Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
When people say "social enterprise," they could be referring to a wide range of organizations including household names like Grameen Bank, established consumer brands like Patagonia and Ben and Jerry's, or a host of yet-to-be recognized startups in the for-profit and non-profit sectors that do anything from developing web-based technologies for primary school classrooms to planting trees. This course will explore both the theory and practice of this emerging sector, first studying the history and context of the movement and then learning to apply a series of frameworks to understand the "theory of change" and "value proposition" of social enterprises. Then, the course will do a "deep dive" into a case study of a particular social enterprise, learning from both primary and secondary accounts of its growth trajectory. Finally, students will work in small teams to create strategic planning documents (such as a business plan) for a social enterprise that they design.