Join us and learn how to develop, test, and deploy high-impact solutions to society's toughest challenges.
Social entrepreneurs and social innovators are tackling and diminishing many of the world's problems. They achieve significant positive social impact through the creative and aggressive mobilization of people and other resources:
- In Africa, a social entrepreneur built an enterprise which delivers 70 million daily protein servings into the region at significantly lower cost and at higher quality than before.
- In India, rice husks are being burned to generate power enabling families to live, read, and learn after the sun goes down.
- In Latin America makeshift informal housing is being converted from fire-trap shanties into safe, concrete-based homes.
This course will cover a select set of topics associated with social innovation and entrepreneurship whether nonprofit or for-profit. Students will be able to choose their level of engagement by selecting either the open track, or the signature track. Students in the open track will master a set of strategy and planning tools essential for social innovation success. Students in the signature track will work throughout the term on a plan for an organization that they wish to create and will receive feedback from the course team.
By taking this course you will share in our combined 45 years of social entrepreneurship experience, and you will learn how to:
- Launch social entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of significant positive social impact,
- Direct energy and limited resources to efficiently launching those projects with the most promise,
- Apply tools and frameworks to testing and scaling your own social enterprise.
This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organization that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.
New ideas based on high-technology research have a high failure rate because they hit the ground running with lopsided priorities and misalignments. Students complete this course with an Innovation Creed (“Why are you doing this?”) and a customized Idea Filter (“Are you working on the right priorities?”)—2 simple tools that steer concept-stage commercialization to success.
In this course we will take the social business opportunity that you have identified in the first course to a higher level. Specifically, you will develop a business model using the Business Model Canvas. Gradually you will also start writing your business plan.
Nous souhaitons grâce à ce Mooc susciter des vocations d’entrepreneur social en : - Vous permettant de comprendre ce qu’est l’entrepreneuriat social - Vous faisant réfléchir aux besoins sociaux et environnementaux non satisfaits sur les territoires - Vous présentant les propositions de valeur et les modèles économiques des entreprises sociales - Vous montrant que c’est possible de se lancer, via des témoignages d’entrepreneurs sociaux qui l'ont fait.
This Course will clarify the definition and meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and will focus on the need to learn about the source and root of a social problem. You will be introduced to different perspectives about Social Entrepreneurship and you will learn about complementary and opportunistic assets which will help you to detect an opportunity and develop an idea of how to create a business for social change.
This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas and new organizational forms to implement those ideas. Students who take this course will be better prepared to launch social impact organizations of their own invention.
Welcome to the first reading in our new series on “Readings that Matter”. This series is adapted from a set of readings that Acumen’s Fellows and staff discuss on a regular basis as part of our leadership training and development.
MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – enable students around the world to take university courses online. This guide, by the instructors of edX’s most successful MOOC in 2013-2014, Principles of Written English (based on both enrollments and rate of completion), advises current and future students how to get the most out of their online study, covering areas such as what types of courses are offered and who offers them, what resources students need, how to register, how to work effectively with other students, how to interact with professors and staff, and how to handle assignments. This second edition offers a new chapter on how to stay motivated. This book is suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English, and is applicable to MOOC classes on any subject (and indeed, for just about any type of online study).