More than 2,000 changemakers from 27 colleges and universities took part in the Sullivan Foundation’s Ignite Masterclasses in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Now, this innovative masterclass series is back for the Fall 2021 semester, bringing together students from across the globe to learn how they can make a real difference on their campuses and in their communities as true change leaders.
Presented by Spud Marshall of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the virtual Ignite Masterclasses are free to all participants. Held online throughout September, these masterclass workshops and networking sessions will feature award-winning social innovation leaders and facilitators from the Sullivan Foundation’s upcoming Fall 2021 Ignite Retreat. Each talk will highlight an Ignite Retreat coach or facilitator, and students will then get to meet them in person at the retreat, to be held October 8-10 in Asheville, N.C.
Each 75-minute session consists of a lightning talk on a specific social initiative as well as a chance to network with peers and coaches in the changemaking field. Students will get the chance to build relationships with students from other universities and around the world. They will also meet and learn from leading social innovators in these interactive, action-inspiring events.
This semester’s Ignite Masterclasses kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and continue through Wednesday, Sept. 22. Covered topics include:
* Leadership and Personal Development
* Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
* Education and Community Development
* Poverty and Hunger
* Health and Wellness
* Social Justice and Equality
* Environment and Climate
Here’s a closer look at the full Ignite Masterclass Schedule for Fall 2021:
Note: All times are Eastern time.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
Why Following Your Passion is a Bad Idea and What to Do Instead
What does it even mean to “follow your passion”? Most of us have tried it and lost our motivation, gotten discouraged and found ourselves back where we started—with no clear direction. In this interactive discussion, you’ll learn why participating in activities that reveal progress is far more important than pursuing your passions. You’ll learn tactics you can use to get clarity on your future by tracking your knowledge and skills instead of your passions.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
How to Be an Entrepreneur When You Don’t Have a Big Idea
Many of us want to start our own business and live life by our own rules and on our own schedule. But how do you do it if you don’t already have a big idea in mind? In this interactive session, you’ll learn from entrepreneurs who have figured it out. You’ll walk away with strategies to help you begin your journey as an entrepreneur even if you don’t know how to start.
Thursday, Sept. 9
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
How to Create a Community Where People Regularly Give Back
Does it seem like you’re the only person in your community who really wants to create positive change? Learn how to get others to join you on your changemaking journey in this masterclass session. You’ll learn how to motivate friends and neighbors to act selflessly and create a roadmap to building a community where more people want to get involved and give back.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
How to Discover the Root Needs That Exist in Your Community
Do you really understand your community’s needs, or do you just think you do? You could be wrong. To really make a difference, you need to listen the needs of others in your community and start crafting solutions to meet those needs. In this discussion, you’ll discover how to you can create a successful and sustainable venture that will serve your community’s true needs.
Thursday, Sept. 16
2-3:15 p.m. (session 1)
3:30-4:45 p.m. (session 2)
How to Help People Adopt New Habits
Improving the health of our communities involves small daily actions. Whether it’s health choices, mindsets or financial decisions, our habits shape our lives and our perspectives. This session will help you guide others to adopt better habits through the science of habit formation. You’ll acquire the skills to understand the habits of your community and insights on how to guide people toward healthier behaviors.
Monday, Sept. 20
How to Use the Arts to Infuse Racial Justice into Your Professional and Personal Efforts
Many of us struggle to start conversations about racial injustice, but these conversations have become increasingly important. Sometimes the most powerful way to create change is helping people to shift their perspectives and offer them a new way of seeing injustice or providing a challenge through creative mediums like dance, poetry, drama and the visual arts. In this dialogue, you’ll learn how to combine the power of being an activist with the inspiration of an artist.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
10 Small Ways to Create a More Sustainable Campus
Lasting change takes time and patience—a lot of both. Progress moves so slowly, we often barely even notice it. But when it comes to being environmentally conscious and establishing sustainable practices on your campus, you can make a bigger difference than you realize. After this thought-provoking session with an environmental changemaker, you’ll leave with ideas for making small yet crucial changes to create a more sustainable campus.