Over the past 15 years, the social sector has sought new approaches to old problems. New information and communications technology, new perspectives on investment and...More >>
Over the past 15 years, the social sector has sought new approaches to old problems. New information and communications technology, new perspectives on investment and value creation, new forms of partnerships with government and the private sector, and a new understanding on what true social impact looks like and how it can be measured have all driven the discussion.
We will review ten of the most important current trends in social innovation - understanding their origins, the problems they are intended to address, some of the key actors involved, and their benefits. In addition, will ask: What are the unintended consequences of these popular social innovations? We will explore this question together, with an emphasis on student-led discussion and peer learning.
This course is designed as a survey on social innovation. We will intentionally introduce a range of social sector vocabulary and core concepts, introduce students to leading tools and data resources, highlight thought leaders in the field, and cover a range of key issues including: impact, performance measurement, scaling, and impact investing.
Upon completion, students can expect to have a working knowledge of key innovations in the social sector, a critical perspective on the hype and hope of these new approaches, and be better prepared to work in the social sector where these topics are driving daily design and implementation decisions.