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Collaboration and Teamwork for Sustainable Innovation

Ubiquity University via FutureLearn


Develop your teamwork and collaboration skills

The more we can do to equalize the world, the better and more effective teams we will be able to assemble as we capitalise on everyone’s soft-skill superpowers to make a difference.

On this four-week course from Ubiquity University, you’ll explore soft skills related to building trust, diversity and inclusion, building teams, and collaborating. You’ll also focus on the SDGs that have a relationship with teamwork and collaboration.

Build effective and collaborative teams

You’ll start this course by reflecting on how you engage in teams, assessing what worked well and what made the team work effectively.

A concept called teaming is a way of forming teams that work best in hypercomplex environments. You’ll examine this new concept, discover the methodologies behind it, and think about how you can utilise teaming in your own context.

Explore linear and exponential change and how to manage change

To tackle both linear and exponential change, you’ll delve into change management theory, learning the basics around change contexts and change variations.

You’ll also take a look at the design thinking methodology pioneered at Stanford University. You’ll connect the design thinking process with the ideas of exponential change and an entrepreneurial mindset to assess how to start a business built around the UN SDGs.

Investigate the SDGs surrounding poverty and equality

This course will focus on the SDGs that have a close relationship with innovation and social entrepreneurship and are centred on three areas that are ripe for innovation to ensure our societies and workforces are healthy and productive.

You’ll delve into three specific SDGs, covering the relationship between food production, protection of farmworkers, and resources used to transport foods as part of this.

This course is designed for anyone looking to improve their soft skills to help in career development. It will be especially useful if you’re interested in sustainability and how to use these soft skills to improve yourself and the planet.

If you want to build on what you learn on this course, try these other courses, from the same provider:

  • Soft Skills for Navigating Global Challenges
  • Leadership Skills for Building a Global Community
  • Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking for Problem Solving


  • Teamwork and Collaboration Part 1
    • Welcome to the course
    • Trust Building
    • Diversity
    • Inclusion
    • Are You a Team Player?
    • Teaming
    • Collaboration Tools
  • Teamwork and Collaboration Part 2
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • SDG 1: No Poverty
    • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality
    • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Part 1
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Thinking About Change Part 1
    • Thinking About Change Part 2
    • Social Entrepreneurship for the SDGs
    • Innovation and Design Thinking
    • Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Part 2
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • SDG 2: Zero Hunger
    • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Taught by

Shelly Alcorn


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