Join us and learn how to develop, test, and deploy high-impact solutions to society's toughest challenges.Social entrepreneurs and social innovators are tackling and diminishing many of the world's problems. They achieve significant positive social impact through the creative and aggressive mobilization of people and other resources:
This course will cover a select set of topics associated with social innovation and entrepreneurship whether nonprofit or for-profit. By taking this course you will share in our combined 45 years of social entrepreneurship experience, and you will learn how to:
Launch social entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of significant positive social impact
Direct energy and limited resources to efficiently launching those projects with the most promise
Apply tools and frameworks to testing and scaling your own social enterprise
The 24 most promising social entrepreneurs who successfully complete the University of Pennsylvania's Coursera Course on Social Entrepreneurship will be selected as fellows for the 2016 Global Social Impact House (GSIH). GSIH is a seven-day residential program that provides fellows with the tools, community and training they need to advance their ventures. Workshops are customized and explore advanced concepts in business models, design thinking and personal leadership. The program is also designed to help fellows build meaningful, global connections while living together in a beautiful ecolodge in Costa Rica.
The Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania will provide full scholarships to every fellow, including room and board. Fellows are responsible for covering travel and visa-related expenses to and from Costa Rica.
Program Dates: January 11 - 17, 2016
Week 1 - What is Social Enterprise?
Week 2 - Deciding Who to Help and How
Week 3 - Understanding Your Beneficiaries and their Alternatives
Week 4 - Testing Assumptions and Measuring Performance
Week 5 - Organizational Form and Stakeholder Management
Readings will be available on the site on a week by week basis.
You may want to read the following titles before and during the class:
Bornstein and Davis, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know
Dees, J. Gregory, Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs
Guo and Bielefeld, Social Entrepreneurship
Please post all inquiries in the appropriate weekly sub-forum. For more information about how to use the forums, please see the Forum Guidelines.Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
No. The issuing of Statement of Accomplishments has been discontinued; however, students will have a record of completed courses in their students records which can be used instead. Only Signature Track students will receive a Verified Certificate endorsed by the University of Pennsylvania. For more information on Verified Certificates, see the Coursera Signature Track information here https://www.coursera.org/signature/.Who will grade my assignments?
For each assignment, students will be required to peer-grade five randomly assigned student submissions. Grading rubrics will be provided for each assignment. After peer-grading is complete, your grade will be calculated as the average of the scores that you receive from peer-graders for your submission
Given the large volume of students in the course, it will not be possible for the course staff to grade individual assignments.
No. Though there will be opportunities for you to apply your own venture idea if you wish, you are not required to create a venture idea for the class.Will my work in the class be protected by a Non-Disclosure Agreement or other forms of Intellectual Property Rights?
No. Given the collaborative nature of the class, which emphasizes peer-grading and public forum discussion, students’ work is not secured by intellectual property rights. We encourage students to share ideas openly so as to receive constructive feedback and useful insights from other students. That being said, if you are concerned with the intellectual property rights of a venture that you are currently working on, we recommend that you do not discuss your venture on the Coursera platform.How should I leverage the global, entrepreneurial peer community in this course?
Actively engage in the forums. Through this course, you gain access to an extremely valuable community of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Take advantage of this community by bouncing ideas off each other, seeking each other's experiences on challenges you are currently facing, and organizing meet-ups with people in your area who are interested in the same beneficiary market.
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