is one that all learners, irrespective of their chosen line of career development, must experience to gain some basic knowledge and skills necessary for them to become relevant to societal needs. The course has great potential to develop every individual, who desires to present themselves as a service or product provider, to a level where they can fully appreciate and understand community settings for a better impact.
By Scott G•
Interesting, engaging, and genuinely inspiring.
This course will subtly alter your thinking, improving your problem-solving skills, creativity, and even your empathy.
I found the lectures on uncommon resource identification particularly insightful, and enjoyed the assignment in week 4 that combined everything we'd learnt up to that point.
Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone, from business-people to students alike.
By Wongiwe L•
This course has been one of the most interesting. The content was delivered in a manner that is easy to understand and yet, prompted me to think about how to apply my learning in my environment. I appreciated the case studies on R-Labs and how communities are rich in resources and all we need to do is to identify these and use them fully. This course has sparked in me the desire to do more for my community and to pursue my purpose.
By Anne G•
This is a great course for anyone wanting to understand more about social innovation and how to apply it to your own ideas for becoming a change-maker. Good length and enough time to finish all assignments. Assignments are a mix of quizzes as well as projects. Feedback from peers is motivating and insights from professors are challenging you to give your best and dig deep into what changes you really want to make in this world.
By Julia L•
This was my favorite Coursera course so far. The material was well balanced between theory, industry examples and assignments. I especially enjoyed developing one's one idea and the continuous peer feedback as well as reading about all the other creative ideas from peers in the course. The various company examples underlying the different principles were invaluable making the learnings a journey of social innovation.
By Sharon E L•
I would recommend this course for anyone who works in the public domain. It really stretches the mind and allows you to think out of the proverbial box. The videos are short and interesting and the assignments permit the students to create engaging and socially innovative designs and strategies that could become a real project or small business with the potential to positively impact your community or society.
By Bruna G•
This course was one of the best choices I've made in the past few months. It is so informative and fun to take. The facilitators did an outstanding job, bringing concepts in a clear way, showing how they work in real-life examples, and engaging us through enriching assignments and forum discussions. Thank you to everyone involved in this project: the teachers, the RLabs team, and ones behind the scenes.
By Christos P•
You have an incredible ability to draw people to take action. Your way of progressing with the lessons was purely inspirational. You did not need extravagant persuasion vocabulary, nor emotional emphasis, and yet you portrayed real life problems and actions in simple pragmatic interpretation which could be understood and signified easily. Thank you very much with full appreciation and genuinity
By Haneen E M•
Extremely Informative. It truly clarifies the structure behind social innovation, which lays the foundation for all social change or initiatives. This course also includes a lot of information on already existing organizations ad their success stories, which I found very motivating and inspiring. 10/10, would definitely recommend this course for any one knew to the world of social innovation!
By Philippine W•
Very meaningful course, well build and well balanced, interesting pairs submission and huge personal impact.
I feel hopefull and energetic about social entrepreneurship, and that is very valuable. We can all make a difference and there is so many model around us.
I will get out of my confort zone and make the world a better place, because we can. That is all that course made me feel like !
By Naira A•
The course helped to understand better what we want and how to develop our ideas more effectively. Before starting the course I was more concerned about my own problems. However, after finishing the course I have realized that I have forgot about my problems and started to concentrate more and generate ideas on how to help others so as they would not face the problems which I have had.
By Pamela D•
This course was well structured, very informative and engaging. The professors presented the information in a way that made it easily digestible and relatable to my own experience and interests. I loved the use of the RLabs case study throughout, it was very inspiring and helped me understand the theoretical concepts in practice. Would highly recommend this course to others!
By Shubhda G•
This course was truly a revelation to my passion for social development. Through this course, I managed to identify skills to market myself as a Freelance English Trainer at a Government run organisation. It also played a huge role in me getting an internship at an NGO and most importantly, has equipped me with skills that I never thought I would be capable of developing.
By Foad S•
Thanks to Francois, Warren, and Marlon, and team R-labs for such an elaborate and engaging socially impacting innovation course. I revived most of my work experience with my NGO, and also was able to put alot more on paper, for future impacting programs.
I would like to keep in touch with all of the course mentors for future discussions and networking.
By John R N•
I learned a lot from this course. This inspired me to be hopeful. This course makes me want to contribute to social change thru applying a social innovation with people/community I can partner with. I am excited to apply what I learned from this course to a real-world problem. After this course, I can definitely say that this is the start of me being a change maker. :)
By Chiara B•
This has been so educational for me, and this course is so well thought out. It has so many practical applications, and I love it. It made me a little sad that I'm already done with it. I can see the passion the lecturers have for social innovation, and it is very inspiring. I hope to someday work with them. This whole course is a game-changer. Would recommend. 10/10.
By Tena A•
The course is generally very well structured and it is very clear what are you asked to do in each assignment. The instructors are knowledgeable and they present the information in a very comprehensive manner. What they talk about is also not only theoretical, but give good ideas and examples to use if we decide to dive into social innovation field in real life.
I know of so many volunteers immersed in helping communities. The course is an avenue to go beyond the usual "help" and stretch it farther to greater heights! I found the entire course like an ART that even if you don´t know how to draw but mainly having that desire to draw; And with just a scratch paper and a pencil, something good can come out of it!
By Samir B•
Very inspirational. There are times I felt I am also part of RLabs. If I ever can visit Cape Town, I want to visit RLabs and probably spend a day or two volunteering some work. That would give me some alternative money to buy a coffee in the innovator's cafe. Finally, I really want to make something different, some small but positive change in the society.
By Felina M•
I am absolutely in love with the course curriculum and engagement of this class. I feel challenged by the quizzes and assignments. The lessons that I have learned from reading assignments from others participating in the class who reside in all parts of the world is invaluable. Thank you UCT for the time, effort and investment in creating this course.
By Daniel B B•
The videos were very helpful in directing us to understand what was required by us. The social innovation allowed to go into environmental problems this was good for students who are Engineers, Architects or Building, great idea. The course was well structured it was incredible how the lessons were building blocks to creat the final plan or prototype,
By RAMESHWAR B•
This course is changed my life the way I thinking is changed now I feel more comfortable with people while I talk with them or explain something I want to be in touch with this organisation because I want to do more social works please guide me if something new is there I am very thankful to you thank you so much it was great honour to do this course
By Mitch C•
The lessons are informative but at same time, easy to comprehend. It will guide you from having a deeper understanding of the problem you want to address until coming up with a realistic and doable solution that is fitting in your social context. I recommend this course for those who want to start their social innovations for their communities.
By Misha A F•
I learnt so much from this course, especially in relation to practical implementation of ideas. It has also given me courage to go ahead and start something innovative (The course students and teachers know what im talking about!) on my own and do so with courage with a complete booklet of knowledge I need to take it one step ahead. Thank you!
By Ajayi O W•
This course is one of the best things to have happened to me during this global crisis. For someone like me who has been passionately helping for years and always seeking ways to get better, this course has opened my eyes to alot of things.. Like unused resources and i have gained more knowledge on how to make social impact work!