Investing in change makers
THE JUSTICE BASED APPROACH: FOUNDATION COURSE
A course in leadership for impact, innovation and learning
Join the movement for more effective and radical change through this life-changing course on social and environmental justice.
Course length: 6 weeks
Time commitment: Two sessions a week. Each session lasts 3-4 hours
Price: $450 USD
Delivery method: Interactive online sessions, self-led learning, and group work
Next course dates: April to May 2021
Enrollment deadline: End of March 2021
Brochure: Available here
1,003 people have completed this course from 427 organisations
We’ve been destroying our world and its people for generations. The solutions we have been using are no longer enough. We have to do better, and we must act now. The Justice Based Approach will revolutionize the way you work on humanitarian, development, social change, and environmental justice initiatives in ways that will impact both your work and your life.
As we face a time of intense and rapid change, we must create space to step back and consider some of the most pressing issues facing the world. This course will explore new approaches, real life examples, tools, and perspectives that will re-energize you with new knowledge and skills, as well as renewed hope and direction.
You will develop the skills to think critically about the systemic challenges facing our sector and wider society and your role in solving them.
You will develop as a leader and become more effective in bringing about positive change and lasting impact.
You will develop your ability to ask challenging questions and utilize tools that will transform the way you design programmes, lead your teams and live your life.
This course is participatory, innovative and proven to be incredibly impactful. Join us!
More than 70% of participants join from word of mouth. Here's what people are saying...
"The training offered me a new way of thinking. It challenged my assumptions and reinforced my belief that in my own sphere of influence I can make a great contribution to doing development differently. We sometimes underestimate our personal power to effect the changes that we desire."
Participant from British Council Philippines
"I never had any training like this before! It gives insights to see systems [and] development work differently, as well as helps individuals to think out-of-the-box."
Participant from United Nations FAO Bangladesh
"[The Justice Based Approach is] a way of planning, designing and delivering aid that takes into consideration the strengths and shortcomings of a Human Rights Based Approach, while challenging our current practices and preconceptions around existing models."
Participants from Action Against Hunger Myanmar
With a Justice Based Approach, we reflect on why -- after 25 years of rights-based approaches -- inequality, environmental destruction, oppression, and impunity are bigger challenges than ever before. We will critically challenge and explore many assumptions about methodology and practice in the following areas:
All Five Pillars of the Justice Based Approach
Power and oppression
Strategic and personal leadership
Effective programme design
Development theory and history
- Localization and decolonizing aid
Monitoring and evaluation for learning
Ethical programming and accountability
Climate and gender mainstreaming
We will also explore a number of innovative and exciting alternative approaches to social and environmental change that you can apply to your work.
The course will challenge you, inspire you and give you the tools to support communities and partners to lead change that is truly transformative.
Our style of online delivery creates genuine human connection, facilitates deeply reflective and thoughtful discussions, and leads to real impact and effectiveness.
The course will use mixed methodologies including participatory live sessions, interactive online tools, movement, games, reflection, group activities, optional offline self-study, and more. Our in-person trainings are not "death by Powerpoint," and our online courses are not "death by Zoom"!
This course is designed and facilitated by United Edge co-founders Daniel Bevan and Matthew Kletzing. With combined experience of more than 30 years in the humanitarian, development and human rights sectors across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East, they bring a wealth of hands-on experience and expert facilitation skills. Find out more about their areas of expertise and background here.
We offer optional tailored mentoring programmes to provide personalized support during and after the course to put your learning into practice. For our course participants, this is 35-50% off our normal mentoring rates! You can add this to your booking here.
The course is designed for leaders of development and humanitarian agencies, as well as broader civil society and individuals who want to create positive social change or environmental impact in their work, life and community.
We welcome participants from all levels of organisations and from diverse departments to the course, which creates a rich mix of experience and perspectives. We encourage senior staff to join the course with their teams. The course will be conducted in English.
$450 USD, which includes:
39 hours of live facilitated learning led by highly experienced facilitators with decades of combined experience in this field
Justice Based Approach Resource Pack, containing notes from every session and a pre-prepared presentation so that you can hold a sharing session back with your colleagues
Justice Based Approach Toolkit to help you reflect on your own work and embed the lessons from the course
Ongoing access to our online community of social change makers, including frequent resource sharing and direct links to our regular learning events for ongoing professional development
A certificate to verify your course completion and increase your job prospects
Exclusive opportunity to join the Advanced Course on the Justice Based Approach and become a United Edge Associate
Click here to register for these packages or to find out more:
During the course: 1 hour of private mentoring each week for six weeks ($250 USD)
After the course: 1 hour of private mentoring each month for six months ($250 USD)
Full package: 6 hours of sessions during the course and 6 hours after ($400 USD)
Bespoke package: Please get in touch!
Group attendance is a wonderful way to learn and develop together as a team.
Receive 10% off when you book 10 or more places on a course. Groups can be from multiple organisations if they book the course together. Donors and organisations have used this as an opportunity to support partners to attend, for example.
We proudly offer a limited amount of financial assistance to help cover part of the fee for people who may otherwise find it difficult to attend. Over the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, we have provided $62,605 worth of financial assistance to participants, ensuring that grassroots and local organisations with limited funds and big aspirations can develop their work for greater impact and positive social change.
To apply for financial assistance, please contact us.
BOOKING YOUR PLACE
Places at the training are extremely limited and many of our courses get booked up quickly. Please book your place early to avoid missing out.
Please read the terms and conditions, including the cancellation policy, before booking.
Our course brochure is available here. Once you book your place, you will receive an invoice. We accept payment by international bank transfer and credit card. If you need to pay another way, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss other options.
If you have any further questions please read our FAQ page and don't hesitate to get in touch.
A MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE
Here are just some of more than 400 amazing organisations that have attended this training.