Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact

Form part of a Community of Practice!

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!


The Community of Practice is limited to 20 participants, selected on a first come, first served basis.

The final deadline to register is 7th October 2019

Priority will be given to learners who can attend all in-person workshops.

What is 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
  • 7 in-person workshops, designed and facilitated to strengthen the learning experience and apply the concepts in practice. In addition to the workshops linked to each module, this includes one Kick-Off Session and one Debrief/Celebration Session   


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. 

All course materials will be available in ENGLISH.



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 Wednesday evening from 18:00 to 20:00 for the duration of the course. Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.


Application Deadline: 7th October, 2019; 11:59 pm (CET)

Global Kick-Off: Monday, 15th October, 2019

Online Course Starts: Tuesday, 15th October

In-Person Peer Learning Session

Wednesday, October 23rd

Workshop Module 1: The link between poverty and the environment

Wednesday, October 30th

Workshop Module 2: Mapping the socio-ecological system

Wednesday, November 6th

Workshop Module 3: Circular economy

Wednesday, November 13th

Workshop Module 4: Behaviour change for environmental conservation

Wednesday, November 20th

Workshop Module 5: Natural capital and making the business case for environmental conservation

Debriefing and Celebration Session : November (Date to be confirmed)

Online Course Ends: Tuesday, November 26th

A certificate of completion is awarded by +Acumen upon completion of all modules and assignments

For who?

  • 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 entreprise.


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

Get access to meeting space and resources to develop your ideas beyond the course



NON-MEMBERS: MYR 300* (Includes Hub Virtual membership for the duration of the course)

Becoming an Impact Hub KL member gives you privileged access to our collaborative community app, cutting-edge events and a vibrant local & global Impact Hub community. More specifically:

  • A hosted and well-equipped meetup space to make sense of & practice the learning material, and support your journey.

A connection to people in our impact ecosystem through active match-making with entrepreneurs, changemakers and regional and international stakeholders – who are working to create a world that works for all.


The Community of Practice is limited to 20 participants, selected on a first come, first served basis. The final deadline to register is October 7th. Priority will be given to learners who can attend all in-person workshops.

Do you have any questions or doubts? Contact our Catalyst, Partnerships, Programs & Community, Ralph at [email protected]