Faculty course leads: Alejandro Crawford, Bard College, [email protected] and
Eliza Edge, Bard College, [email protected]
Collaborating institutions: Al Quds Bard College of Arts & Sciences, American University of Central Asia, Bard College, Central European University, and Earth University
This is a collaborative, cross-institution course in social entrepreneurship designed for undergraduates, where student teams ideate and develop models for social enterprises. Social entrepreneurship is the process of building new organizations that offer scalable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Social enterprise can be either for-profit, or non-profit, but key is the ambition to address societal problems at scale. The practice of social entrepreneurship explores the full suite of liberal learning: critical analysis, persuasive writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, design thinking, and group social dynamics. Bard students will engage with classes from AUCA, AQB, BARD, CEU and Earth University, through a mixture of synchronous on-line learning, and in-person labs. The course will culminate in a “shark tank for sustainability” among and between teams from the different universities, with winning teams then competing at the Bard MBA’s annual Disrupt to Sustain pitch competition in December. The teaching and learning collaboration will be made possible through the use of Bard MBA Professor Crawford’s cloud-based teaching tool, RebelBase, which supports project-based learning embedded in a collaborative, online entrepreneurial ecosystem. The course will include readings and discussion focused on social issues related to entrepreneurship: drivers of change, from decarbonization to AI; delinking growth from material throughput; urban-based innovation ecosystems; social obstacles to risk taking; working on multi-disciplinary teams; language, power and gender dynamics in entrepreneurship; deconstructing the archetypes of entrepreneurship.
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