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Undercover Activist and Disrupt Development present POWER THE SHIFT
A series of 5 masterclasses for changemakers looking to shift power in their workplaces.

Calling all professional Changemakers!

What does it take to speak up and call out the BS in your work?

Standing up for what is right isn't always easy in a professional setting. It can cost you your reputation, or worse, your job. 

But being a troublemaker is not about creating chaos or disagreeing for the sake of it. In the face of injustice and racist systems, it's about calling out broken systems and seeing how we can do better. And in the face of our climate crisis, it's about resisting greenwashing and talking about what matters. 

Ready to speak up and get into necessary trouble? 

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5 Masterclasses on the following topics:

  • WEEK 1 - Activism in a Business Context
    In the introductory week, we dive into the meaning and different perceptions of activism over the last century. We will discuss how social movements have changed our societies and how they have influenced business over the years. We discuss how businesses are not democracies, why they resist organising bodies and why activism in business requires attention for safety (in numbers), understanding your privilege and knowing your rights.
  • WEEK 2 - Personal Agency
    This week takes you on a journey of discovery. What characteristics help activists? Which ones don’t? The story of change always begins with you. Take a moment to understand what drives you and embrace your inner activist. We take first steps to identify recurring patterns in our behaviour and work with what triggers us. How does acknowledging our own resistance help us see it and work with it in others?
  • WEEK 3 - Organising for Collective Action
    Standing for a cause is one thing. Getting people to join you is another skill all together. This week, we get to know a variety of organising strategies. How to connect to others and what to think of when gathering momentum for change.
  • WEEK 4  - Changing the Business
    Change is a process and it can be complex. This week, we take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Who else is part of our ecosystem? We learn how to map these actors and their interests and influence. And we look at existing frameworks for impact that can accelerate your cause.
  • WEEK 5 - From Theory to Action
    Each week, we will use on- and offline tools to practice the new skills. At the beginning of the course, you have identified an area of change within your business and we will use the rest of the module to co-create a plan of action. At the end of module 5, you will have a canvas full of ideas and actionable items.
  • WEEK 6 - Showing up with a Plan
    During the last week of the course it is your turn to write your own plan of action. What are the next steps you want take in order to achieve your goal? What do you still need for this, and how will you get this?

THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF YOU:

 

  • You are a professional in (for and non-profit) organisation who wants to explore capabilities needed to face and redefine power.

  • You want want to stand for what's right and get into necessary trouble

  • You are fed up with the ways of working and leading and wants to channel that frustration constructively

  • You want to (un)learn how to navigate change processes
     

THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR YOU IF YOU:

 

  • If you want to keep the status quo

  • If you are looking for a quick-fix formula for change

  • If you don’t think diverse voices are needed for decision-making

  • You want to shame and blame

  • You don’t believe change is possible and raisng your voice can make a difference

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  • WEEK 1 - Activism in a Business Context
    In the introductory week, we dive into the meaning and different perceptions of activism over the last century. We will discuss how social movements have changed our societies and how they have influenced business over the years. We discuss how businesses are not democracies, why they resist organising bodies and why activism in business requires attention for safety (in numbers), understanding your privilege and knowing your rights.
  • WEEK 2 - Personal Agency
    This week takes you on a journey of discovery. What characteristics help activists? Which ones don’t? The story of change always begins with you. Take a moment to understand what drives you and embrace your inner activist. We take first steps to identify recurring patterns in our behaviour and work with what triggers us. How does acknowledging our own resistance help us see it and work with it in others?
  • WEEK 3 - Organising for Collective Action
    Standing for a cause is one thing. Getting people to join you is another skill all together. This week, we get to know a variety of organising strategies. How to connect to others and what to think of when gathering momentum for change.
  • WEEK 4  - Changing the Business
    Change is a process and it can be complex. This week, we take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Who else is part of our ecosystem? We learn how to map these actors and their interests and influence. And we look at existing frameworks for impact that can accelerate your cause.
  • WEEK 5 - From Theory to Action
    Each week, we will use on- and offline tools to practice the new skills. At the beginning of the course, you have identified an area of change within your business and we will use the rest of the module to co-create a plan of action. At the end of module 5, you will have a canvas full of ideas and actionable items.
  • WEEK 6 - Showing up with a Plan
    During the last week of the course it is your turn to write your own plan of action. What are the next steps you want take in order to achieve your goal? What do you still need for this, and how will you get this?
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Your facilitators

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Nina Pavlovska is a learning experience designer and a senior strategic facilitator with extensive track record in the international cooperation and development sector. With 10+ years of experience working globally in the field of research, leadership development and innovation, she has had the opportunity to design, co-create and catalyze programs putting the user in the center and foster sustainability and ownership. Nina is an activist, feminist and a post-growth entrepreneur. Through her current work she designs and delivers learning journeys tailored to participants’ needs, holding a brave spaces for difficult conversations and unleash individual and group potential to move towards sustainable behavior and systems change.

She brings in expertise, tools and frameworks from the field of design thinking, applied creative facilitation, systems thinking and practice, Deep Democracy, speculative design and future thinking, as well as mindfulness and embodiment. She is the founder of ZEZA Learning Experience Design, a steward of Disrupt Development and a senior strategic facilitator of the GRID Impact Collective.

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Tessa Wernink is a business activist, facilitator and podcast maker, with extensive experience in strategic communication and business campaigning. She has 10+ years experience in building and guiding campaigning enterprises and how to use business models to shift drive systemic change. She is co-founder of Fairphone and initiator of the podcast series What If We Get It Right? Her current work through the Undercover Activist continues to focus on making organizations the catalyzers of a just transition by emboldening people to speak up and take action around social and environmental issues in the workplace. She guides and coaches junior and senior employees to work towards internal cultures that nurture collective leadership and make sure every job can be a climate job.

Born in Hong Kong, Tessa has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Japan, China, England and Israel. She studied English literature, communications and international development in Amsterdam and has since trained in journalism, deep democracy, non-violent communications, design and systems thinking. She is a frequent guest lecturer for the Rotterdam School of Management and is a THNK Creative Leadership alumni. She is mother of three boys.

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The masterclasses are independent from each other, and also build up on each other as a cohesive learning journey. You can choose to sign up for one, more or all of them based on your interest, budget and enthusiasm. In order to be as inclusive as possible, we are offering a discounted option.

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