Course in Change Your Thinking, Change the World

General

Program Description

3 hours/week, 4 Weeks + 2 Weeks for Final Creative Assignment

This micro-course on innovation and breakthrough thinking covers the topics you wish you formally learned but never did. Starting with self-reflection to understand our own identity and world view, we will create a baseline for how we currently think so our thinking can evolve. To be change agents in our disrupted, rapidly changing, and connected world, we have to learn new strategies to think differently and understand how our actions impact internal and external systems. This micro-course covers foundational principles, and it is framed with simple questions that bring clarity to thinking processes and creates a universal language to discuss the global change. While our world is in desperate need of solutions to solve grand challenges, all change must first start within ourselves and our local communities. This course will challenge student’s current thinking patterns and problem-solving skills to provide a foundation for deeper strategic learning, and leading as a change agent.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this micro-course you should be able to:

  • Identify the different types of thinking and what strategies can be used in different scenarios.
  • Adapt current behaviors and patterns to create new ways of thinking and solving problems.
  • Understand the processes used to elicit creativity from themselves and their teams.
  • Analyze individual and organizational roadblocks to thinking differently and create management techniques to overcome them.
  • Recognize systems, identify why systems matter, and consider problems from a systems view.

Faculty

Emily Reineke, MA, CAE is a Senior Associate at MCI USA and serves as the Managing Director for ITechLaw Association – a global association with 1,000 members that runs conferences on 3-4 continents each year. Her background is in education and she is a leader in both the non-profit and association communities. Highlights of her recent successes include being recognized as a Forty Under 40 Leader by Association Forum in 2016 and launching an international student competition, which was a 2015 recipient of a Power of A Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She regularly speaks and writes on global affairs, education, and systems thinking. Emily holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Marywood University.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

How you personally develop, what gifts you bring into the world, and how effectively you bring these gifts to your community, are all critical to how our collective future will unfold. If you know you ... Read More

How you personally develop, what gifts you bring into the world, and how effectively you bring these gifts to your community, are all critical to how our collective future will unfold. If you know you are here to help bring forth a new world, if you are drawn to cultivating your gifts within an open-minded, diverse learning community, if you are motivated by a question-led life and an exploration of mystery, then Ubiquity might be the right fit for you. Read less
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