strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting
political economy

Do you want to direct your own learning as part of a team in a truly unique, innovative way?  Do you want to improve your soft skills, that all employers look for?  Are you interested in gaining expertise in biology, agriculture, applied math, and/or just business and Changemaking?  Are you just trying to figure out what to do with your life? Are you interested in earning upper level science credits and learn the above? Become part of the Change Maker Lab (CML) and join millions of Changemakers in this international movement.

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Entrepreneurs in the CML will create new businesses in sustainable agriculture, shellfish farming, farm to table food services and more.

Learning and Teaching

In this program you’ll train on the job, write reports, deliver presentations sharing knowledge from books that you choose to read, create numerous team projects, organize large events and attend board of directors meetings while you actively manage the activities of a not for profit organization. By combining these hands on learning activities with academic work, you will develop the habits of lifelong learners.

The core of this pathway program, Business fundamentals, team entrepreneurship and innovation repeats every year. General business projects are supported every year. These range from the fashion industry, to creative arts, to agriculture, management consulting and prison outreach.

Every year the Changemaker Lab Program Coaches add a flavor or two. To do that we introduce expert faculty that deliver their unique expertise utilizing the Partus method of learning.  

Throughout the program you will provide evidence of  your learning from your projects and your study. You’ll work within your Team Company, supported by your team coach, to share and develop your learning.

You will learn how to keep working hours, manage real life day-to-day challenges, deal with customers and clients and learn how a real business is established legally and how we keep ourselves out of trouble. We learn by doing real work on real projects, alongside other members of your Team Company.

You’ll be provided with an extensive book list of relevant books and journals. Together with your team you will read up on topics such as sales and marketing, dynamical systems, leadership and entrepreneurship and immediately apply these skills to your own projects. You will develop first hand insights on how these ideas work in practice.

You will learn about personal mastery including learning how to best plan for financial stability and security. You will learn some basic skills such as how to work with and fix your credit, understand mortgages, business quantitative methods and do budgeting. Learn about investing and retirement deductions and manage your personal finances and income taxes.

You will join professional workshops and mentoring sessions as you explore the issues involved with setting-up and running your own ventures. There are no lectures on this course, though you can attend selected lectures offered on other courses.

Your team coaches will support and guide your Team Company through the duration of the course. Where you need more specialist guidance, your coach will help you find a suitable source.

You’ll demonstrate your learning by completing projects and project reports, making presentations and by undertaking research and writing reflective essays.

Your learning will be enhanced by giving and receiving 360 feedback from fellow team entrepreneurs and your Team Coach.

Approximate percentage of time you’ll spend in different learning activities*:

Pathway Level

Scheduled learning and teaching study

Independent study

Project study/Science Labs

1 75% 13% 12%
2 60% 18% 22%
3 50% 15% 35%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

In Program and learning time

You’ll be expected to attend eight hours of in program team coaching each week. You will also be expected to attend workshops on topics that you are interested in, attend project coaching sessions with experts for 8 hours per week. This makes up the 16 hours of in class activities.

You and your team members will be running your own company and do project work around that which you are passionate about, you should expect this program to be a full-time commitment.


You’ll be evaluated through your learning portfolio, in program activities defined by our rocket model evaluation rubric, 360 degree peer evaluations and written program assignments. There are no exams on this program.

You’ll show the knowledge you’ve gained and the application of that knowledge through your learning portfolios, which typically include:

  • Pre and post-Motorola’s or project reports
  • Research
  • Activity logs demonstrating learning
  • Reflections and presentations on your learning
  • Reflections on feedback from team coaches and peers.

Guest speakers and workshops

This program offers inspiring sessions with industry experts, business and social entrepreneurs who share their experience and answer questions.

These include:

  • Entrepreneurs and founders of successful start-ups
  • Recruitment consultants
  • Professional business coaches, educators and mentors
  • Specialists in the fields of marketing, finance, business decision sciences, operations and technology
  • Venture capitalists and angel investors.

With guests from such diverse backgrounds, you will be able to accelerate your own development through the real-life experiences of others.

Changemaker Lab Program Pathway

Pathway Level 1 Awaken your Passion 

You will study:

  • Establish, manage and operate a Learning Organization 1
  • Managing My Learning and Development 1
  • Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Practice 1
  • Enquiry into Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 1.

Pathway Level 2:

You will study:

  • Establish, manage and operate a Learning Organization 2
  • Managing My Learning and Development 2
  • Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Practice 2
  • Enquiry into Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2.

Pathway Level 3 / Certification Capstones

You will study:

  • Establish, manage and operate a Learning Organization 3
  • Managing My Learning and Development 3
  • Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Practice 3
  • Enquiry into Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 3.

The program faculty will continually enhance this offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world today.

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