Impact Academy

Thinking as social scientists
Acting as designers

Impact Academy

Vertical, thematic focus on tools and methods of behavioral design for cultural change to tackle societal challenges

Language English


Full course (7 modules):
1.250 € + VAT (if due).

Minimum booking (4 modules):
840 € + VAT (if due).

Each additional module:
210 € + VAT (if due).

Early bird
20% discount

Sponsorships are available upon request and application.
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Key benefits

  • A Faculty of renowned experts with an international cross-disciplinary portfolio of projects
  • An Alumni network of professionals
  • A cutting-edge learning offer at the intersection between behavioural economics, social sciences and design
  • A multi-faceted exploration of levers for social impact
  • Interactive teaching and peer-to-peer exchanges

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Thinking as social scientists
Acting as designers


A cutting edge programme offering new perspectives and a unique combination of tools to shape social innovation in the digital era. Delivered by a faculty of renowned international experts at the intersection of behavioural economics, social sciences and design.

A journey of discovery to ignite your imagination and enrich your strategic toolbox.

Tech, Innovation and Social Impact: the power of narratives and myths of the digital economy *
Giovanni Nisato 

Join Giovanni Nisato in an insightful and interactive exploration of the relationship between technological innovation and the Common Good. 
How do narratives shape innovation? Are we puppets or puppeteers in the play of the digital economy? Can we direct digital innovation towards the Common Good? 
In this course you will uncover and revisit how some myths of the digital era reflect on the choices we make and reflect on the complex relation between technology, innovation and social impact. 

Behavioural economics: towards understanding biases and preferences in the digital age.
Tobias Gesche

Tobias Gesche brings the science of behavioural economics to your fingertips by providing an analytical framework that accounts for economics incentives and human biases.
What does behavioural economics teach us about harnessing digital technology for Social Good? How do human perceptions of risk and cooperation drive individual decisions? What role do cognitive biases play in a digital environment and how can data from such environments yield behavioral insights?

Social Design: how to design spaces to facilitate collaboration and build community *
Antonio Scarponi 

Antonio Scarponi takes you on a discovery journey: from historical and philosophical perspectives on the shared space, to cutting edge tools and great practical examples of using social design to harness participation and invigorate communities through co-creation.

Understanding ‘Things Economic’ – Illuminating the unseen – Part I
Lotta Björklund Larsen and Inga Treitler

Lotta Björklund Larsen and Inga Treitler lead you in an exploration of the relationships that shape and are shaped by economic practices. Bringing social change means identifying what an economy is and understanding how societies work.
Be initiated with tools of ethnography and embark on a guided field exercise. Use the “sharing economy” as a frame to discover society’s ‘invisible’ surpluses and return to the virtual classroom on Day 6 (11.2.2021) to report and critique findings in small groups

Understanding ‘Things Economic’ –  Creating social change – Part II
Inga Treitler and Lotta Björklund Larsen

The journey continues on from Day 4 with Inga Treitler and Lotta Björklund Larsen applying the anthropological lens to the exploration of ‘things economic’ in societies. Participants present findings from their ethnographic field work in small groups (see Day 4) and Inga and Lotta lead a discussion of things economic in other times and other cultures. Ethnographic findings probe how markets are governed and what constraints and opportunities governance creates as we aim to integrate sharing economy features into inclusive economic systems in designing social change.

Thinking as behavioral scientists, acting as designers *
Michele Visciola 

Join Michele Visciola to discover how to deploy behavioural modelling strategies alongside key design methods to address stubborn social challenges. 
How do we understand heterogeneous individual and cultural biases when framing behavioural change programmes? How do we set preferences and biases in an evolutionary perspective? What are good examples of using behavioural modelling to shape societal change programmes?

Becoming the Design Leader you want to be 
Martin Feuz and Daniel Boos

Martin Feuz and Daniel Boos close the circle of the Experientia Academy with a hands-on session to build your roadmap to Leadership for social change. Participants will get inspiration, tools and mutual challenge as they create their very own Leadership game plan and set-up for impact.

Courses marked with an *are led by a bilingual (English – Italian) teacher.

For whom

This Academy is for managers and leaders, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs seeking to acquire new tools and ideas for their change-making toolbox. 
Our learning offer is for those who want to use new practices to solve old (and new) problems and who believe in combining empathy and creativity with science and rigor to generate social impact. 
We expect participants to have at least 3-5 years of professional experience.

Goals and methods

The course offers a unique journey of exploration, presenting lenses, levers and tools to understand and drive social impact. Built as a modular offer, it features contributions from experts drawn from across disciplines, delivered interactively and showcasing examples drawn from the Faculty’s international experience.

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