Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership 2015

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The UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, in collaboration with Sarus, a Cambodian based peacebuilding NGO, is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 field-based course in Southeast Asia, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL). DSIL was launched in 2014 and marks a brand new model for the Centre, combining an online classroom with guided field immersions in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. DSIL is a global field experience course for entrepreneurs and social impact driven changemakers. The program is designed for graduate students, young to mid-career professionals and practitioners interested in creating sustainable impact and systems change through social enterprise.

DSIL is expanding in 2015 to include a total of five different tracks open to potential participants, offering a ‘Virtual Classroom’ and field dates from August through December. Two tracks will follow the model developed in 2014, which includes field immersion in Cambodia and Thailand (Tracks B & C), and in addition there are two new tracks, one with travel to the Philippines (Track A), and one focused specifically on creative media in Cambodia through a ‘Creative Media Lab’ (Track X). Track X participants will learn how to leverage media in order to design and tell stories that create social impact through a week focused on sharpening media production skills, tactics and technique.

In 2014, DSIL attracted nearly 400 applications from over 100 countries. Last October and November, 30 participants representing 20 countries, came together for a 10 day field experience across Bangkok, Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They met with local communities and social entrepreneurs leading innovation at the grassroots level; additionally 17 online ‘Virtual Classroom’ sessions with thought and field leaders from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe were held in conjunction. Meet the alumni, speakers and learn more details at

DSIL will also count as part of the Centre’s Diploma in Social Innovation, allowing participants to combine the two programs and receive additional credentials by participating in the full Diploma offering. The Diploma consists of taking 5 online courses over an 18-month period, including one required course, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change.

We’re looking forward to growing and expanding the course this year, and we invite any interested applicants to apply by May 11th in order to be considered for partial scholarships at Please contact for more information.



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