Social Innovation Classes

SOCIAL INNOVATION CLASSES

Fall and Spring Semesters – Social Entrepreneurship (SEVI 3673)

The course explores the notion of social entrepreneurship both, as a social movement and as an alternative to traditional business approaches. From a theoretical perspective, we address the pros and limitations of the model, and the way in which our innovation blind spots have contributed to its 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 Semester – Global Perspectives (MGMT 4103 / BMEG 470V)

This course focuses on specific problems triggered or exacerbated by selected health care challenges. Acknowledging the interdependence of our world, where the well-being of one individual is intrinsically connected to the well-being of the entire ecosystem, the course connects participating students with a global and local network of students, faculty, community partners, and mentors, and invite them to develop viable solutions to some of these problems, demanding creativity and collaboration. The course is a multidisciplinary, multinational effort to come up with solutions that do more, with less, for more. Students are invited to foster communication, optimize the use of existing resources, develop open-source solutions, and apply new social venture development techniques to advance their innovations from idea to implementation.  In the Fall 2021, you can expect a collaboration with the Biomedical Engineering Department (BMEN) and the BMS College of Engineering in India.

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

Spring Semester – Social Innovation Strategies (WCOB 3003H)

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 social innovation strategies at the grass root, small and medium social enterprises, multi-sector collaborations, and corporate levels, students will learn how new technologies, research-based innovation, and data science can impact our world by developing viable social innovation strategies and social business models around these innovations.

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

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