Social Innovation Classes

SOCIAL INNOVATION CLASSES

Fall and Spring Semesters - MGMT 3673 – Social Entrepreneurship

The course explores the notion of social entrepreneurship both, as a social movement and as an alternative to traditional business approaches. We also address the limitations of the model, and the way in which our innovation blind spots have contributed toits slow growth and scalability. The course is an invitation for students to get involved and make a difference. Through a full hands-on, service-learning experience, students partner with local or international organizations to develop viable, sustainable and scalable solution on a variety of issues at the local, regional or global levels.


Fall and Spring Semesters - WCOB 3003H –Social Innovation Strategies

Social Innovation Strategies is a hands-on, active-learning and project-based course focused on exploring the process through which social innovation strategies are designed, developed and introduced to the market. Using the case of successful strategies at the grass root, small and medium social enterprises, and corporate levels, students learn how new technologies, research-based innovation, and data science can impact our world through the development of viable strategies or social business models.

Spring Semester – MGMT 4103 – Special Topics in Social Innovation

This hands-on, service-learning course focuses on the implementation of viable social innovation ideas and explores the process through which new social venture models or strategies can become viable while fulfilling a meaningful social mission. Whether they manage to systematically reducethe incidence of a problem, generate and secure income streams, or manage to make a profit, our purpose is to help develop viable social innovations to reduce the incidence or effects of mayor social or environmental problems affecting our community.

GLOBAL CHANGEMAKERS CLASSES

Summer Intersession 2021 –WCOB 330V / INST 493V –Global Changemakers Study Abroad

This innovative study abroad initiative fosters a global collaborative economy and explores critical global challenges from both, a local and an international perspective, finding common ground in the development of viable, sustainable and scalable solutions to these problems. The purpose is to establish and facilitate a global dialogue of change makers. Combining academic and applied learning, thecourse teaches students to understand social or environmental problems as they appear both at home and abroad and invites them to innovate and develop viable, sustainable, and scalable solutions to some of these challenges. The first iteration of the Global Changemaker program is scheduled for the first summer intersession period of May 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.


Fall 2020 –BMEG 460V / SEVI 4103 –Global Perspectives: Changemakers under COVID-19

Now that our world is gradually but unequivocally experiencing the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the urgent and vivid manifestation of some of the emerging problems.This course focuses on specific problems triggered or exacerbated by the crisis and connectsparticipating students with a network of students, faculty, community partners, and mentors located in Bangalore, India, tackling similar problems in the context of their own circumstances. The course reflects on the interdependent nature of today’s world, where the well-being of one individual is intrinsically connected to the well-being of the entire ecosystem.

The intention is to:

  • Connect entrepreneurial students from different parts of the world to understand each other’s challenges, resources, and socio-economic circumstances
  • Encourage students to work together to design viable and sustainable solutions to some of these problems as they manifest in their local communities
  • Engage students in an open source global dialogue of change makers and innovators
  • Expand the social capital of our students at home, inviting them to collaborate in order to advance local solutions
  • Promote empathy, solidarity, and transnational, multidisciplinary, multi-sector collaboration, making sure common problems are solved with common solutions

For more information, contact Rogelio Garcia-Contreras at RGarciaContreras@walton.uark.edu