Masterclass

As part of NGO Academy, the Masterclass represents a third programme pillar, which complements the Social Innovation and Management Programme and the Regional Programme. The goal of the Masterclass is to enable participants to gain deep insights into one specific topic which challenges and changes organisations’ processes and structures. At the same time, the Masterclass fosters joint knowledge creation and exchange amongst participants.

The NGO Academy Masterclass aims at creating space and time to jointly dive into a topic that is of current concern for NGOs and Social Enterprises that are a part of the NGO Academy community. The curricula are tailored to the needs of the organisations and are designed as a blend of academic insights, practical experiences and the opportunity to do hands-on work for the organisations. The programme creates ideal conditions to build up individual competencies and directly apply them to real-life cases.

The Masterclass is directed specifically at individuals in leadership positions with the ability to shape structural and organisational development and operational processes of the respective organisation. Various faculty members contribute to the learning progress of the participants. The faculty consists of researchers and practitioners from the non- and for-profit sector who connect with the participants in a well-balanced mix of lectures, working groups, individual reflections, field trips and informal talks.

Digital Transformation and Social Innovation

The first Masterclass focused on the topic of digitalisation, a trend that has been almost impossible to miss in recent years. The NGO Academy Masterclass provided a deep dive into the topic of digitalisation from the perspective of social impact-oriented organisations and explored facets relevant for the organisations’ work, from a technological, strategic and process-oriented perspective.

Looking at recent developments and best practices, the first Masterclass took place in Berlin, a bustling city full of ideas and initiatives. As a city on the path of radical digital transformation, Berlin served as the perfect place to explore digitalisation trends and a booming ecosystem, outlining the possibilities and boundaries of digital social innovation.

In the tradition of the Social Innovation and Management Programme, the curriculum of this Masterclass was designed as a blend of academic insights, practical experiences and the opportunity to do hands-on work for the participating organisations. Over the course of five days, participants were invited on a three-step journey in order to explore effective solutions, manage potential transformation processes and work on their individual capacities. A well-balanced mix of lectures, workshop elements and practical examples supported the achievement of this aim.

Finance and Impact Investing

The second Masterclass set out to explore the new phenomenon of Impact Investing and broke it down to the reality of civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs in CEE. It combined classroom lectures, discussions, guest panels and interactive work with an opportunity to explore one of the main events on Impact Investing in the region, the “Impact Days 2019” in Vienna.

The NGO Academy Masterclass aimed at creating space and time to jointly dive into the topic of Impact Investing, a topic that is of current concern for NGOs and Social Enterprises. The curriculum was tailored to the needs of the organisations and was designed as a blend of academic insights, practical experiences and the opportunity to do hands-on work for the organisations. The programme aimed to create ideal conditions to build up individual competencies and directly apply them to real-life cases, discussing what these new forms of debt, equity and mixed investments could look like for civil society organisations.