Social Innovation (I&E 261)

This course provides an overview of social innovation. It will begin by assessing problems with current mental and organizational models for addressing social needs and the resulting desire for, and urgency of, innovative approaches. The course develops a theory of innovation and describes examples of persons and organizations demonstrating innovative approaches. We also look at how to innovate effectively and the attributes and skills that cultivate such innovation, emphasizing the importance of systemic thinking, cross sector collaboration, and creative engagement. The course will combine lectures with discussion groups that consider issues such as education, health, children, poverty, and the environment. The course also will seek to provide students with a framework and tools for imagining their own engagement in social innovation.

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