Wednesday
March 16
2011

Wei Wei Hsing

Breaking New Ground: UM, Acumen Develop Social Entrepreneurship Course

Editor’s Note: This post also appeared on the Acumen Fund blog.

In a new class (Acumen Fund @ UM: Leading Innovation through Social Entrepreneurship) offered this fall, the University of Michigan will be launching a curriculum co-developed with Acumen Fund on leading innovation through social entrepreneurship.

Acumen is thrilled to be working with Moses Lee, Nicholas Tobier, and the Center for Entrepreneurship at UM on the course syllabus. It’s a first for both Acumen Fund and the UM.

Our dream for the class is to see students inspired towards creating sustainable and meaningful change, both in their own communities and overseas. Students taking the course will learn:

  • A framework for understanding social entrepreneurship through Acumen’s model and case studies
  • How and where design thinking factors in
  • Tools for developing their own unique leadership styles, using modules adapted from our Fellows curriculum

Students will be required to complete a leadership project on campus, be placed on interdisciplinary teams, and blog actively as part of the class. The leadership projects are ideas for social change that students will enact on campus or in the surrounding community.

“The students will be learning concepts of empathy, moral imagination, and operations throughout the course and will come up with an concept idea based on them,” Moses adds.

We’re looking forward to the pilot launch in September and will share updates on the course throughout this fall.

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