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Learn what drives positive social change in your role as a changemaker.
If we want to make lasting social and political change we must understand power dynamics, systems and influencing strategies that can shift the status quo. This course will help you understand the context of the issues you’re passionate about and your existing sources of power and influence. You’ll be guided by examples of successful international movements and community action, and connect with changemakers worldwide. Ultimately, you’ll finish this course with the skills you need to spot and act upon opportunities, and contribute to the change you want to see in your community and the world.
This course is aimed at activists and change agents with a personal or professional interest in how change happens, and who want to be more effective at delivering change for good.
Week 1 - What kind of change are we talking about, understanding change, changemakers and their stories, and different forms of change.
Week 2 - Understanding the context of change, looking at what context is, and the change you would like to see.
Week 3 - Taking a power and systems approach, defining power, the tools for analysing power, and understanding systems.
Week 4 - The power of collective action, working in partnership with others, and what drives a changemaker.
Week 5 - Spheres of influence, understanding influence, and where the power lies.
Week 6 - Developing strong stories for change, influencing strategies, and developing messages.
Week 7 - Taking action to make change happen, strategy and tactics, developing your action plan, and the steps to implement your plan.
Week 8 - Tackling challenges and taking your next steps, reflecting on change, overcoming challenges, and staying inspired and focused.
Naana Nkansah Agyekum
Naana is the Media and Communications Lead for Oxfam in Ghana with wealth of experience in journalism, media relations and influencing.
Richard is an advocacy and influencing adviser and trainer for Oxfam and has worked on a range of national and global campaigns. He is part of the development team for this course.
Emily is part of the Oxfam team that finds new and engaging ways to share knowledge and learning to support the movement of people against poverty.
Duncan is Oxfam's Senior Strategic Adviser and a Professor in the Practice of International Development at the London School of Economics. He runs the daily From Poverty to Power blog on development.
Richard is the Economic Justice Lead and Extractive Industries Advisor of the Pan Africa Programme at Oxfam International with a background in Geology and specialisation in Mineral Economics.
Wing Yin Lam
Wing is the manager for Africa and South South Cooperation at Oxfam Hong Kong, with policy research and influencing experience on human rights, trade and development finance, and urban poverty.
Bal Krishna Kattel
Bal is Advocacy and Influencing Coordinator for Oxfam country office in Nepal. He has worked on various advocacy and campaigns, and is with the academic background of sociology and law.
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