We humans have been asking this question of ourselves and our communities for millennia; however, for most of us, throughout most of history, acting upon our answers was cost prohibitive. Indeed, manifesting social change was reserved for the wealthy and powerful few. Their answers were the answers that shaped the arc of social change. No longer. Advances in technology have allowed increasing numbers of us to offer up our own answers, connect, collaborate, and collectively participate in the process of local and systemic change.  

In How to Change the World (HTCTW), we work with you to design experiences, open digital spaces for dialogue and combine creative campaigning with technology to launch new social movements, build change-making organizations, and construct platforms to ignite social transformation.

Isn’t HTCTW a bit grandiose of a title?

It is. But, consider this causal chain of reasoning: We can change the world by changing public policy. And, who changes public policy? Politicians and other decision makers. In turn, we can influence them by shifting public sentiment. Public sentiment shifts with shifts in our culture. And, we can shift our culture through telling stories, sharing experiences, launching campaigns, sparking conversations, mobilizing movements and leading marches.

Now, this causal chain of reasoning makes changing the world sound quick and easy. It is not. Far from it. Sustainable social change is a long and arduous process. But, it is a starting point.

Who is this class for?

Students who imagine their future-selves as investigative journalists, public interest lawyers, teachers, politicians (at all levels of government), artists, activists, grassroots movement mobilizers, community organizers, religious leaders, thought leaders, civil servants, documentarians, social enterprise owners, and non-profit founders. HTCTW works with students looking to address problems in arts/culture, education, environment, food/agriculture, health/healthcare, human rights, poverty alleviation/economic development, or public service/civic engagement

So, let us ask you, where should we go?