This course focuses on how social entrepreneurs use innovative, market-oriented approaches to address the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. By seeking both social and financial outcomes, social entrepreneurs generate systematic change through sustainable solutions. They disrupt assumptions and conventional business models and define new frontiers of value creation. Often defined as “unreasonable,” social entrepreneurs challenge paradigms and innovate to suggest new ideas and radical solutions to existing problems. By adopting a market-orientation, social entrepreneurs create performance-driven approaches to tacking social and environmental problems that result in a sustainable venture. They use commercial markets or a commercial approach to address social issues or utilize sound business principles in their method. The course will provide a survey of social entrepreneurship including best practices in models, measurement and financing.
The course will be co-taught by leading experts in the field including Wes Selke, Investment Manager for Good Capital, Sonal Shah, Tides Fellow and former Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and Greg Casagrande, Founder of South Pacific Development Microfinance Network
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