Social Innovation: Royal Roads and beyond

Dr. Guy Nasmyth at SOIL India

In February, Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) partnered with the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) in Gurgaon, India to tackle wicked problems in local communities. SOIL focuses its programming in four areas of corporate management: HR, analytics, marketing and finance. Dr. Guy Nasmyth (just Dr. Guy in Gurgaon) recently returned from teaching an intensive bootcamp on Whole Systems Thinking. The program consists of eight days during which all 135 students, working in teams, learn the principles of systems thinking and apply them to local community challenges such as empowering women, resolving the orphan crisis, addressing the traffic issue and urban migration. The challenges are significant and complex and both instructor and students worked long hours to uncover systemic solutions. This collaborative effort stems from our existing partnership with SOIL in which PCS is currently delivering the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching to senior leaders in India.