PEAC039 Social Entrepreneurship for Social Change (Fall 2016)
“Entrepreneurial quality - is by far the toughest (criterion for a social entrepreneur)… For every one thousand people who are creative and altruistic and energetic, there's probably only one who fits this criterion, or maybe even less than that. By this criterion...we do not mean someone who can get things done. There are millions of people who can get things done. There are very, very few people who will change the pattern in the whole field.” --Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World
Gregory Dees (1998) defines social entrepreneurs as “change friendly, opportunity orientated, innovative, resourceful, value-creators: entrepreneurs who intentionally pursue the public good.” In recent times, faced with a decline in the reach of the welfare state globally, social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining importance as a mechanism to delivery public policy in seemingly obdurate circumstances.
This course is built on the line of social entrepreneurship thinking that is concerned with the set of unmet social needs that exist within a society that demand a response, and the entrepreneurial nature of that response. It is premised on the view that there are complex social needs, persistent social problems that are not adequately served, perhaps not even recognized or identified, by market or by state. Through practicum and case analysis, PEAC 039 Social Entrepreneurship for Social Change will allow students to explore the essence of the social entrepreneur, his/her motivation, organization, action and environmental influences. The course will challenge students to think deeply about how an individual can engage, create a movement and sustain significant social change in society.
The course will actively blend extant theory and scholarship with practice through an integrated work program and partnership with CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia (CultureWorks) and their affiliate CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia (CultureTrust), located at 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320. CultureWorks offers a shared working space and support to their entrepreneurial community of individual artists, creative professionals and smaller scale arts, heritage, and creative organizations. Currently 175 individuals and organisations avail of CultureWorks space and support. Working alongside CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia is CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. CultureTrust offers a suite of dedicated additional entrepreneurial support and services to over 60 arts, culture, and heritage projects, organizations, and individuals, predominately within the nonprofit sector. Services include back-office support (bookkeeping, accounting, payroll management, legal, compliance, insurance etc.), strategic planning, business planning and other training opportunities to nonprofits with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $1.5M.
It is expected that students will receive hands-on experience working with a variety of partners, applying the tools and techniques learned in the course directly and in real-time to the organizations/projects operating under CultureTrust. Likewise, students will offer real-time useful advice and consultation to select CultureTrust partners. Students will have the opportunity to meet and work in CultureWorks office space and CultureTrust Project Directors will have an option to sit in on select class discussions at CultureWorks and Swarthmore College. The course will be successful when both students (Swarthmore) and Project Directors (CultureTrust) have received useful, relevant advice and experience that moves their individual and collective agendas (academic and professional) forward. This is meant to truly be a reciprocal learning experience for all participants.
The schedule for classes and independent work time reflects the innovative and reciprocal learning goals of the course, and therefore represent a departure from the more common course delivery schedule in Swarthmore College. Classes will be delivered in 4 intensive blocks over Fall Semester. Classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm to 9pm on selected dates. When not in class, students are expected to work with their teams (to be arranged during first class), and attend Team Seminar Meetings that will be supported by the Course Instructor, Prof Crossan (in person and remotely online) and also support by a Swarthmore Teaching Assistant supplied by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. The full Course Outline and schedule for Classes and Team Seminar Meetings can be requested by email to email@example.com). Students are expected to commit fully to the delivery mechanism and participation, engagement and contribution throughout the Semester are all critical for success.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Crossan via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people's perceptions and behavior.” --David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas