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Changing Business: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Social Entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. In this course, students will study how social entrepreneurs and social enterprises are addressing global challenges in areas such as education, job creation, the environment, arts, poverty, health care, and finance. Students will explore how different kinds of cutting edge organizations are breaking down the silos between public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and achieving social goals while remaining sustainable over time. Students will examine a range of for-profit, not-for-profit and hybrid enterprises and analyze how different business models can achieve social change. For example, how can a nonprofit create a business that can train and employ the population they serve and drive more revenues to the business or how can a for-profit company improve its social impact through an improved supply chain, improving environmental practices and/or reinvesting profits into social issues? This course will cover stimulating topics such as: how does innovation take root in an organization; what are the qualities of effective social entrepreneurs; what is corporate social responsibility; and is it possible to balance financial, social and environmental returns? Students will learn through case studies of innovative organizations, background readings, and guest lectures and will be expected to develop their own Action Plan for a sustainable social enterprise focused on an issue that is important to the student. This course is ideal for students who are already involved with a social venture or are interested in learning more about social innovation and enterprise.

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