Roll up your sleeves. This course is about addressing social problems and changing the world by using your signature strengths in the service of others. We will examine the ever-evolving theory and practice of social entrepreneurship around the globe, covering multiple change-making roles required for successful social entrepreneurship, including the visionary, the infrastructure engineer & manager, and the media & arts contributor. To this end, you and a small team of your peers will be
invited to collaborate on a social enterprise business plan of your own design. The semester will progress as an informal laboratory where you will be required to use both sides of your brain observing, experimenting with, and helping shape what it means to be a social entrepreneur.
Our objectives will be to learn about the history, context and varied definitions of social entrepreneurship, to observe effective
examples of it in action, and to decipher key success factors and benefits, as well as risks and strategies for mitigating them. In
addition, you will be guided through a multi-phase process of self-exploration, social analysis, business strategy,
organizational structure and constructive peer critique -- all with the end goal of crafting a business plan for changing the world.