Learning as Social Innovation
Keywords:social innovation, positive deviants fellowship, complexity theory, developmental psychology, transformative learning
Learning drives social innovation. It is the desired outcome, the primary tool and the personal praxis shared by all social innovators. In this paper we describe a whole-person learning initiative that seeks to build social innovation competencies and capacities and we discuss the growing conversation between inner work and system change approaches. We offer a brief overview of the literature related to the interior qualities exhibited by effective social innovators along with the learning approaches required to cultivate them. We describe the program framework for a learning innovation called the Positive Deviants Fellowship that draws from complexity theory, developmental psychology and transformative learning, and articulate four core systems learning principles that shape its design by way of inviting further conversation with other social innovators.
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