GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with your Grand Challenge Project Idea

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:15pm

Instructors: Fred Rose, Acara Founder and Affiliate Faculty at Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Terri Barreiro, Co-founder and Venture Coach at Impact Hub MSP, Consultant at Cogent Consulting, and Adjunct Faculty at Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Do you want to learn how to design viable solutions to address a complex social or environmental challenge? Are you interested in taking a course with other motivated students from across the university who care about being changemakers and being mentored by 15 UMN faculty who will be supporting the students in the course?

This course provides an intensive, hands-on experience designing and developing a sustainable intervention to an aspect of a Grand Challenge. You define the problem and project you’re interested in addressing and we provide the time, coaching, and skills to help you take it one step further. By the end of the course, you will create a design and implementation plan for a solution that could take many forms, depending on student interest and the nature of the problem (business or nonprofit plans, policy and advocacy plans, media and awareness campaigns and activism plans are all possible). Determining the correct path(s) is part of the learning objectives for the course.

Resources (funding, training and mentors) will be available for students who wish to pursue their project beyond the classroom into implementation.

You can learn more about this course by reviewing this year’s course syllabus.

This class is part of the University’s new, innovative Grand Challenge Curriculum.