MLD-835: Social Entrepreneurship, Policy and Systems Change: How to Drive Significant Impact on Social Problems

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Alan Khazei

Schedule

Day Time Location
First Day 1/27
Meet Day M 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM L230
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Description

This seminar is designed for students with an interest in social entrepreneurship who would like to explore how social entrepreneurs can affect policy and become systems-changers. The course will explore "action tanking," combining the best of what a think tank does – generate and promote policy ideas and proposals – with what a direct service organization does – put ideas into action and achieve demonstrable results. The course will also explore different models of “collective impact” and coalition building. As part of the course, students will be exposed (through occasional site visits and guest lectures) to leading social entrepreneurs looking to engage the class about how to achieve impact. Students will work individually or in teams to produce an important written work product – a draft plan for a social enterprise action tank (for a new initiative or an existing organization) that presents in some detail a "systems change strategy"; the course will culminate with presentations of these plans to peers and special guests for feedback and discussion.