The Catalyst Course (May 2017)


The Catalyst Course (May 2017)


Executing a Plan to your Dreams

Do you have a dream or idea for how you want to live your life but haven't done it? This course is about fostering change in yourself and in others.  Previous students have jump-started consulting businesses and finished major arts projects. You will learn goal-setting, motivation, decision-making, and achievement. By joining a small cohort of Portlanders, you'll get the commitment and accountability to execute your next big step.

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Wednesdays, May 3 - 24, 2017 || 6:30 - 9:00 pm
SE Uplift || 3534 SE Main St
Tuition is 10x your hourly salary || 6 student minimum, 12 student maximum

Taught by Douglas Tsoi

Admission by application here: <> and a short email interview. Apply by April 25. Once you have been admitted, you will get a link to pay 10x your hourly salary.

Do you believe that you have the ability to deeply impact your community and the world? You are more powerful than you think. We all have unknown capabilities and untapped potential and we live in an age where anyone can create new ideas and change the way others respond and act. This course is designed to spark significant change in you. Then from you to others. This course is based in part on Seth Godin's altMBA, a $3000 online program. It is for people on the cusp of something big and want to move past their status quo.

Change is hard. Inertia and busy-ness are obstacles. The Catalyst Course is about action towards your goals. The course requires a significant amount of work. But doing anything remarkable requires work. You will plan towards your goal, address fear of change and other emotional barriers, and take your first steps to execution. And you'll do it with the support of others doing the same. 

Ready for a spark? 

Week 1: Setting a Goal

Week 2: Enlisting Others, Starting a Movement

Week 3: The Beauty of Constraints

Week 4: Making Good Decisions


"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
- Annie Dillard

Douglas Tsoi has been a lawyer, a schoolteacher, a climate change activist before retiring and founding Portland Underground Grad School. He also runs GameChangers GO, an online program helping people create change through studying wisdom, purpose, and integrity.