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Executive Course / I edition

Design for Social Impact

Enterprise, Sustainability, and Territorial Development

A course that provides you with the necessary skills to manage the transition towards sustainability, focusing on enterprises as agents of change. A training program designed for managers, professionals in territorial regeneration, business consultants, and public administration operators, which aims at building new networks and practices, but also redefining the role of businesses, public administration, and the third sector.

1.300 €
Duration : 32h
17 Oct. 2024 - 29 Nov. 2024
Available seats : -
Early Bird -10%


The theme of sustainability is increasingly central in public discourse, calling for a new semantic and meaningful push. Contemporary scientific and professional debate leans towards new organizational and business models that balance economic-financial and social-environmental values. Specific skills and awareness of their role as agents of change, capable of promoting virtuous development models, are needed to develop purposeful enterprises (profit or non-profit). Below are the objectives of the Executive Course in Design for Social Impact.

  • Acquire the skills to align organizational sustainability goals to enhance the territory.
  • Learn to manage innovation processes to promote social, economic, and environmental impact even in a crisis context.
  • Understand how to intercept potential synergies between companies and territorial actors, creating a network that connects the economic and social spheres, the private and public sectors, profit, and non-profit.


The Executive Course in Design for Social Impact stems from the collaboration with AVANZI and is structured in both online and in-person lessons, totaling 32 hours. Here are some of the topics covered in the training program.

  • Analysis of the sustainability concept and definition of the possible role that profit and non-profit organizations can play in sustainable change.
  • Scientific framing of projects with economic value and social impact.
  • Overview of the relationship between businesses and social innovation for territorial regeneration.
  • In-depth exploration of cultural initiatives and hybrid spaces as triggers for local development processes.


Barbara di Prete Scientific Director
Giovanni Pizzochero Technical Director
Agnese Rebaglio Coordinator
Emilio Lonardo Project Manager
Davide Dal Maso Project Manager


Didactic Modules

The 32-hour course includes both online lectures (75%) and in-person active learning sessions (25%). Meetings with industry professionals, company visits, and field explorations are planned. The educational modules are structured as follows.


Module 1
The Business for the Sustainable Ecosystem

Theoretical framework on issues related to corporate responsibility in terms of sustainability.
Identification and critical analysis of all the different dimensions that sustainability can have.
Definition of a common language and foundations.

  • Module 1.1 | Hours: 8
    Scientific Framing
    Focus on growth limits, scientific and political debates on sustainable development, contemporary challenges of transition, actors of change (public sector, private sector, third sector), and the state of the art in sustainability.
  • Module 1.2 | Hours: 8
    Business and Innovation for Sustainability
    Introduction to the culture, processes, and methods for innovation in the system and of the system. Focus on innovation governance for sustainability, the potential and tools of the “BCorp phenomenon,” the relationship between capitalist and impact economy, and new forms of purpose-driven enterprises.


Module 2
Enterprises and Social Innovation for Territorial Regeneration

Analysis of the relationships between business and territory, through best practices, guided tours, and direct meetings with change agents to identify strategic directions for research/action promoting innovation, sustainability, inclusion, and socio-economic value.

  • Module 2.1 | Hours: 8
    Cultural Lever for Territorial Regeneration
    In-depth study and case studies investigating how creativity becomes a driver of spatial regeneration and social reactivation.
  • Module 2.2 | Hours: 8
    Aggregative Lever for Territorial Regeneration
    Evaluation of best practices related to social aggregation projects that bring value to the territory.
    Focus on: objectives and intervention scale; challenges and visions; strategic levers of interventions; roles and participation of involved actors and citizens; funding channels; evaluation of the social and economic impact of the project; engagement tools and models; formulas and governance processes.

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Admission to the course is subject to a prior selection process. Applicants must submit the following selection documents via this LINK.

● Application for admission to the Course
● Copy of the Tax Code (Codice Fiscale) and identification document.
● CV briefly describing their professional profile.


Who is it for?

● Managers, professionals, and consultants of companies interested in managing the transition towards sustainability.
● Public administration operators interested in promoting and governing territorial regeneration with a social and environmental focus with the contribution of local businesses.
● Third-sector operators interested in triggering virtuous partnerships with the profit sector based on proximity-scale social innovation projects.
● Designers, studios, and freelance professionals interested in delving into the topic of public space from an innovative perspective.


The total fee of the course is € 1,300 + 22% VAT per student. This amount must be paid in a single installment upon signing the private agreement.



Early Bird

Send your application within May 27, 2024 to take advantage of the reduction -10%! Limited Places Available.
Deadline for sending the signed contract and payment of the participation fee: no later than June 03, 2024.


Attendance Benefits for Companies

For companies, partial exemptions of 20% are available for the second employee enrolling in the same course. The requirement to request this exemption is to submit a self-certification confirming that the employees are employed by the same company along with the documentation required for selection.


Enrolment in more than one course

Additionally, discounts are offered for individuals enrolling in multiple courses: 15% off the second course and 20% off the third course.


Current edition

Barbara di Prete Scientific Director
Giovanni Pizzochero Technical Director
Agnese Rebaglio Coordinator
Emilio Lonardo Project Manager
Davide Dal Maso Project Manager


Current edition