This is a research and practice-oriented course providing students with the opportunity to learn how social entrepreneurship can increase the well-being of individuals and societies in different cultural contexts. The course consists of the following three parts:
First, students will review and discuss social entrepreneurship theory. Second, in small teams students will collect data on the status of social entrepreneurship and selected social businesses of three different countries visited during the voyage. Based on this research there will be classroom discussions and reflections around the following main questions: What is the role of social entrepreneurship in these countries? What are the differences compared to “commercial” entrepreneurship? Does social entrepreneurship contribute to the societal wealth in these countries and if so how? Among others, students can draw on data provided by Ashoka and the Schwab Foundation; two organizations that provide profiles of hundreds of social entrepreneurs active in all parts of the world. Third, throughout the voyage students will get the chance to train their entrepreneurial skills – specifically opportunity recognition, problem solving, and business modeling skills – through small assignments and exercises that draw on the itinerary of the voyage. For example, students will be asked to identify severe societal problems that are prevalent in the different regions visited during the voyage. These problems will then serve as the basis for opportunity and business modeling exercises.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 1 - Sunday, 19 April
The field lab will bring us to the New Work Lab in Casablanca and its founder Fatim-Zahra Biaz. The New Work Lab is a working and learning environment for entrepreneurs and startups: It accelerates the growth of startups by providing entrepreneurs with many tools and opportunities: co-working space, workshops to promote entrepreneurship etc. In just one year, New Work Lab has become a major venue for entrepreneurs and startups in Casablanca. Students will have the chance to visit the New Work Lab and collaborate with social entrepreneurs on possible solutions for social problems prevalent in Morocco. Ideas and prototypes will be developed using the design thinking method. Learning opportunities and objectives:
- Get to know and collaborate with Moroccan Social Entrepreneurs
- Gain a better understanding of social problems prevalent in Morocco
- Apply the Design Thinking method