Community Learning

Continuing Education

The Institute supports three main realms of changemaker learning:

1. For-credit, undergraduate learning for aspiring changemakers;
2. Learning opportunities for people already working in the community; and
3. Bridging academic learning with community action.

Mount Royal offers a variety of programs for community changemakers looking to upgrade their professional skills and knowledge. The following programs will form part of a Social & Environmental Prosperity Program Suite offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. The Institute serves as a co-developer and program advisor for these offerings:

Social Innovation Extension Certificate in: Changemakers who are pursuing social, economic and ecological change locally and globally are returning to MRU to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their networks.

Community Investment Professional Extension Certificate
: 5-course, 75 hour program, providing those working in community investment with a professional development opportunity designed to inspire creative thinking and strategic actions as facilitators of community prosperity.

Nonprofit Management Extension Certificate: Gain a thorough understanding of the non-profit sector and board governance in Canada, and discover strategies for building successful partnerships and alliances. 


Community Courses & Workshops

Economics of Social Change | 5-course certificate program

This new 5-part workshop series is designed as an economically accessible informal learning series for individuals passionate about community that are curious how to apply an economic lens to social issues. Participants, who come from many vocations and backgrounds, develop an understanding of the connections between the local economy, community development and social change in areas such as food security, affordable housing and local job creation.

The five modules in the series are:
  1. The Solutions Economy (historical background and overview)
  2. The Changing Nature of Business (business models such as B-Corps, social enterprise and coops)
  3. Strengthening Systems for Community Economies (the public policy environment)
  4. Reconciliation and an Inclusive Economy (Indigenous economic models and concepts)
  5. Financing Social Change (social finance and innovative community investment methods)
"As a growing entrepreneur, the five course program highlighted how easy it can be to shift my thinking on how to do business differently. The principles I learned from the various experts were vast, the value of sustainable partnerships, various business models and the connections I made with other like-minded Calgarians was awesome!"
—Tyson Bankert, Founder of Recess Calgary 

"The learnings from Economics of Social Change has given me the tools to develop confidence and competence to better position how our charitable enterprise creates value in the local economy.  Typically charities are viewed as giving a 'hand-out' whereas the lens of economics of social change is about providing a 'hand-up.'  The shift in how we see ourselves as a socio-economic generator for our community has been mission-altering!"
—Cynthia Watson, Chief Evolution Officer of Vivo

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Economics of Social Change 2019 | The Social Economy
The first workshop of five in the Economics of Social Change series was held on April 26th, 2019 at the beautiful Central Library in downtown Calgary.
Read more on how the workshop went and what's coming up next here.

Reconciliation and the New Economy: Workshop for Changemakers and Problem Solvers

This 2-day workshop, led by nationally-recognized social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Shaun Loney, was designed and launched at MRU in 2017. 25 MRU students and community members took part in this inaugural workshop, modeled after the book An Army of Problem Solvers, which chronicles Loney’s successes in starting numerous Indigenous-run community enterprises, in critiquing the Indian Act as an instrument of under-development and economic marginalization, in constructively engaging with local, provincial and federal governments, and in arguing persuasively for a universal basic income. Since then, Loney has provided workshops to over 20 communities from coast to coast to coast. He is back in Fall of 2018 to launch an updated edition of this workshop.

 For more information, please click here.