Harness the power of the design process to create and develop your own socially innovative business, or master strategies for leading socially conscious initiatives within your company. Each course builds on the one before, taking students from concept
to venture, from prototyping to validating and creating a tested proof of concept. Students emerge with forward-looking business skills that enable them to effectively create business models, lead organizations, and pitch socially relevant ventures
This course introduces students to a human-centered design process and the way it can be applied to develop enterprises with social impact. It also introduces a social justice lens, integrating issues of power and privilege into the design process. Students
have an opportunity to practice the methods of discovery and ideation to gain a deeper understanding of the unmet need they are hoping to address through their own venture. This course serves as a foundation for the courses that follow in the Business
Design for Social Impact Certificate.
In this course, students solidify their own social venture idea and will learn skills and strategies with which to create and test prototypes of their venture ideas as a means of developing a proof of concept. They also deepen their understanding of the
ecosystem (field or industry) in which they are working and adapt their theory of change in order to strategically intervene in that system to achieve scalable impact.
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