This course offers students an introduction to the field of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, a problem-solving mindset, pragmatism, and resourcefulness to address some of our most challenging social and environmental problems. While social entrepreneurship is generally focused on the creation and growth of new ventures, social innovation is a broader concept that applies these same principles wherever our career paths take us, in the public, commercial, academic or civil society sector. While there are many emerging perspectives on social innovation, most generally a social innovation can be understood as an intentional, positive, creative shift in systemic social-ecological patterns. This course will examine the evolution of the field that focuses on transforming practices that affect communities and ecosystems and the growing number of entities that are supporting its disruptive potential.
- Teacher: Antonella Ghio