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change course is what our society needs to do, facing the challenges in front of us.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide the dreamers of today with the tools they need to solve the problems of tomorrow.
Some say that dreaming is dead and that the days of great explorers have passed. We say that the dreamers of today have a responsibility - that dreaming has never been more important.

There are problems in front of us, some so overwhelming that many choose to ignore them. But for those who dare to dream of solutions, no mountain is too high to climb.

WE BELIEVE IN

OUR METHOD

We believe that the best way to learn is to try.
To experiment and fail; to learn from our failures. The school is a safe environment where expertise is plenty and the risks very managable - we intend to make the best possible use of this fact.

As a participant in change course you will not only take part in the education, but also have an integral part in its development. It is important that the course fits you, as it would be a shame to try to change you to fit the course.

change course is an education in radical improvement; radical change.

THE PROGRAM

change course is comprised of two stand-alone years of full-time studies: The Changemaker's Toolbox & Making Impact. This means that you can follow the full two-year program or either of the two years independently, whatever suits your wants and needs.

You will undertake the eduation together with a group of highly motivated changemakers from all over the EU. The working language is English, though all school staff members are also proficient in Swedish.

Important dates for the upcoming year:

Apply before: 5 July 2019
Fall semester: 19 Aug - 20 Dec 2019
Spring semester: 7 Jan - 5 June 2020

THE CHANGEMAKER'S TOOLBOX

During the first year of change course our main focus is on building your toolbox - to experiment with tools and methods for changemaking out in the real world. To do this we construct our own social lab, complete with leadership, teams, processes and functions for continuous improvement.

During these project phases:
• Establishing preconditions
• Designing a lab
• Manifest change
• Lab future

We focus on the following topics:
• Social labs
• Issue mapping
• Design thinking
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Project management
• Organizational development
• Presentation & pitching

For more information, have a look at the course outline, which should give a good idea about what we will focus on during the year. Please note that this is work in progress, and changes should be expected.

Sounds interesting? How about sending us an application?

MAKING IMPACT

The second year of the education has a slightly different format. The majority of the year will be centered around a major project of your own. This will give you the means to completely immerse yourself in an issue and a solution of your choice, with school staff supporting you every step of the way.

During these two blocks:
• Design sprint as a service
• Starting my business

We focus on the following topics:
• Social entrepreneurship
• Design sprint
• Networks & ecosystems
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Project management
• Presentation & pitching
• Marketing & branding

AND WHEN I'M DONE?

There are many ways in which changemakers can make their impact. We can start a new business or non-profit. We can help transforming existing businesses to become more aware of how their behavior affect the world, and make that footprint a positive one. We can apply our methods and tools to serve the causes that are dear to us, whichever those causes might be.

One thing we're fairly certain of is that when the course is over, you'll leave with sharp problem solving skills and be on a mission to change things for the better. This together with like-minded individuals, some of which who will be your friends for life.

THE FOLK HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

The folk high school ("folkhögskola") is a nordic form of adult education. It is a place where people meet to study, connect and gain new insights. At the folk high school participants can complete unfinished high school studies, focus on deepening their interests or educate themselves for an occupation.

Studies in traditional school subjects go hand in hand with a more free form of knowledge acquisition. The living conversation, collaboration, personal development and participant influence are all central to the folk high school concept.

More information can be found here (pdf).
Or here (2 min. video).

VÄDDÖ FOLKHÖGSKOLA

Väddö Folkhögskola is located in the heart of beautiful Roslagen, Stockholm county. The school has, since its foundation 1879, been a place where people with diverse interests and goals live and study together. The closeness to sea and nature is a central element in the identity of the school, as well as the spirit of innovation and flexibility.

COST & FINANCING

The course is delivered through the Swedish folk high school system, and completely free of charge for EU/EFTA citizens.

If you are not a citizen of an EU/EFTA country there is a tuition fee of SEK 35 000 per semester, paid in advance. We have a maximum of two scholarships available for international participants, to cover tuition and boarding fees. Contact us directly if you are interested in applying for this scholarship.

Swedish students will be granted funding and loan from CSN to cover costs of living. A similar situation is true for participants from some other countries. Contact the relevant authority in your country for more information. If needed we can consult directly with your case manager.

If you choose to stay on campus, there is a monthly fee of SEK 4159 - 4697 (approx. EUR 400-450) per month depending on room standard. In this fee food is included from monday breakfast until friday lunch. The boarding facilities are complete with fully equipped kitchens for cooking during other times of the week.

If you decide to live off campus there is a fee of SEK 5460 (approx EUR 520) per semester to cover lunch, coffee, and arrangements for special events.

More information is available in Swedish on the website of Väddö Folkhögskola. If you prefer English, please contact us directly at: info@changecourse.se

Are you one of our 18 aspiring changemakers, crazy enough to think you can reform the world? (You can.)

IS THIS FOR ME?

The education is classified as gymnasial adult education. This means that we're looking for indivuduals who are at least 18 years of age, and who have completed an education at the elementary school level. However, we aim to keep the content level closer to what an university would deliver.

You do not need to have a solid idea of what it is you would like to focus your energy on during the education period, this is something we can explore together. What you DO need is the motivation and energy to make a positive difference.

All lectures and workshops are conducted in English, meaning that conversational level understanding of the English language is a requirement for admission.

HOW TO APPLY

There are a couple of spots available to reach the magical number of 18 for The Changemaker's Toolbox 2019/2020. Are you one of the people we're looking for? Please download and fill in the application form. (The fancy signup machine is not quite ready yet.)

Send the completed for via email: apply@changecourse.se or by post to:
change course
Väddö Folkhögskola
Grisslehamnsvägen 28
764 31 Väddö
Sweden

Make sure we receive your application latest 5 July 2019. Interviews and admissions are handled on a running basis, so you might be better off applying early.

The application window for Making Impact opens early 2020.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Väddö folkhögskola and change course does not discriminate on nationality, age, gender, background, sexual orientation or disabilities. Except for our motivativation to make a positive impact, diversity is what brings us together.

TELL ME MORE

We would love to tell you more! Feel free to send any questions or thoughts you might have to info@changecourse.se, or come visit anytime!

THE TEAM

The change course core team:

And as we move along, our fantastic mentors, guest lecturers and workshop facilitators will be listed below. (If they want to.)

CONTACT

PUBLIC DOMAIN

This website, together with all other material developed for change course, is licensed under a Creative Commons CC0 License. This means that we don't own this work any more than you do, and we encourage you to use it in any way you see fit. For more information, read the legal code. All material can also be found in our GitHub repo.

By: B Nauclér & Studio Fenix