GROOCx: Social Learning for Social Impact

Instructors: Prof. Henry Mintzberg, Prof. Leslie Breitner, Dr. Anita Nowak & Carlos Rueda

Dates offered:

  • Starting September 16, 2015 (completed)


Do you want to make a difference in the world by collaborating with other like-spirited individuals from around the globe? Maybe you’re already working with a group doing social impact work – in an established organization/NGO or not. Perhaps you have an idea for a social initiative and want to team up with others, locally or virtually, or maybe you’re just concerned about the direction the world is heading and want to join a global conversation about creating some positive, sustainable change. If so, our GROOC is for you.

Our GROOC has a distinct pedagogy: we believe profound learning happens when people share their experiences with each other, ask questions and tell stories. It’s called social learning. There are no right or wrong answers, and no tests along the way. Instead, you’ll delve into relevant issues that concern all social initiatives, at any stage of development, including: how to organize them, design them, fund them, grow them and assess them.

Over seven sessions, you will be exposed to concepts and models from our four course designers and will hear from top international scholars and practitioners who combine the best thinking with the most effective doing. Plus, you’ll have access to more than 20 “deep dive” interviews with fascinating individuals who are at the forefront of creating social change, including Muhammad Yunus, Mary Gordon, Marshall Ganz, etc.

The goal of our GROOC is simple: to inspire the creation of social initiatives that will help rebalance society. Join us to engage in meaningful social learning with a worldwide network of people who want to create a better world together.

Learn more about the GROOC here.

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

L'Université McGill est sur un emplacement qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rencontre et d'échange entre les peuples autochtones, y compris les nations Haudenosaunee et Anishinabeg. Nous reconnaissons et remercions les divers peuples autochtones dont les pas ont marqué ce territoire sur lequel les peuples du monde entier se réunissent maintenant.