Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Sustainable Enterprise

This course will investigate the concept of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise, and what this looks like both in the developed as well as in the developing world, with special emphasis on Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

This course will investigate the concept of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise, and what this looks like both in the developed as well as in the developing world, with special emphasis on Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa. The course will explore how Social Entrepreneurship differs to traditional entrepreneurship, as well as how it relates to Social Innovation. We will look at various examples of Social Enterprises and the kinds of business models used, as well as their legal structures and the implications thereof. We will discuss innovative financing approaches and what would be appropriate for which stage of the enterprise. Finally we take a look at how one can measure and evaluate the impact social enterprises have. The course will also delve into topics such as leading change in organizations and society, and students will get the opportunity to discover their own leadership and entrepreneurial qualities through practical applications of concepts and frameworks.

Target Group

Anyone who has an enterprise idea, regardless of what stage the idea is at, or who has ambitions to become a changemaker will enjoy and benefit from this module. The module will also be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the concept of social enterprise/entreprenurship and the bigger trends in business and in the political economy that will have an impact on how we run our enterprises and organsations in the future.

Vanessa

Vanessa von der Heyde did her MPhil through the SI in 2013 and was so inspired by this life-changing journey that she graduated with a burning desire to not only be a changemaker herself, but also enable others to be changemakers in working towards a more equitable, inclusive and resilient world.