YEAR HERE IS A POSTGRADUATE COURSE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION BASED IN LONDON
Year Here is about learning in the real world rather than in a lecture hall. Through three major projects in very different contexts, you’ll have multiple opportunities to build a smart, scalable response to some of society’s toughest challenges.
As a Fellow, you’ll leave us with a portfolio that is bursting full of projects, ideas and experiences – and go on to carve out an entrepreneurial career path.
We run two programmes per year, kicking off in Autumn and Spring. Upcoming programme dates are:
- 17th February 2020 – 18th December 2020
- August 2020 – June 2021
To support you to build high-impact initiatives, we’ll give you:
It’s not about sitting in an ivory tower, designing policies and solutions for people. Instead, you’ll start by stepping into the shoes of a homelessness support worker or care home assistant and forge relationships with people whose lives are full of tough realities.
You’ll learn the ropes of subjects like service design, business model development and community organising with partners including Bain & Co, ForwardPMX and New Philanthropy Capital. You’ll hear from social sector leaders like Lady Edwina Grosvenor, Neil Jameson and Lauren Currie.
Great leadership takes self-awareness, courage and critical thought. We support you to find your leadership path through coaching sessions, monthly mentoring and WildCamp, a wilderness personal development experience.
You will leave us with a peer group of budding leaders and connections to our faculty. The programme is chock-full of opportunities to meet others in the social innovation world and it culminates with GradFest, bringing together the whole Year Here family to celebrate our Fellows’ achievements.
FROM GATHERING FRONTLINE INSIGHT TO BUILDING A PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE AND ENTERPRISING VENTURES, YEAR HERE IS AN ACTION-PACKED PROGRAMME.
In the first few months of the programme, you’ll be placed in a frontline organisation and challenged to lead an innovation project. Next you’ll play the role of consultant on a social innovation brief set by a real client. Finally, you’ll develop a social venture idea from scratch – prototyping it in the real world and pitching it to fellow entrepreneurs.
Throughout, you’ll be focussed on one of society’s most complex issues – the housing crisis, educational inequality, community resilience, vulnerable youth, or health and wellness.
We’ll give you a crash course in social innovation – from design thinking to social investment – through our 5 week-long bootcamps, run in partnership with leading innovation players, our venture lab that will take you through the building blocks of a social business. Learning will be immersive, intensive and based in the real-world – as typified by our annual 24 hour challenge:
Across the whole programme, you will have regular coaching and mentoring sessions, and access to plenty of networking events.
Year Here is a full-time commitment. Most parts of the programme will follow normal office hours, Monday to Friday, although there will be various evening events throughout the programme. There are 5 weeks scheduled holiday in each programme. All programme activity (apart from WildCamp, our leadership development retreat) is based in London.