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?

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!


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
  • 5 in-person workshops, designed and facilitated to strengthen the learning experience and apply the concepts in practice
  • 1 celebratory apéro upon completion of all modules 

The modules will introduce you to the key mindsets and methods for strategically approaching environmental sustainability and social impact. The Community of Practice (peer learning group) will enable you to solidify acquired knowledge through peer-to-peer exchange. Read the full course description here.


The online modules are followed autonomously in your own time. The in-person workshops will take place every Monday evening from 18:00 to 20:00 for the duration of the course. A light dinner will be provided.


ONLINE COURSE STARTS: Tuesday, October 9th



Monday, October 15th

  • Workshop Module 1: The link between poverty and the environment

Monday, October 22nd

  • Workshop Module 2: Mapping the socio-ecological system

Monday, October 29th

  • Workshop Module 3: Circular economy

Monday, November 5th

  • Workshop Module 4: Behaviour change for environmental conservation

Monday, November 12th

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


COURSE ENDS: Wednesday, November 20th

The date of the celebratory apéro will be determined together with Community of Practice

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

For whom?

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.

Benefits to you

As a result of participating in the DESSI-CoP you will:

  • 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 experience, building lasting relationships with local changemakers
  • Get access to meeting space and resources to develop your ideas beyond the course



NON-MEMBERS: CHF 135* (Includes a Starter Membership at 50% off for the duration of the course, as well as a light dinner and materials for each of the workshops)




Becoming a Starter member gives you privileged access to our collaborative workspace, 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 our Community App – entrepreneurs, changemakers and regional and international stakeholders – who are working to create a world that works for all.


*We wish to make this Community of Practice as accessible as possible while maintaining its own sustainability. However, if this price prevents your participation, please contact us and we can discuss an arrangement.