online course:

design your social innovation

inspiration. ideation. action

LAUNCHES OCT. 5TH

OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS

WORK INDIVIDUALLY OR IN TEAMS

ROLLING ENROLLMENT

ASYNCHRONOUS

GO-AT-YOUR-OWN PACE

CHOOSE YOUR JOURNEY

50 MINI CASES FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO CHOOSE FROM

30+ CHANGEMAKING FRAMEWORKS

DESIGNED BY A GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

FLEXIBLE + ECONOMIC PRICING + ENGAGEMENT OPTIONS

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

VALUABLE FOR WHEREVER YOU ARE IN YOUR PROCESS 

“The team approaches their work with professionalism, broad-spectrum skill sets and a tenacious work ethic. Their deep grassroots expertise coupled with business experience and willingness ‘to get their hands dirty’ is unique and hard to come by.”

 

Neil Blumenthal, Co Founder + Co CEO - Warby Parker

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Interested learning how to convert inspiration into innovation and action? We've been designing social innovations for the past 20 years and provide you with the insights, tools and frameworks you'll need to design for positive social change. Whether you're simply interested in learning, have an idea in mind, or are already on your way, we're confident that we can create tremendous value in your social innovation design journey.  

 

This is an asynchronous course that can be completed over a 12 week time frame. You have the opportunity to choose your own pace and your own content based upon the issues that interest you the most. This is pass/fail. Participants who completed the requisite number of  assignments will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from Columbia Business School Venture for All.

THE VALUE PROPOSITION

Practical background knowledge about a social entrepreneurship approach to changemaking with insights gained from over 20 years of field, consulting and teaching experience 

Our goal is to help you work through and learn the social innovation design process in an experiential, practical, enjoyable and inspired way. We've included the following core components to create a unique value proposition for you and/or your team: 

An iterative and flexible design applicable for from those who may just have the seed of an idea to professionals who are already working in social innovation

An informal approach that draws references and analogies from science, music, film, and the arts

30+ practical Changemaking Frameworks to help you build out a complete toolbox that you can use and access well after you've completed this design journey. 

Proven catalytic strategies and tactics for changemaking using solutions journalism mini case studies as examples. We've curated over 50 stories with social innovations from over 25 countries that you can use for your own iterative and inspired social innovation design process.   

A structure whereby you can go-at-your-own pace and complete the course within 3 weeks or 3 months. It's up to you. 

A certificate in "Social Innovation Design" from Columbia Business School "Venture for All" 

10% of all fees divided between the rural Guatemalan education organization and the Haitian social enterprise our leadership co founded

RECEIVE A "CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION" 

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ENGAGEMENT + PRICING OPTIONS

We offer a number of different pricing and engagement options to fit within you means and level of desired engagement. Simply choose the option best for you and "upgrade" as you go if you'd like.  

* OPTION 1 HAS LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES and does not include the Certificate of Completion from Columbia Business School "Venture for All" but does include a Certificate of Completion from Social EntrepreneurU. 

Discounts for Returned and Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers through our collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association. 

"Greg's combined expertise in business and years of experience in social entrepreneurship around the globe give him a unique understanding about the drivers of social innovation. He has a remarkable ability to distill key strategic insights that explain success and communicate them in ways that are both accessible and inspiring."

David Bornstein

Co Founder- Solutions Journalism Network,

Author  - “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”

COURSE STRUCTURE + APPROACH  

Design is an iterative endeavor and, although this course goes through the linear process from hypothesis, to definition, to diagnosis, to design to presentation, we've structured breaks in-between each phase for you to reflect and recalibrate. All along the way we provide lessons, insights, and practical tools and resources to help you along your social innovation design journey. You can pick up, leave off and/or revisit wherever is most appropriate for you and/or your team. 

In addition, as noted above, throughout this course we provide insights about catalytic strategies and tactics that we've learned during our own 20 year design journey accompanied by a curated collection of inspiring global mini-case studies that touch on all of the Sustainable Development Goals. We want you to become empowered to learn from what's working through practical examples so that you can apply these insights to your own social innovation design.