Acumen - The World's School For Social Change
Designing for Environmental Sustainability
and Social Impact
Be part of a Community of Practice!

Sehnst du dich nach
Wandel hin zu einer gesunden, lebendigen Umwelt? Willst du lernen wie man die Triple-Bottom-Line – Menschen, Umwelt, Ertrag – in dein Kerngeschäft integrieren kann oder wie man ein neues Unternehmen entwickelt, das auf ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit und sozialen Impact basiert? Willst du mit Gleichgesinnten in Bern und weltweit Erfahrungen austauschen, Fortschritte erzielen und gesellschaftliche Herausforderung zusammen angehen? Dann werde Teil von DESSI-CoP ist eine “Community of Practice” rund um Design für ökologische Nachhaltigkeit und sozialen Impact!

Das Wichtigste in aller Kürze

Wann 14. Oktober – 25. November
Was 5 Online Module im Selbststudium (Englisch), 7 In-Person Workshops, immer montags, 18:00 – 20:00 Uhr im Impact Hub Bern
Wer Für Alle
Kosten HUB-MEMBER Gratis NON-MEMBER 135 CHF (inkl. 7x ½-Tag Coworking während des Programms)
Anmeldefrist ist der 7. Oktober – max. 20 Teilnehmende (first come, first served)



Are you looking to embrace the paradigm shift for a healthier planet? Do you want to learn how to integrate the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – into your core business, or design a new social enterprise based on environmental sustainability and social impact? Do you wish to form part of a learning group to share experiences, progress and tackle this societal challenge together? Join DESSI-CoP: our Community of Practice around Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact!

In a nutshell

When 14 October – 25 November
What 5 online self-study modules (English), 7 in-person workshops, every Monday, 18:00 – 20:00 at the Impact Hub Bern
Who For everyone!
Costs HUB-MEMBER Gratis NON-MEMBER 135 CHF (incl. 7x ½-Day Coworking during the Programme)
Registration deadline is 7 October – max. 20 participants (first come, first served)



The CoP has two components: the online modules and the in-person workshops. The online modules are followed autonomously in your own time. The in-person workshops will take place every Monday evening from 18:00 to 20:00 for the duration of the course:

Kick-Off Meet your peers!
Monday, October 14

Workshop Module 1: The link between poverty and the environment
Monday, October 21

Workshop Module 2: Mapping the socio-ecological system
Monday, October 28

Workshop Module 3: Circular economy
Monday, November 4

Workshop Module 4: Behaviour change for environmental conservation
Monday, November 11

Workshop Module 5: Natural capital and making the business case for environmental conservation
Monday, November 18

Debriefing and Celebration session!
Monday, November 25

More Details about the DESSI-CoP

In partnership with +Acumen, the world’s school for social change, we are offering a 7-week blended learning course comprising:

  • 5 online modules (in English)
  • 7 in-person workshops (German or English), designed and facilitated to strengthen the learning experience and apply the concepts in practice.  

The modules will introduce you to the key mindsets and methods for strategically approaching environmental sustainability and social impact. The Community of Practice (learning group) will enable you to solidify acquired knowledge through peer-to-peer exchange. Read the full course description here

Last but not least

Who is it for? 

This course is directed at social entrepreneurs, conservation entrepreneurs, corporate intrapreneurs, or any other person wishing to better understand, communicate or incorporate environmental sustainability and social impact to their core activity. It is also an opportunity for career-shifters to redefine their orientation and discern their niche within the increasingly relevant field of sustainability. Most importantly, this course provides a framework for designing your own social or environmental enterprise. So no matter what you’re profile is, if you’re looking to bring sustainable solutions to the world, this course can help you. 

Benefits to you

As a result of participating in the DESSI-CoP you will:

  • Design a social enterprise, fictive or real, that responds to a local environmental challenge 
  • Equip yourself with the mindset and methods needed to approach environmental sustainability and social impact, applicable to your organisation and personal or professional projects 
  • Develop and be part of a community of peers for an enhanced learning experience, building lasting relationships with local changemakers
  • Get access to meeting space and resources to develop your ideas beyond the course


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