Intraprendenti is one of the training courses that the Cottino Social Impact Campus organizes, designs and delivers in partnership with the Polytechnic University of Turin.
The training focuses are oriented towards understanding ecosystems for territorial innovation, with specific reference to socio-economic and environmental impacts and towards practices, methodologies and tools for analysis and impact assessment. Thanks to the transformative educational approach, the course case-based approach aims to lead to the presentation of paradigmatic cases relating to national and international innovation ecosystems.
In addition, students will be accompanied by Cottino Social Impact Campus tutors and experts to investigate impact issues in connection with three key fields of innovation ecosystems:
Deserving students with the access requirements in the call and enrolled in the second year of the Engineering and Architecture Degree Program of the Polytechnic University of Turin.
Students are led to reflect on the multiple declinations of impact through the development of project activities and concrete cases, tutoring by the Cottino Social Impact Campus.
The impact dimension is addressed according to an ecosystem approach, paying attention to the interactions between the business world, the world of research and universities and the role of policies
maker and society.
24 hours of lectures and tutoring divided in:
It is the new advanced training course for people involved in the civil, social and economic development of local communities with a multidisciplinary and hands-on approach characterized by the simultaneous presence of training and acquisition of technical management tools.
Campus’ skills in social impact context converge in three activity areas:
Campus brings all its methodological know-how into the four modules of the transformative teaching path to guide participants in the implementation of the cognitive construct towards practical experimentation to achieve effective changes.
The Talents are guided towards the construction of a real social change thanks to an applied tutorship, the methodological approach of design thinking ant practical project management tools.
A further innovative aspect of the course is the training module “Narrating the Community” designed ad hoc by the Cottino Social Impact Campus experts and focuses on experiences, case studies and tools for interpreting the community, reflecting on the main ethical dilemmas and building a narrative able to make cohesive the community.
The training module focuses on three topics:
For people who daily commit themselves in the animation, promotion, civil, social and economic development of local communities.
The goals of the course are to provide skills to become community workers and to promote the development of local communities.
The course wants also to enhance the action effectiveness of operators in their communities, associating personal commitment with a greater understanding of the phenomena that affect local communities today, including metropolitan ones, and a set of skills to improve the planning, management and enhancement of initiatives in the area.
Option-E, Master in Management (MiM) Specialisation, ESCP Turin Campus
The course is the first joint Program in Impact Entrepreneurship co-designed by Cottino Social Impact Campus and ESCP Turin. Participants will be involved in a 120 hours-learning journey divided into 4 modules.
1 – THINK: aims at creating the ability to think and act ‘like an entrepreneur’. Participants will explore their personal entrepreneurial selves as well as learn and experience the entrepreneurial process through art thinking and design thinking.
2 – FORMULATE: lays the foundations for effective impact entrepreneurial action. The module focuses on. successful impact frameworks, leadership skills, including storytelling for change, marketing finance.
3 – EXECUTE: focuses on the major challenges in impact entrepreneurship, from social business modelling to family business. Participants will get access to the Cottino Social Impact Campus flagship program Explore.
4 – DISCOVER: consists of an Entrepreneurial Mission that requires its participants to team up and cooperate with actors from a local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
For graduate students (Bachelor or MSc) of any discipline, for early career profiles (maximum 3 years from MSc degree).
The aim of the course is to provide the tools, strategies and methods of impact entrepreneurship, making participants able to create their own social impact business and actively participate in it. The methods are manifold: lectures, case studies, testimonials, groupworks, simulations, plus an option for experiential learning, through an on-site visit to local impact entrepreneurs and social businesses.
Societies have always been guided by what philosophers have called “grand narratives” – a set of shared interpretations of the world that guide what we belief, what we value and how we act. Homo sapiens is hardwired for storytelling. While today, society seems to be rather characterized by an ongoing fragmentation of our narratives and growing disorientation and confusion, the desire to believe in something remains deeply rooted in human nature. How can we find stories and narratives for the future that tough people’s hearts and reenchant the world? How can organization leverage this need for narrative cohesion in order to promote their purpose? How did societies in previous historic phases use storytelling effectively? This course goes deep into human nature and history to figure out what we can learn for a powerful vision for a better future.
The aim of this day is to unlock the mysteries of powerful storytelling. Because the need to find orientation and the lack of such orientation in the current world blocks change and keeps us from moving more forcefully towards the ecological transition. The teaching methods are manifold: lectures, case studies, group discussions.
Can we design social impact? The challenge of this Impact Dive is to propose a positive answer to that question. But how? Along this journey participants will dive into a formative experience aimed at providing the main useful tools to generate social impact. Starting from the modalities through which understand the context of one’s own action – also by a double mapping of context/stakeholders and challenges/opportunities – the faculty will guide towards the design for change: from the construction of a co-vision of the world and the future to the participatory design tools. This Impact Dive provides means and strategies from the design disciplines, to formulate, prototype, catalyze and institutionalize social impact and change.
For those involved in the design for social innovation, or design of products and services – public sector, third sector, private companies, consultants, planners, early career profiles and managers.
The aim is to provide participants with a set of tools and methods useful to generate social impact, form an individual and organizational level. The teaching methods are manifold: lectures, national and international case studies.
Social entrepreneurship is not exclusively an organizational form, but it is mainly an organizational behaviour. A behaviour that structures itself along three axes: a social mission (that is linked to intentions of change), a commercial activity and a democratic governance. How can one become a social entrepreneur? How is it possible to develop services or products not only for profit, but also oriented towards finding solutions to social problems?
This Impact Dive starts from these fundamental questions: participants will be involved in an experience that will shed light on the mechanisms that make possible the construction of a social business. The main focus will be on the transformation of antagonistic assets – elements that seem to be dysfunctional to the market and to enterprise creation, social problems and issues that are apparently unsolvable – into a social impact opportunity.
For those who want to explore the mechanisms that define social entrepreneurship and use them to orient her/his own business and organization towards social impact. For managers and entrepreneurs, for early-career profiles and everyone who wants to start a social enterprise.
The goal of the course is to provide participants with the tools for turning social problems into (social) business opportunities.
Boeing, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, Fresenius, Oxfam: the recent wave of scandals shows that corporations and also nonprofit organizations systematically underestimate the human risk. In all those cases, organizations had to pay a huge price and problems do not relate to the decisions of a few criminals but are the result of systematic cultural problems and leadership failure. One of the key insights of those scandals is a recurring pattern of normal people behaving illegally in high pressure contexts. You can see it coming! Contexts can be stronger than reason and good people can do bad things without even realizing that what they do is illegal or immoral. We call this ethical blindness – the inability of decision makers to see that what they do is wrong. In this Impact Dive, we will explore how this can happen and what is behind it, analyzing concrete case studies.
For leaders in organizations who want to understand how to create a culture of integrity for their teams.
Goals and methods
Based on the state of the art in research on the psychology of unethical decision making and interpreting these recent scandals, the aim of this Dive is to show how leaders push their organizations to “the dark side of the force” and how they can reduce such costly risks. The teaching methods are manifold: lectures, case studies, group discussions.
The course mixes theoretical and practical approaches aimed at identifying impact management and impact measurement strategies. The focus will be on the definition of social impact, legal and policy related aspects, Theory of Change (ToC), Social Impact Evaluation (SIE) and social reporting. A project work on Social Impact Evaluation strengthens knowledge sharing between participants.
For everyone who works in the third sector and for is interested in Social Impact Evaluation (SIE), from a theoretical, practical and legal point of view.
The course aims at deepening impact, from the evaluation process to impact management strategies. Teaching methods are manifold: lectures, case studies, project works.
A journey through the global trends and developments in institutional and individual philanthropy, the world of impact investing and methods of social impact evaluation. The programme offers a view of impact that generates knowledge and can be integrated in an organization’s business strategy, focused on meanings and management of impact, with a focus on impact evaluation methods. Philanthropy and impact investing as two powerful instruments for individuals and organizations that aim at social change.
Day 1: Philanthropy & Impact: a love story of success?
Day 2: How donors see impact
Day 3: Impact investing
Day 4: Approaching Social Impact Evaluation Methods
For those who want to delve deeper into the concepts and developments of individual and institutional philanthropy, to explore the world of impact investing and distinguish the different meanings of social impact, the frameworks and methods conducive to and supporting impact evaluation. For those working in traditional or venture philanthropy, for investors and donors – foundations, third sector organizations, social investors, banks, philanthropy advisors, public and private sector managers, consultants.
The aim of the course is to strengthen the mutual knowedge between venture philanthropy and impact investing, exploring the different meanings of social impact, the frameworks and methods used to manage and evaluate impact. The teaching methods are manifold: lectures, national and international case studies, groupworks, exercises.
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Impact Prototypes Labs (IP Labs) is the first program for the development of social impact prototype solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) situated in Piedmont. The program is based on the collaboration between the entreprise and a multidisciplinary group of MSc students of Politecnico di Torino, accompanied by experts in a project-based training course on social impact.
The broad network of partners of IP-Labs defines an experimental ecosystem for SMEswhere the focus on social impact becomes a source of innovation for companies and an opportunity for growth in relevance, resources, visibility.
Acquiring now the development tools of your business in terms of social impact means preparing in a conscious way for an innovation relevant to our customers/consumers, adding an authentic story of choice, concrete and measurable in terms of revenue and relevance.
The 2020-2021 edition is founded on an ecosystem made up of skills and reputation: the Cottino Social Impact Campus and the Politecnico di Torino, Camera di Commercio di Torino, Unicredit, Unione Industriale Torino, API Torino, Confindustria Canavese and Torino Social Impact take up the challenge of the impact economy and follow the development of Piedmont’s SMEs.
After the success of the first edition with 6 social impact projects proposed, the second edition is open to 25 companies.
Each of the selected companies will be engaged with a multidisciplinary team of students to develop the impact project together in 4-6 months.
For all SMEs in the Piedmont Region who want to embrace and spread the knowledge and awareness of impact-oriented business strategies within the company.
For Politecnico di Torino Master’s Degrees students who wish to learn in practice how to build impactful initiatives within firms.
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