Accelerating for Social Transformation Certification Course

Accelerating for social transformation

A one-week professional development certification course | August 7-12, 2016

This exciting new certificate program will explore the changing dynamics of social investments and provide insights to create the next wave of innovation and progress.

We invite you to participate in Accelerating for Social Transformation, a week-long course in which you will think broader and deeper and learn from some of the leading thinkers and organizations on perceiving and adapting to change. This new course is a partnership between the University of Washington Bothell School of Business and the Catalytic Innovators Group.

Certification Facilitator

The program is curated and facilitated by Dr. Akhtar Badshah a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise. Badshah has taught architecture and urban development at MIT and is a published author, and an acclaimed international speaker. View more featured experts.

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In this course, you will:

  • Understand how a new set of funders and funding instruments such as equity, debt and online, are creating new opportunities for social investments and mobilizing people.
  • Explore the evolving intersection of technology, creativity and social impact.
  • Determine impact, take risks, and scale projects.
  • Design innovative solutions combining technology and policy for maximum impact.

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Learning module outcomes:

  • Enable participants to apply learnings to their specific project/program and co-create new approaches to accelerating social impact.
  • Develop an enhanced appreciation of on the ground realities and understand linkages between innovation/policy/design and the value of quick prototyping.
  • Appreciate the importance of communities, social fabric and the structure of belonging in creating a better future.
  • Develop an online network of alumni to continue explorations and build future collaboration.
  • Connect with talented students who may wish to work in global development.

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Social Innovation in the Pacific Northwest

Participants will benefit from the rich social innovation network of the Pacific Northwest by participating in shared activities, networking opportunities and capacity-building trainings. Over the week participants will be exposed to new and innovating thinking by faculty from the University of Washington Bothell, and interact with leadering social innovation practicioners and experts in the Seattle area. You will also visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, Microsoft, and Global Good and understand how these organizations are innovating and adapting to change. Visit our Experts page to learn more about the professionals leading this program.

Why attend?

We are going through enormous changes in society and many of them have been driven by access to and development of technology. As a result, it is possible for one or few individuals to create change on scale that was previously inconceivable, or only a large organization or entity could undertake. This has given rise to a new set of funders who are looking to create a paradigm shift in how we design and implement social programs. Participants will  discover new approaches to social development and learn how to combine innovative solutions with technology and policy for maximum impact.

Who should participate?

The new program is designed for professionals working in social good/development space. We invite you to be a part of this evolutionary approach to professional training and join a select group of participants from across the non-profit, foundation, international development, and business community.

The course experience

This will be a stimulating, eye-opening, and thought provoking week that will help you return to work energized and inspired with fresh thinking and new tools to accelerate the social transformation of the projects you are working on.

As mid-20th century philosopher and writer Ken Kesey said, “You're either on the bus or off the bus.”


Tuition | $3,500 USD

  • Programming
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for all five days
  • Evening reception/s
  • Professional development certificate from UW Bothell Business School

Tuition does not cover:

  • Travel to Seattle
  • Accommodations
  • Travel to and from the airport
  • Dinners during the Institute (unless where specified)
  • Miscellaneous food and drinks


"Great opportunity for development professionals that are bridging social and business principles. And anything Akhtar Badshah does WILL be fantastic!"  -Rita Soni

Sponsors and Hosts:

Global Good logoGloba Impact logoGlobal Washington logo

Microsoft LogoPATH logo

And a special thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Chamber Corporate Citizenship Center



Course Dates:

August 7 - 12, 2016

Registration closes on July 31, 2016

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Faculty and Experts

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“Everything changes and nothing stands still.” --Heraclitus


“Only the paranoid survive.” --Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel


From Heraclitus to Andy Grove, leaders have always known that the only way forward is through change. Today’s leader not only must know best practices, but also have/possess a savvy comprehension of the peculiarities of each situation, the ability to define a relevant problem or set of problems, and then deploy the necessary skill sets to develop a contextualized response.