Speaker: Chryssa Koulis
Unlearning for Transformational Change
To solve the world’s greatest challenges, we need to first change the way we see the world.
We spend our lives learning, adding information and knowledge, and yet we aren’t solving the world’s most intractable problems. Humanity is still suffering despite advances in technology, greater connectivity and greater prosperity across the globe. Perhaps what we need is to unlearn, to be brave enough to challenge conventional wisdom and question even our own deeply-held beliefs.
In this seminar we’ll delve into what unlearning is, and how we can use this concept to help us see the world in new ways and create a future full of possibilities. We’ll look at how various disciplines including cognitive and learning psychology, neuroscience and even math can help us unlearn. And, we’ll discuss examples of how people who are skilled at unlearning are tackling social issues in unexpected ways.
Chryssa Koulis thinks of herself as Goldilocks, but without the three bears. She earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Psychology and Criminology and assumed she would be content to work in the non-profit sector. However, she felt something was missing so she went back to school to get an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business. She quickly realized that she did not fit into that world either. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for until she heard about the School for Social Entrepreneurs and joined the first Canadian cohort. At the School she was able to bring her business degree together with her desire to make a positive social impact. She launched her social enterprise, Sidekicks, that provides opportunities for people that face barriers to employment to gain experience in impact organizations while the organizations benefit from a plethora of experience by incorporating Sidekicks into their workforce as needed. This finally felt right, so right that Chryssa became the Managing Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2018 and has been unlearning what that means since then.
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