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Leadership Development for the Social Sector

Leadership Development Programmes

Designing Interventions for Social Change in Complex Systems

Most development work by social purpose organisations happens through deliberate intervention to bring about social change. The issues that we work on are a conglomeration of messy problems in complex systems. This programmeprovides participants with the knowledge and skills of a systems approach to build a deeper understanding of the system one is trying to intervene in, and then builds their abilities to design interventions in that system to bring about social change. It will enable the participant’s ability to apply regenerative systems design in their respective contexts. The sessions will equip participants with frameworks that enable them to design for transition into a new future anchored in the vision of Agenda 2030 “integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental�?.

In the 3-day workshop, participants will

  • Employ systems tools to analyse complex social contexts
  • Identify a leverage point for intervention
  • Design an intervention using purposeful programme theory

Methodology

The workshop will run with an emphasis on theory-practice. The participants will be expected to do a lot of exercises and apply tools and frameworks to their own contexts, and learn collaboratively. Participants will also be provided pre-reads to help them prepare for the workshop.

Who should attend

The workshop is ideally suited for mid and senior level management and leadership in the social sector who are keen to take the learning back to their organisation to design sustainable programmes situated in complex systems.

Fees: Non-residential programme

Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 16,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants

Limited need based scholarships available.

Date: 17-19 October 2019     Location: Noida (Venue: ISDM Campus)

Faculty

Prof. Shashi Nair
Professor, Azim Premji University

Shashi is a Civil Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore with a specialisation in Operations Research. Shashi has designed and facilitated several workshops on Educational Leadership and Management, and Change. He teaches Educational Change, School Systems Analysis, and Programme Design and Evaluation in Education at the Azim Premji University.

Shashi Nair has been teaching at the Azim Premji University since 2012. Currently, he is engaged in the exploration and dissemination of systemic approaches to strengthen the system. Before he joined the Azim Premji University, Shashi was the Head of the Education Leadership and Management Team at the Azim Premji Foundation.

Ms. Suparna Diwakar

Dean, Academics, Indian School of Development Management

Suparna has worked extensively in the development sector for over 25 years. She started her career with MYRADA and moved on to lead and manage multiple projects ranging from being Founding Trustee of Adamya Chetana; Vice-President and Project lead at Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services; Consultant for multiple projects with Department of Public Instruction, District Institute for Education and Training in Karnataka State; Consultant for rural development project for the Indian Institute of Science etc. Suparna has curriculum development and teaching experience. She also has extensive experience in design, development and implementation of projects and trainings with corporates and numerous collaborative projects with organizations like Tata Institute for Social Sciences, The Teacher Foundation, CSR wing of ABB, Azim Premji Foundation, UNICEF etc. In her vast experience in the development sector she has also published and presented several papers on academic leadership, management and governance. Suparna's strength lies in her ability to straddle the theory-practice space, to make a meaningful contribution to change on the ground.

Dr. Aruna Pandey

PhD (SOAS), MSW (TISS - Mumbai)

Senior Research Fellow, ISDM

Aruna comes with deep engagement in domains of Natural Resource Governance, Institution Building and Sustainable Livelihoods. In her 13 years of experiencing and co-creating social change with communities, Aruna has worked with institutions like BRLF, an autonomous society of Ministry of Rural Development - Government of India, TISS (Mumbai), SOAS - University of London, IIM - Ahmedabad, ISAP (New Delhi), on projects supported / in partnership with IDRC, UNDP, UNEP, InfoDev, UNV, etc. Her domain of expertise and interest are environmental governance, social research, education/ innovation and Institution Building. She has received the Young Analyst Award by EU and DPG, the prestigious M. K. Tata Prize and the NTPC gold medal for her dissertation at TISS (Mumbai) and the Felix Scholarship Trust award for her PhD at SOAS, amongst others. Aruna also is a board member of Swechha - We for Change Foundation.

At ISDM, Aruna leads the Knowledge and Research Centre. As faculty for ISDM’s post-graduate programme in Development Leadership, Aruna also co-leads and supports learning modules on Environment and Development, Systems Design for Social Interventions and Radical Transformation Leadership amongst many others. Before ISDM, Aruna was heading the Research and Capacity Building vertical at Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation. Aruna is also part of the Honeybee Network, a volunteer network, spread across 75 countries, engaged in the development of a sustainable knowledge ecosystem. 

Fees:
Non-residential programme
Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 16,000/- +GST per participant for 2 or more participants
Date:
17-19 October 2019
Location:
Noida (Venue: ISDM Campus)

Coming soon to Mumbai and Bangalore

Behaviour Change Communication for Social Change

Social change often requires people to change their behaviour. They may need to modify their existing behaviour, or start doing something new or stop doing something they were doing. Many designs for bringing about social change include activities that are intended to bring about the desired change. How can we improve the effectiveness of these designs by adopting new understanding of human behaviour emerging from behavioural economics.

We often try to create this behaviour change by ‘educating’ people or trying to convince them to change. However, new research has shown that rational communication of that sort doesn’t work very well. A new science of behaviour change has evolved which helps ‘nudge’ people towards the desired behaviour using surprising and counter intuitive methods.

In the 2-day workshop, participants will

  • learn about the principles of this new science,
  • see examples of the science in action in the social sector and
  • learn the steps required to implement these principles in their work.

Methodology

The workshop will run with an emphasis on theory-practice. The participants will be expected to do a lot of exercises and apply tools and frameworks to their own contexts, and learn collaboratively. Participants will also be provided pre-reads to help them prepare for the workshop.

Who should attend

The workshop is ideally suited for mid and senior level leaders and managers in the social sector who are keen to apply the principles of behavioural economics for achieving sustainable change.

Fees: Non-residential programme

Rs 13,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 12,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants

Limited need based scholarships are available.

Date: 15-16 November 2019     Location: Mumbai

Faculty

Suman Srivastava

Suman Srivastava is the Founder and Innovation Artist at Marketing Unplugged. He is also the author of Marketing Unplugged: Spotting the elephants in the room.

Suman has been the CEO of Euro RSCG India for 5 years and also Chief Strategy Officer for Euro RSCG Asia Pacific. He was the Chairman of Euro RSCG's emerging markets planning council and a member of the global management committee. Lastly, he was Vice Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer of FCB Ulka Group in India.

Suman is a graduate of Delhi University, IIM Ahmedabad and IMD Lausanne. Brand building is a passion for him and he has been closely associated with brands from India’s leading companies including Hindustan Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, HDFC Bank, Bharat Petroleum, Reliance, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto and Philips. A graduate of Delhi University, IIM Ahmedabad and IMD Lausanne, he is an advertising man, strategist, author, marathon runner, teacher, social worker, sports fan, creative bartender and an entrepreneur.

He is currently part of the leadership team at Indian School of Development Management (ISDM). He is one of the trustees of the NGO, Apnalaya, and a key member of iVolunteer’s Whiteboard initiative.'

Fees:
Non-residential programme
Rs 13,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 12,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants
Date:
15-16 November 2019
Location:
Mumbai

Coming soon to Delhi and Bangalore

Leading and Managing People

People are at the heart of organisations. This is even more true of social sector organisations. Working in complex spaces and addressing challenging issues, the success of these organisations is directly influenced by the individuals working there. In the process of "Leading and Managing people? some concerns that come up are keeping the motivation of people and teams high, empowering teams, conducting effective meetings, reducing attrition, holding supportive and developmental work review conversations, and managing team conflicts.

This 3-day programme addresses the core issue of effective team leadership. Using storytelling and appreciative enquiry as the key processes, the workshop will enable participants to create their own journey as a team leader.

In the 3-day workshop, participants will

  • Discover their own leadership approaches and beliefs
  • Diagnose their team’s purpose and functioning
  • Devise tools and strategies to visualize effective teams
  • Design and Plan approaches for leading and managing effective teams

Methodology

The workshop will run with an emphasis on theory-practice. The participants will be expected to do a lot of exercises and apply tools and frameworks to their own contexts, and learn collaboratively. Participants will also be provided pre-reads to help them prepare for the workshop.

Who should attend

The workshop is ideally suited for mid-senior level management and leadership in the development sector who are keen to take the learnings to their organisation to improve overall team and organisational effectiveness.

Fees: Non-residential programme

Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs: 16,000/- +GST per participant for 2 or more participants

Limited need based scholarships available.

Date: 12-14th December 2019     Location: Bangalore

Faculty

Sujatha Rao

Sujatha Rao is a Founder-Director at Viridus Social Impact Solutions. Sujatha works in the areas of education, technology and organisation development. Over the last two decades, her interest and research has been in studying how social purpose organisations can be purposefully designed in ways that empowers human agency and enhances organisational impact. She has worked in and consulted widely in the areas of organisational development, leadership, executive development and in vocational and school education across private, not-for-profit and public sectors both in India and overseas. Sujatha has taught at the University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, Azim Premji University and is currently a member of the Academic Working Group at the Indian School of Development Management. She holds a Postgraduate Degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI Jamshedpur, and a PhD in Organisational Studies from the University of Sydney.

Fees:
Non-residential programme
Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs: 16,000/- +GST per participant for 2 or more participants
Date:
12-14th December 2019
Location:
Bangalore

Coming soon to Mumbai and Delhi

Systems Thinking for Social Change

Bringing about social change requires working with wicked problems located in complex systems. Working to ‘solve’ these messy problems and creating new futures requires us to understand the system in which the issue is located. Systems thinking is a way of understanding and communicating about complex systems through the use of a variety of tools. This approach is different from the commonly applied problem-solving approach that looks at linear cause-effect relationships among variables, and focuses more on analysis of the parts rather than looking at the whole. Systems thinking provides us with the tools to work in complex social systems, and to drive sustainable long-term impact. Systems thinking can be applied in various contexts - design of interventions, diagnosis and design of structures and processes in organisations, working with communities in participatory ways, etc.

In the 3-day workshop, participants will

  • Become familiar with the tools and methods of systems thinking that can be applied to better understand the dynamics of messy real world problems
  • Experience basic shifts in the thinking from linear thinking to non-linear thinking; from thinking in parts to thinking whole
  • Be able to apply foundational systems tools in complex situations

Methodology

The workshop will run with an emphasis on theory-practice. The participants will be expected to do a lot of exercises and apply tools and frameworks to their own contexts, and learn collaboratively. Participants will also be provided pre-reads to help them prepare for the workshop.

Who should attend

The workshop is ideally suited for mid and senior level leadership and management in the social sector who are keen to take the learning back to their organisation, become system thinkers and resolve complex social challenges.

Fees: Non-residential programme

Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 16,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants

Limited need based scholarships available.

Date: 3-5 October 2019     Location: Noida (Venue: ISDM Campus)

Faculty

Mihir Mathur

Founder Director, DESTA Research LLP

Mihir is an interdisciplinary researcher working on sustainability and climate change issues with an aim to develop systemic solutions. His expertise is in Systems Thinking, System Dynamics Modeling, Group Model Building, Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Resource Management. Mihir began his career in banking and stock markets, and moved into the world of sustainability research in 2009. He worked in the Climate Change Adaptation Programme of Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune before moving to TERI, New Delhi. Mihir did his B.Com from MS University, Vadodara and Post-Graduation in Finance from SCMLD. Currently he is a visiting faculty for systems thinking at Tata Institute for Social Sciences - Hyderabad, Indian School of Development Management - Noida, School for International Training - Jaipur, India Leaders for Social Sector - Ashoka University and India Fellows - Delhi. He has written book chapters, journal papers and presented his work in several conferences worldwide.

Kabir Sharma

Founder-Director, DESTA Research LLP

Kabir Sharma studied physics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in his bachelor’s and completed a dual masters in nuclear physics and engineering from the Universities of Paris and Delhi in 2013. He worked briefly at the Atomic Energy Commission in France on mathematical modelling of nuclear systems before realizing the importance of working on sustainable development, energy and environmental concerns, especially in India, and switching careers. After making this decision, he worked with a number of institutions, including Centre for Policy Research, American India Foundation, The Energy and Resources Institute(TERI) and Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) on a diverse set of sustainable development projects. His work has involved extensive field work in rural India as well as policy research through energy and environment-economy modelling. He has been using systems thinking and system dynamics simulation modelling for over five years and has applied them to systems ranging from city systems to coupled human-nature systems to systems surrounding complex social problems. He co-founded DESTA in 2018.

Dr. Aruna Pandey

PhD (SOAS), MSW (TISS - Mumbai)

Senior Research Fellow, ISDM

Aruna comes with deep engagement in domains of Natural Resource Governance, Institution Building and Sustainable Livelihoods. In her 13 years of experiencing and co-creating social change with communities, Aruna has worked with institutions like BRLF, an autonomous society of Ministry of Rural Development - Government of India, TISS (Mumbai), SOAS - University of London, IIM - Ahmedabad, ISAP (New Delhi), on projects supported / in partnership with IDRC, UNDP, UNEP, InfoDev, UNV, etc. Her domain of expertise and interest are environmental governance, social research, education/ innovation and Institution Building. She has received the Young Analyst Award by EU and DPG, the prestigious M. K. Tata Prize and the NTPC gold medal for her dissertation at TISS (Mumbai) and the Felix Scholarship Trust award for her PhD at SOAS, amongst others. Aruna also is a board member of Swechha - We for Change Foundation.

At ISDM, Aruna leads the Knowledge and Research Centre. As faculty for ISDM’s post-graduate programme in Development Leadership, Aruna also co-leads and supports learning modules on Environment and Development, Systems Design for Social Interventions and Radical Transformation Leadership amongst many others. Before ISDM, Aruna was heading the Research and Capacity Building vertical at Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation. Aruna is also part of the Honeybee Network, a volunteer network, spread across 75 countries, engaged in the development of a sustainable knowledge ecosystem. 

Fees:
Non-residential programme
Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant
Rs 16,000/- +GST per participant for 2 or more participants
Date:
3-5 October 2019
Location:
Noida (Venue: ISDM Campus)

Coming soon to Mumbai and Bangalore

Programme Calendar

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All programmes will be held in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore.
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Systems Thinking for Social Change 3rd - 5th October 2019 Delhi-NCR Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant

Rs 16,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants
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Designing Interventions for Social Change in Complex Systems 17th - 19th October 2019 Delhi-NCR Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant

Rs 16,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants
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Behaviour Change Communication for Social Change 15th - 16th November 2019 Mumbai Rs 13,500/- + GST per participant

Rs 12,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants
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Leading and Managing People 12th - 14th December 2019 Bangalore Rs 17,500/- + GST per participant

Rs 16,000/- + GST per participant for 2 or more participants
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