Adults learn by doing, and then reflecting on what they have done. Ideally this should happen at the edge of their comfort zone, which is where new understanding and learning happens. Also critical is coaching from peers, and close interactions with leaders and role models in the same field. At Amani Institute, all these elements are woven tightly into the fabric of every course or training that we run.
One example that brings all this together is our approach to teaching social innovation. Adapting insights from the fields of technology, design thinking, lean start-up and social entrepreneurship, the Amani Social Innovation Framework is at the core of much of our programming. This framework is a process that helps students create a new idea in a few simple steps.