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#MillionsofChangemakers Commitments Guide

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Higher education innovators can use this guide to help develop their commitment for the #MillionsofChangemakers campaign.

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#MillionsofChangemakers Commitments Guide

  1. 1. #MILLIONS OFCHANGE MAKERS COMMITMENTS GUIDE
  2. 2. Overview #MillionsofChangemakers is Ashoka U’s global call to action for colleges, universities, and higher education innovators to make commitments to activate and support changemakers of all kinds. Millionsofchangemakers.org More than anything else, the #MillionsofChangemakers campaign is a tool. Use it like a spotlight that you can shine on an idea, or initiative that you want to draw more attention to, bring more partners to work on, or take to the next level. ∙ Contributes to equipping or activating more changemakers. ∙ Is specific, measurable, and focuses on a new level of impact (this includes integrating, expanding, or deepening an existing initiative). ∙ Commitment leads take an intentional approach to minimizing inadvertant harm caused by their commitment. Click here for A Primer on Responsible Changemaker Education. ∙ Commitment leads work in, or have a strong connection to higher education. Ashoka U will review all commitments to ensure they meet the following criteria: To help you determine your commitment we suggest you (and your team) go through the following steps outlined in this guide: Step #1: Read through our list of 19 ideas to spark your thinking. Step #2: Discuss the brainstorming questions to help you narrow in on your commitment. Step #3: Write it down using our commitment canvas as a guide. Step #4: Submit your commitment for review. We’ve also included a list of additional resources and initiatives that can help you realize your commitment. We’re looking forward to working together to activate #MillionsofChangemakers! Register for a Virtual Design Session Submit your commitment by May 31st.
  3. 3. Changemaker Education Focus Institutional Innovation Focus Ecosystem Building Expand access to changemaker education offerings to more students or community members. launch or expand a social innovation or changemaker centre or digital space. launch or expand a co-curricu- lar opportunity (i.e. incubators, competitions, skills training wor- kshops, fellowships, internships, student organizations, innovation labs, on-campus conferences, or speaker series). commit additional staff time to support and integrate changemaker programming across the institution. embed changemaking or social innovation into the strategic plan. advance or invest in research that results in equipping changemakers, or making it easier to activate changemakers. contribute funding or other resources to enable changemakers in the community. Step #1 Get inspired launch or expand student life programming (i.e. orientation programming), or programming in/with residential dorms. develop institution wide or department wide changemaker learning outcomes. embed social innovation or changemaking into existing courses. launch or expand a changemaking or social innova- tion course or academic program (see the resource list for ideas). launch or expand a course pathway, (minor, major, certificate, or concentration). build awareness of student pathways that blend co-curricular and curricular changemaker opportunities. develop a training or event that increases the number of staff and faculty involved in changemaker initiatives. launch incentives/awards for teaching, community impact, or research that helps to equip more changemakers. switch to environmentally and socially conscious campus operations that model changemaking in action. develop an institution wide changemaking campaign, or storytelling campaign. host a convening which brings together faculty, staff, students, or community members who are interested in equipping more changemakers. partner with an Ashoka country office to support changemaking at a regional or national scale. Read some ideas to spark your thinking Note: This is not an exhaustive list – your commitment only needs to meet the criteria outlined on pg. 1. Interested in specific examples of what these look like on a campus? Set up a coaching call.
  4. 4. Choose a Challenge Choose a Goal Sketch a Plan What would be easy for you to achieve? What would a stretch goal look like? Which goal are you most excited to work on? Of all the potential ideas you’ve listed which would benefit most from additional visibility and connections that you don’t yet have? Who would be on your dream team? How could you measure success? How could Ashoka U’s network help you achieve that goal? Step #2 Brainstorm Step #3 Write it down What barriers do you see to activating or supporting more changemakers on your campus or in your community? Which of those challenges are you best positioned to work on? How could you address that challenge? Discuss your answers to these questions to help you choose a commitment. Use the canvas on the next page to draft your commitment statement. 321
  5. 5. Commitment Canvas NAME/TEAM/INSTITUTION: I/WE AIM FOR: AS A... PARTNERS: COMMITMENT: Millionsofchangemakers.org “Organization(s) ‘A’, commits to taking action ‘C’, with the goal of having ‘D’ impact in ‘X’ time”. I/WE WANT TO... KEY TASKS: SO I/WE CAN... RESOURCES: COMMITMENT LEAD(S): BY: / / Role Deliverable Achievement DateUnit# #MILLIONS OFCHANGE MAKERS
  6. 6. Step #4 Submit you commitment commitment was accepted. You (and your team) will be invited to join Ashoka U’s learning community. For a head start check out the resources below! Grand Challenges Scholar Program: Comprehensive program for Schools of Engineering. Project Wayfinder: Find your purpose curriculum. INTERNATIONAL Coding it Forward: Social impact internships for technology students. Global Citizen Year: Gap year integration for students. Interfaith Youth Corps: Faculty and student interfaith training and resources to work across difference. NORTH AMERICAN PROGRAMS Changemaker Institutions: How Higher Education can use social innovation to better prepare students, transform campus culture, and lead society towards a better future. Preparing Students for a Rapidly Changing World: Learning Outcomes in Social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Changemaker Education. For more resources visit https://ashokau.org/resources Have something to add to this list? Get in touch: jlax@ashoka.org We’ll be asking for your pro- #MillionsofChangemakers award winners will be selec- ted and recognized at the 2020 Ashoka U Exchange. Attend a virtual design session (register HERE) if you have more questions about the process. Set up a coaching call HERE if you need more ideas or feedback on your commitment. Submit your commitment HERE Changemaker education programs & initiatives Resources Solutions U: Database of solutions journalism stories. Transformative Action Institute: Curriculum and Faculty training. Map the System: Global competition to map a social problem. Ashoka U innovation awards: Learn about exemplary curricular, co- curricular, and institutional change approaches in the Ashoka U network. Big Ideas Competition Toolkit from UC Berkely: guide to launching a social impact competition on your campus. Social Impact Educators Toolkit: Impact Gap Canvas and curriculum guidance. Maximizing the Capacity of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities: highlights examples of how institutions can use their assets to improve their communities. gress updates in Feb.2020. before May 31st, 2019. You’ll hear back in June 2019 if your

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