Sustainable Global Entrepreneurship

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Kembel
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1415
End: 1530
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa Download Syllabus

This is a design centric course for entrepreneurial students interested in investigating and understanding how our world is adapting to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century.   We will begin by studying the scope and the intricacies of such global issues as poverty, lack of access to healthcare, environmental degradation, and malnutrition. Although understanding these issues will be paramount to the success of this course, the class is ultimately intended to be a solutions oriented  and we will quickly turn our attention to how the merger of design thinking and for-profit business models can effectively address the needs of the over two billion individuals who live at the “base of the pyramid.”   The course will leverage the creative expertise of the Founder of Stanford’s D-School, George Kembel, matched with the startup experience of the Unreasonable Institute’s Founder, Daniel Epstein.  As we set sail around the world, will also have a rare opportunity to investigate the business models of entrepreneurs who will join us on the Spring 2013 voyage as they work to expand their solutions into new international markets.  You will be challenged to preform consulting projects and primary research on these companies throughout the voyage.  Ultimately, we believe this course will be the most challenging and time intensive course you can enroll for on the ship, but if you are willing to seize this opportunity,  it will be a world-class opportunity to work with innovators and entrepreneurs at the bleeding edge of global trends.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1

A unique learning experience that brings together SAS students with adolescent girls living in poverty in South Africa by giving SAS students the opportunity to put into action their learning so far during the Sustainable Global Entrepreneurship course in a real world context. The workshop will utilize the design thinking methodology students have learned throughout the semester while exposing them to real work challenges that girls in South Africa face on a daily basis. The Field Lab will be delivered in partnership with Nike Foundation + Praekelt– an innovative youth focused organization that has proven success in delivering empowering solutions to young people through their mobile phone platform ‘Young Africa Live’.

Academic Objectives:

1. Create an opportunity for students to put into practice their learning in a real world context
2. Introduce students to realities for young people living in poverty in South Africa
3. Utilize design-thinking methodology studied in the course with real-world problems