Global Change Agents will incorporate a range of interactive learning activities, including presentations, dialogues, documentaries, experiments, personal case studies, and readings:
- Facilitation through presentation, dialogue, and rigorous inquiry
While there will be some presentations, the program will engage participants through a provocative, interactive, and highly challenging process of inquiry and dialogue. The approach is designed to get participants to explore deeply held assumptions, perspectives, and beliefs about leadership, power, influence and what it means to orchestrate change and produce progress.
- Videos and documentaries
Some short documentary presentations and cases pertaining to the exercise of leadership and the facilitation of change will be used to stimulate discussion and illustrate concepts.
- Experiments and exercises
The curriculum will use a variety of experiments and exercises to provoke reflection and get people examining different facets of change, leadership, power, authority, and creativity. The experiments will also be used for zooming in and zooming out. ‘Zooming in’ means focusing on the self as an instrument of power, while ‘zooming out’ means taking a broader view to diagnose the impact of one’s power and interventions on a system.
- Personal case study
Each participant will be required to write a short case about a difficult challenge, problem or opportunity they are confronting. This will provide an opportunity to explore how the individual diagnoses the uses, frames problems, reasons about adaptive challenges, and intervenes to mobilize people and resources. Cases will be analyzed and discussed so that the executive can reflect on their approach, design new interventions, and enhance their overall capacity to be a skilled change agent.
- Readings and handouts
Every participant will receive a copy of Faculty Chair Dean Williams’ book Real Leadership and a set of articles and handouts that will highlight important concepts, illustrate intervention strategies, and provoke thinking and self-reflection.