How to Change the World
at Together 2018
4–6 November 2018
How to Change the World (#HtCtW) is an experiential professional education programme designed to equip participants with the skills, tools and understanding needed to develop innovative and robust solutions to our global societies’ grand challenges.
The Programme: #HtCtW at Together 2018
On Sunday 4 November 2018, participants in the How to Change the World (#HtCtW) programme at Together 2018 will begin their experience with an immersive, full-day experiential education programme. Assembled into small diverse teams with new colleagues from different disciplines and sectors, participants will be guided by an internationally experienced teaching team through a design studio tackling broad, open-ended (aka ‘Wicked’) societal challenges built around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each challenge will be brought to life for participants in a specific global
On Monday 5 November, HtCtW participants will take part in the full-day Together 2018 Symposium. Participants will be prepped on Sunday, and supported by coaches throughout the day on Monday, to maximise the integrated learning they receive from the Symposium and HtCtW programme.
On Tuesday 6 November, HtCtW participants will take part in Together 2018 Workshops and exclusive HtCtW Sessions that bolster and consolidate their learning. These HtCtW Sessions will focus on how participants can translate and mobilise the knowledge and skills they have gained into
HtCtW @ Together 2018 will be led by the co-creator of the How to Change the World programmes at University College London, Dr Jason Blackstock… who also happens to be an Alberta-born Canadian!
Who should attend HtCtW?
This How to Change the World programme is ideally suited for early-career* professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as graduate and upper-year undergraduate students. It is aimed at participants who have (or are developing) their own areas of expertise,** and who are interested in exploring how to leverage that expertise to create positive societal change.
HtCtW is particularly valuable for participants who aspire to develop innovative solutions to tackling societal challenges. The programme is structured to enable participants to generate and exchange numerous entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial ideas that could sustainably generate positive societal impact, and — more importantly — to learn and practice the skills and tools needed to replicate that experience in other environments.
* Typically within the first ~10 years of your professional career (though we regularly have participants with more experience participate and report significant benefit from the programme).
** The programme is designed to accommodate a wide range of professional and academic expertise (e.g. engineering, business, law, science, social science, humanities).
Why attend HtCtW?
You should attend HtCtW @ Together 2018 if:
• You want to develop an expanded understanding of how you — in collaboration with a diverse range of new colleagues — could leverage your expertise and interests to effectively address the UN Sustainable Development Goals within your professional context and/or community.
• You want to learn or practice
• You want to learn or practice skills and tools for devising entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral ideas for sustainable change within your organisation, industry or community.
• You want to gain unique, CV-enhancing experience working intensively with a diverse team of new colleagues to devise ideas that could sustainably tackle targeted aspects of ‘Wicked’ societal challenges.
Keith Clarke CBE, former CEO of Atkins
“The programme provides participants with essential training in how to define the questions at the heart of a challenge and work on multidisciplinary projects. This approach to education is where industry needs to go.”
Annelies Tjebbes, former Community Impact Director, Engineers Without Borders
“Lots of great interaction with insightful leaders, putting us to the test to solve tough challenges, engaging beyond the technical side of engineering.”
Background of How to Change the World
How to Change the World (#HtCtW) began in 2014 as an addition to accredited Engineering and Management undergraduate degrees at University College London (UCL), one of the World’s premier universities. This unique experiential course was originally developed to complement these already technically-robust degrees in response to growing demand from employers and graduates. While professional expertise
Now run annually at UCL as a two-week intensive course for over 700 students, HtCtW has become the Capstone course for these undergraduate degrees. With its unique experiential learning pedagogy integrating problem-based learning and real-world scenario challenges, HtCtW develops invaluable complex problem-solving and interdisciplinary
Owing to the success of the UCL programmes, since 2016 the HtCtW pedagogy has been converted into standalone professional education programmes that are now run regularly for global networks such as the G20 Young Global Changers, and as part of international conferences organised by institutions such as the UK Royal and US National Academies of Engineering. Since its inception, HtCtW programmes have reached over 3,500 participants, and featured over 100 high-profile partners organisations including:
This programme as part of Together 2018 is another example of our aim to share the empowering educational experience of How to Change the World with expanding networks around the world dedicated to
For more information about HtCtW @ Together 2018, or How to Change the World programmes more generally, you can email us here.