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Changing Business: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

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

Course Description

In this course, students will explore how social entrepreneurs and social enterprises are solving some of the most pressing social challenges in areas such as education, job creation, the arts, the environment, poverty, health care and finance and changing the world! Examples of realistic social enterprise include: 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 a for-profit company might improve its social impact through an improved supply chain, improving environmental practices and/or reinvesting profits into social issues. This course lies at the intersection of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and explores how different kinds of cutting edge organizations are breaking down the silos between the sectors and achieving social goals while remaining sustainable over time. A range of for-profit, not-for-profit and hybrid enterprises are considered and analyzed to show how different business models can achieve social change. Factors such as marketing, operations, fundraising, finance, evaluation and growth will be considered in the context of writing an Action Plan. How does innovation take root in an organization? Who are social entrepreneurs? What is corporate social responsibility? Is it possible to balance financial, social and environmental returns? How do great ideas translate into sustainable organizations driving social change? 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.