PA 5743: Social Innovation Design Lab: Making your Idea a Reality

Postponed

Spring 2020 | Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 PM | Remote | 1.5 credits

Instructors:   Megan Voorhees, Director of Experiential Education and Graduate Programs at Institute on the Environment and Affiliate Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Andrea Davila, Adjunct Faculty Member, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Tony Loyd, Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur

Do you have an idea for an organization, initiative or venture that that could address a social or environmental problem? This course is designed to help aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers from all disciplines develop a viable proposal for social change. Course content includes an introduction to human-centered design thinking, change management, leadership skills, non-profit and for-profit business models, and social entrepreneurship frameworks. At the end of the course, students present their project to a panel of experts.

Students and teams from this course will be encouraged to compete in the Acara Challenge for prizes and up to $5000 in fellowship money to pilot their idea.

You can learn more about this course here.

How can I participate? Students or teams interested in this course should apply by emailing a 1-page resume and project description (1 paragraph to 1 page) of your project/idea to acara@umn.edu. The essay should address your motivation for taking the course, along with describing your idea, where you are with developing it, and what you need to take it forward.