Supporting Social Change Agents Through the Classroom – The SE Lab Model – Unleashing a Rising Generation of Leading Social Entrepreneurs: An Emerging University Pedagogy

18 Pages Posted: 19 May 2010 Last revised: 2 Nov 2013

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Gordon Bloom

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Michael Pirson

Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network

Date Written: May 19, 2010

Abstract

Social Entrepreneurship is a hot topic. Many students are passionate about making a positive difference in the world and wish to channel their passion and intellect into meaningful action. An increasing amount of universities wish to provide a classroom experiences to their students exposing them to the life world of social entrepreneurs. The university environment so far has not been able to provide students with a meaningful outlet and support environment to promote social change agents. In the following article, we wish to outline an incubator model which has been started at Stanford University, and now being implemented at Harvard, Princeton, and Fordham University. This model successfully provides students with a protected environment to think through their ideas and apply them in concrete projects. This model has transformational qualities, thus we wish to share it with the wider community, as it can be successfully applied in many other academic and practitioner oriented environments.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Pedagogy, Change Agents, Humanistic Management education

JEL Classification: A2, I00, M13, O00, O10, Z00

Suggested Citation

Bloom, Gordon and Pirson, Michael, Supporting Social Change Agents Through the Classroom – The SE Lab Model – Unleashing a Rising Generation of Leading Social Entrepreneurs: An Emerging University Pedagogy (May 19, 2010). Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2010-021. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1612005

Gordon Bloom

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Michael Pirson (Contact Author)

Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration ( email )

1790 Broadway 1147
New York, NY New York 10019
United States

Harvard University

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Humanistic Management Network ( email )

St. Gallen
Switzerland

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