Applications Open through August 10

Catalyze Social Impact and Deepen Your Leadership Skills

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Are you or someone you know in Edinburgh ready for an opportunity to accelerate the social impact of your work and develop an innovative approach to social change?

Apply to participate in the "Virtual Classroom+" (VC+) offered by DSIL Course and gain knowledge and skills in human-centered design, systems change, 21st century leadership, business innovation and more. Join a global network of like-minded individuals who are creatively addressing society’s biggest challenges. Learn from leaders in their fields while collaborating with local changemakers to design a social innovation initiative grounded in Edinburgh. Applications are due by 10 August 2016. Learn more on the VC+ application site here and below.

What is DSIL?

Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership is an unconventional executive education experience and program academically backed by the Centre for Executive Education of the United Nations mandated University for Peace.

Who is DSIL?

We are a growing impact community of nearly 100 alumni from over 35 countries -and we are looking for people with passion, vision and readiness to create social impact in their local communities. Learn more on the official application page here.

Is This Opportunity Right for Me?

DSIL is designed for cross-sector active professionals, practitioners, and graduate students who are ready to grow their knowledge, transferable skills and social capital network through live online sessions. Since launching in 2014, we have selected the top of 600+ applicants from more than 80 countries. Get inspired by the alumni here.

Why Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh VC+ course is a new option that includes face-to-face time with other VC participants and local community participants. Field experiences will be based in Edinburgh and the primary emphasis will be on each participant designing an individual or collaborative social innovation project.

Where and When is this "VC+" 2016 Course?

  • Virtual Classroom: August 15 - December 15
  • Edinburgh: Through bi-monthly meet-ups across 5 months)

*locations and times will be determined by those who register and aim to be the most convenient according to everyone's schedule.

How do I apply?

See the application site here.

What is the difference between the VC+ course and the DSIL course?

DSIL course participants traditionally complete the VC course independently and then join a 10-day fieldwork experience in Southeast Asia. The VC+ course will build a local community of change makers through regular face-to-face meetings. It will also offer additional input and guidance from a facilitator with deep knowledge of the social innovation sector. VC+ participants will do all of their fieldwork in Edinburgh and will design a specific social innovation initiative as part of the course.

Is the training certified? Yes!

Participants who successfully complete the Virtual Classroom+ requirements will receive a "Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership: VC+ Edinburgh" Certificate granted by the Centre for Executive Education, United Nations (UN) University for Peace Conflict Studies and leave with knowledge and skills of implementing Human-Centered Design across their work. Learn more about the blended learning curriculum below.

What is the course cost?

The Edinburgh VC+ course is a unique option that includes face-to-face time with other VC participants and local Edinburgh, Scotland community participants.

⇢ 5 month Virtual Classroom (15 live sessions)

⇢ Bi-monthly field sessions in Edinburgh (10 sessions)

⇢ Centre for Executive Education (CEE) Certificate

⇢ Program Cost = £605 / USD$815

Meet Your Edinburgh Social Impact Facilitator

Cat has spent most of the last 15 years working in participatory development and education around the world. She has facilitated stakeholder engagement; designed training courses; developed community leadership teams; and created an adaptive methodology of community and organisational development that emphasizes the importance of asking questions and listening to people. She is currently working with the Edinburgh Living Lab to develop city - University research collaborations around urban challenges with a focus on stimulating citizen-driven innovation through open data and participatory design. She loves the complexity of urban issues but is most at home wandering over random hills and cycling through immense mountain landscapes. She studied Social Innovation Management with the Amani Institute in Kenya and Ecosystem Services at the University of Edinburgh.You can find out a bit more about her at

DSIL 2016 - Join Us! Final Call for Applications is June 13th
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Who will you add to your social innovation and impact network?