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High Impact Innovation Design

Course Description:

This course is for people who want to see REAL CHANGE.

How you conceptualize a problem greatly determines how you conceptualize the solution. We therefore in this course look at ’cause based analysis’ rather than the symptoms of a problem. This course brings together social sciences and system sciences in order to give you key skills for how to understand problems systemically/structurally as well as socially. You might be someone just starting to explore social impact or maybe you’re a seasoned change-maker who wants to make a deeper impact. Either way, this course is for you. This course provides you with knowledge, skills, and resources so that you can understand how to make a real impact in both theory and practice for Integral Societal Transformation. We will work in groups to design and develop “Socio-Systemic Innovation Prototypes”. By the end of the course, you will have a 2D prototype of a high impact socio-systemic project.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • explain the fundamentals of entrepreneurship;
  • describe transdisciplinary research practice;
  • explain the basics of systems thinking and key concepts in system sciences;
  • explain key social science concepts in relation to social change;
  • explain the basics of design science and designing 2D prototypes/innovations; and,
  • reflect on your collaboration and team skills.


Prof. Julene Siddique MA, MMus, CERT

Julene is the arts and impact specialist for the Global Leadership 21 project – a partnership between the World Academy of Art and Science and UN Office Geneva. Through this she is bringing forward arts within the socio-systemic framework for global systems change. She is at the cutting edge of socio-systemic research and the new paradigm of social sciences bringing together system sciences and social sciences for an integral science of society. Her research is focused on understanding mindsets, mechanisms and intersectional dynamics occurring between individual and collective processes of change and transformation. She is an active contributor towards the new paradigm of social sciences being brought forward by The World Academy of Art and Science. She holds an MA in Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University London as well as an MMus in Composition from the Royal College of Music.

Guest Interviews on this course include:

  • Dr. Alexander Laszlo – President of the Bertalanffy Centre for System Sciences
  • Anneloes Smittman – CEO of Earthwise & Scholar in Systems Change
  • Michael Dunn – Advocate for Restoration of Rule of Law and Spokesperson for the Sovereign Court of International Justice
  • Pavel Luksha – Founder and CEO of Global Education Futures
  • Pheonix Goodman – Founder of Public Bank LA and Co-Founder of Revolution LA
  • Dr. Mila Popovich – Expert at Katerva and Chair at World Academy of Art and Science
  • Ruben Nelson – Executive Director of Foresight Canada

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

The rules guiding our assignment collection and grading process can be found here: Ubiquity University Grading Policy

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We allow students at all academic levels to participate in our online courses. However, those students who are enrolled in MA or PhD programs are expected to offer a more sophisticated analysis on reflection tasks, writing assignments, and in the final creative assignment. You will be graded commensurate with your degree level. Except for the Final Creative Assignment, word counts are offered as guidelines. If you need to exceed the word counts to submit an MA or PhD level response, you may feel free to do so as long as the word count expansion is reasonable and necessary.

Course Contact Information:

Live Virtual Classroom macrocourses are delivered by faculty in live Zoom sessions. You will have a course facilitator who is available to answer questions and offer additional assistance and that information will be provided to you upon registration. Please do not email faculty directly with any technology or registration issues.

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