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2017 Develop professionals who create social impact

Cursos Intensivos O Amani Institute abre vagas limitadas para cursos do Programa de Gestão em Inovação Social com professores especialistas do mundo todo. Todos os cursos serão facilitados em inglês.

23/03 (7pm – 10pm); 24/03 and 25/03 (9am – 5pm); 26/03 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Creativity for Big Impact

Anyone working for positive change can learn to harness and apply creativity to their toughest challenges. This workshop will explore a central aspect of the application of creativity for leadership, entrepreneurship, and social change. Harnessing creativity for positive change depends upon (1) interrupting the habits and norms at play and (2) activating new and non-habitual thought, feeling, and action. We will explore a two-step process of transforming the “shadow” and strengthening the “light” in rigorous, experiential, and personal ways. Participants will experience firsthand what it means to do the “inner work” of creativity, going through step-by-step processes to identify and interrupt their habits with creative insight and imagination. This personal immersion into the heart of creative thought and action will be applied to self, relationships, and team work. We will also explore how these same patterns of transformation and development (light and shadow) are relevant at larger scales, from the organizational to the societal.


Louisa Barnum - Co-founder Magenta

Louisa holds a degree in violin performance and post graduate studies in classical voice, and has performed and toured extensively in ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist. Leaving the competitive world of professional music performance after sustaining an injury, for the past 10 years she has worked as a business and executive leadership coach, focusing in particular on inner development. Bringing her understanding of both creative process as well as know-how for building new capabilities, Louisa focused on helping her clients improve their performance by providing tools, practical concepts, and rigorous inner practices for transformation, growth, and healing. Louisa also has worked with clients facing challenges such as PTSD, mental and life-threatening illness, childhood abuse, and other trauma. Louisa is the co-founder with Jeff Barnum of Magenta, bringing the capacity-building component to the larger scale social change and creativity work in which Magenta specializes.

06/04 (7pm – 10pm); 07/04 and 08/04 (9am – 5pm); 09/04 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Communication Skills Set The number one skill most cited by employers as lacking in their employees is good communication skills. Being able to communicate effectively is a critical professional skill, no matter whether this communication is written, verbal, or non-verbal. This course will introduce participants to a range of important communication skills for leaders (but that are relevant for all professionals) such as storytelling, nonviolent communication, and coaching skills.


Robert Wolfe, Storytelling trainer and Innovation facilitator, THNK Born in Australia and educated in Holland, Robert’s background is in management training, leadership coaching, improv comedy, and writing children’s novels. He has lived in London where he published a book on corporate strategy, was a management trainer in Sydney, and trained Shell managers around the world how to be a coach as well as a manager. He now serves as a leadership coach, storytelling trainer and innovation facilitator at THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.

27/04 (7pm – 10pm); 28/04 and 29/04 (9am – 5pm); 30/04 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Finance Resilience Social work needs financial strength in order to succeed. The goal of the course is to grow the capacity of front line leaders to raise mission aligned capital. During this hands-on course we will explore the changing funding landscape (analysis and trends), resource development (prospecting and diversification), strategic finance (analysis, budgeting and capital assets), quality of engagement (communication and compliance) and leadership practice. It is our believe that by building the financial resilience of frontline leaders the realization of social justice and human rights related goals is accelerated.


Ellen Sprenger - Founder and CEO of Spring Strategies Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for human rights and social justice and since 2004 the founder and CEO of Spring Strategies. She is a believer – especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. During the first decade of Spring Strategies she went through five espresso machines and traveled the planet sixty-five times. Previously she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University and is an Integral Master Coach™. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation and funding trends globally and does her most creative work listening to Marion Verbruggen playing Baroque music on recorder. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada and lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C.

04/05 (7pm – 10pm); 05/05 and 06/05 (9am – 5pm); 07/05 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Regenerative Leadership

During the program, participants will learn in a very experiential manner some of the key mindsets, skills and knowledge needed in making the transition from being an individual contributor to a manager. In particular, participants will work on how they lead themselves, how they lead others and how they lead the business. You can expect to take away concrete tools and techniques that you can apply back at work.


John Hardman - PhD, Facilitator at UPEACE

John specializes in regenerative leadership education and coaching, and the facilitation of the shift of organizations toward regenerative practice in business, community, and education. He is the founder of Regenerative Organizations, a process consulting firm that provides in-house and online coaching and training services to sustainability change agents and their teams. He teaches Regenerative Leadership for Sustainable Development through the Executive Education Center of the U.N. University for Peace (UPEACE), in Costa Rica. Complementing this work, John is a licensed facilitator of the AtKisson Group’s VISIS Accelerator for sustainability strategic planning. He is also licensed as a sustainability business professional in S-CORE (Sustainability – Competency, Opportunity & Rating Evaluation), and he has undergone further training in Sustainable Community Development with the Homes and Communities Academy, UK. In addition to his full-time commitment with the Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University, John created and taught courses in Sustainability Leadership for Entrepreneurs in the College of Business’ MBA program, and the College of Engineering Honors Program. This work has now been embedded in a new Master’s Degree in Adult and Community Education for Sustainability (ACE-S). He also teaches Prior to coming to the United States to pursue doctoral studies and work in the field of sustainability and leadership, John was a teacher and head of independent international schools in South America for twenty years. Website:

18/05 (7pm – 10pm); 19/05 and 20/05 (9am – 5pm); 21/05 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Theory U and Complexity Participants will go through a hands on learning journey experience to develop capacities for intervening in complex social challenges through the framework of Theory U (MIT, O. Scharmer) and complexity theory. Some of the skills that will be developed include: • Theory U framework and U Process for transforming individuals, organizations and society • Dialogue and deep inquiry skills • Identify the difference between a complicated and a complex problem and the right approach for intervention (Cynefin framework & systems thinking) • Multistakeholder approach for systemic transformation • Body’s intelligence for understanding a system (social presencing theater 4D mapping)


Cesar Y. Matsumoto - Social innovation consultant and human+organizational development facilitator

Cesar is a brazilian-japanese social innovation consultant and human + organizational development facilitator. He has helped to create projects, public policies and businesses always focused in human needs and collaboratively in government, third and private sectors. He was one of the first persons in Brazil to adopt Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking Theory U. He co-created the São Paulo School of Dialogue (2008). Former partner in Grupo Tellus – Public Services Design Agency where he developed the innovation methodology (2011). Former member of the design team for ELIAS Brazil - Emerging Leaders Innovate Across Sectors –, systemic leadership development and Theory U programme from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil). Biopsychologist from Instituto Visão Futuro. Currently participating in the Artists of the Invisible Programme from Allan Kaplan in Goethean fenomenology approach for social development. Self-taught, Cesar concentrates his studies in human development and spirituality.

01/06 (7pm – 10pm); 02/06 and 03/06 (9am – 5pm); 04/06 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Engagement for Social Impact

Social entrepreneurs have the challenge to inspire people and to create opportunit for them to get involved and mobilized to implement social impact initiatives. At the same time, the world has become much more complex, with a multiplicity of messages and appeals from different sources inundating the public space every minute, fueled by the instantaneity of social media. How to make a difference, get to people’s hearts and minds, and create strong and sustainable change? During this course, we will bring together strategic planning techniques, movement building elements, design thinking tools to collectively develop a joint understanding on how to create opportunities for mobilization and engagement in social impact causes. Theory will be tempered and concretely implemented through a number of exercises that will make all participants interact and exchange knowledge and practical experiences. In the end, participants will develop experimental mobilization projects and strengthen ties that will allow them to continue interacting after de course.


Renato Guimarães - Greenpeace

Renato Guimarães has more than 20 years of experience in the role of civil society organizations in advancing social justice issues. He has a profile in campaigning, advocacy, movement building, and strategic planning. He holds a post-grade in Corporate Communications and Image Management by the University of Lima (Peru) and a Master in International Relations by Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Currently, Renato is Director of Engagement at Greenpeace Brazil, responsible by managing the efforts to get people engaged in the efforts to protect the environment. Before joining Greenpeace, Renato co-founded Together, an agency focused on engaging and mobilizing people and organizations on social impact causes. Other organizations in which he occupied senior posts include Purpose, International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private arm, Oxfam GB, Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption, and Ashoka. Renato is a lecturer and trainer in issues related to social mobilization and strategic planning as well as an author, having authored the book “Cooling Up: The interconnected public sphere and the “science” of climate denial”, based on his master thesis, and co-authored a book called “Sustentabilidade: O Futuro Agora” (Sustainability: The Future, Now) about the close relationship between sustainability, digital communication, and social change.

08/06 (7pm – 10pm); 09/06 and 10/06 (9am – 5pm); 11/06 (9am – 1:30pm)

Course Description

Creating and Managing a Social Venture

This three-day course will help you understand the role of social entrepreneurship in addressing social challenges. You will learn frameworks, tools, and methodologies (e.g. financial viability, attracting and growing a talented team, building a culture aligned with your values, etc.) to structure your business model, build a team, manage your time and resources, and achieve results in order to enable the change you ultimately wish to make. As a final deliverable, you will make significant progress on a real social venture idea. By the end, you will learn what it means to operate a highly effective social enterprise and feel confident in your ability to build one yourself.


Marina Mansilla Hermann - Senior Change Manager, Ashoka, President & Founder, Fundación TierraVida

Marina Mansilla Hermann is a social entrepreneur in the field of environmental education and youth empowerment. Starting at age 9, she has spent the last 25 years inspiring, supporting and mobilizing youth to address the challenges of sustainable development at local, national and international levels. In 2007 she joined Ashoka to help identify, support and mentor a new generation of young social entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. During this time, she has trained and mentored hundreds of young changemakers and supported the launch of 300+ social ventures around the world, many of which have evolved to become fully-fledged social businesses or non-for profit organizations. At present, she is managing Ashoka’s strategy to transform education in Europe, bringing together social innovators, educators, thought leaders and influencers with the ultimate goal of reinventing learning as an experience that enables every child to become a changemaker and make a positive contribution to society. Marina is the founder of Fundación TierraVida, an Argentinean-based NGO working to unleash young people´s potential to drive environmental sustainability in Latin America. Through her work with TierraVida, she has been named a British Council Climate Champion (2011), a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum (2013) and a Global Good Fund Fellow (2014). Previously, Marina worked for more than a decade with Peace Child International, as a consultant for a GEF/UNDP wetlands conservation project and served as a youth advisor to UNEP. Marina holds a BSc. in Environmental Sciences and an MA. in Environment and Development from King's College London. If not trying to change the world, you can find her on the yoga mat, salsa dancing, walking her dog or reading yet another book.

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