This is a course designed to introduce students to some of the world’s pressing problems and study some approaches that have promise of successfully addressing these problems. We will study successful programs to alleviate the often inter-related effects of poverty, particularly in developing countries, complex problems of global public health, and local responses to climate change in both developed and less-developed countries. We will see how social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs, using business theories and operations to address social problems, can inspire others and successfully tackle complex problems.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 2 - Thursday, 16 October
Visit the Trebotti Organic Farm, the first sustainable producer of organic wine and extra-virgin olive oil in Italy. The TREBOTTI farm was founded in Castiglione in Teverina. It is an organic farm strongly involved in environmental sustainability. Its aim is to become a ‘ZERO IMPACT’ farm and to obtain a superior quality label. The farm borders the medieval towns of Castiglione in Teverina and Civitella D’Agliano and for centuries has been renowned for the cultivation of grapes and olives. The neighbouring town Civita di Bagnoregio - the dying city - and Orvieto are within a few km reach of the lake Lago di Bolsena. The microclimate, aspect and direction of slope, and the land type, offer the chance to experiment and create a superior quality wine complying with organic agriculture criteria. Academic Objectives: 1. To learn about growing organic grapes, olives, and vegetables. 2. To learn about the challenges and benefits of producing organic wines and olive oils of high quality. 3. To learn about "slow food" in the movement's birthplace, Italy.