This course provides insight into how to frame problems and devise solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. These problems relate to both social issues like inequity, poverty, and disease as well as environmental issues like air pollution, water pollution, and toxic waste. This course is based on the belief that entrepreneurs are powerful agents of social and economic change who, if properly harnessed, can drive our movement to a sustainable economy and environment. Students will learn how to combine business and management skills with imagination, passion, empathy, and courage to effectively tackle social problems. Through experiential learning and case discussion, students will acquire knowledge and capabilities for the creation and analysis of mission driven for-profit and non-profit social and sustainable ventures. This course examines a diverse set of organizational models and practices that are making a difference worldwide.
Field ClassCountry: Ghana
Date: September 28, 2017
Our field class will visit first-hand with social and sustainable ventures around Accra, Ghana. The field class will be facilitated by Edify, an organization that promotes social entrepreneurs in education (“edupreneurs”) throughout the world. We will meet with Edify to learn how they provide training, resources and micro-financing to facilitate the sustainable growth of low-cost private schools throughout Ghana and Africa. Edify will also take us to visit two of their elementary schools in Accra that are able to offer affordable private schooling to low-income Ghanaian children.
Following our school visits and meeting with Edify leadership, we will reconvene to debrief on our field class experience. Our reflection session will focus on the tools and resources required to launch a social venture and the challenges inherent in creating a sustainable business model.
1. Understand how microfinance supports education ventures in Ghana.
2. Explore the impact of low-fee private schools in providing education for low-income populations.
3. Recognize the influence of partnership and collaboration in building sustainable ventures.