This course is about the unprecedented possibilities of now. Its objective is to develop better understanding among participants of the trends that define our historical moment and the opportunities that those trends create. For each student, that conversation will be directed toward the development of a personal plan of action for entrepreneurial engagement.
Before signing up as a student in this course, you must agree to complete all of the readings and assignments, participate via the online platforms, and log-in to view at least 75% of the courses via our online platform (see below). You must register with a Gmail (Google email) account, as services used in the course will require that you have one.
Note: We understand many students are not able to log into class sessions at these times due to time zone differences. Consequently, we will be recording all class sessions. These recordings will be accessible to enrolled students and auditors for the duration of the course. We will also set up a set of office hours (Google+ Hangouts) at alternate times. Details on this process to follow.)
1st Day: June 4, 2012
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Philip Auerswald @auerswald
Erin Krampetz @erinkrampetz
David J. Miller @campus_entre
Michael Youngblood @youngbloodm
Ours is arguably the most exciting era in human history. The benefits of four centuries of technological and organizational change are at last reaching a previously excluded global majority. This global transformation creates opportunities to connect and contribute that are at least as great in richer places allegedly in “decline” as they are in the (formerly) poorer ones obviously in the ascent.
However the progress of human societies is not inevitable. Expanded prosperity tomorrow depends on choices made today. In an era in which the secrets of the genetic code have been unraveled and fundamental processes of life are being newly understood, people everywhere still face a future marred by the stark realities of persistent conflict, infectious disease, water scarcity, climate change, and other global challenges.
Existing institutions and incentive structures may or may not be adequate to address these challenges. If the past is any guide, continued progress will require continued innovation—the efforts of individuals, groups, and communities who creatively employ new organizational forms, and in many cases new technology, to effect discontinuous, positive change.
This course is about such innovations and the changes that they bring about. It is less about what needs to be done, and more about how to participate in doing.
This course is divided into two parts.
The first part takes an “on the ground” look at the entrepreneurial process: identifying opportunities; defining a strategy and mobilizing resources; achieving sustainability; assessing performance; and scaling for impact.
The second part of the course places the entrepreneurial process in the context of the trends that define our historical moment.
The last two class sessions are dedicated to presentations, peer-to-peer feedback, and collaboration with other interested entrepreneurs from around the globe.
For a final project, students will write a strategic plan for a new venture. These will be judged in an online marketplace by your peers, ourstide entrereneurs, experts, and anyone with internet access.
The seminar on “Entrepreneurship and Globalization” is for global thinkers who are interested in developing their skills to act as entrepreneurial leaders, as well as for those interested in the long-term importance of entrepreneurship to the process of societal development.
The seminar will challenge policy-minded students to think creatively about potential solutions to public challenges, and entrepreneurially-inclined students to analyze the economic, social, and political context that defines entrepreneurial opportunity. Participation in the seminar will help students act as effective leaders of change through the creation of new ventures and through work in existing for-profit, non-profit, and government institutions.
The online section of this course is open to anyone who commits to completing the required readings and to engaging constructively with classmates through our online platforms.
Just like in-class students, online students will be expected to complete the following requirements:
Students can complete work on their own, or self-organize around a particular domain of a global challenge (e.g. energy and climate; water; job creation; global public health). Students are also encouraged to seek out teammates who share an interest in a particular geographic region of the world.
Final strategic plans will be subject to high standards of rigor, practicality, and inventiveness.
Online course sessions will be held on a online platform where you will call in and view lectures via livestream. Instructors will email the platform and log-in info once you register. Students will need access to the Internet (or a 3G smartphone) and a phone or skype.
All students must register with a google email account. We will use many of google’s services, such as Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) to share readings and assignments.
Each class will have twitter chats, using #AshokaUonline. Students are expected to contribute and collaborate on these platforms – before the course begins, students should become familiar and know how to use:
Students must be prepared to start a personal blog to post coursework and collaborate with others.
When sending and posting electronic versions of documents please:
Enrolled students are eligible to receive two badges for completion of the coursework. Students who are awarded both badges will receive an AshokaUonline certificate for completion of the course.
StartUp Badge: Awarded to students who complete the first part of the course on the entrepreneurial process including establishing on online presence and demonstrating competence with collaborative tools
The Coming Prosperity Badge: Awarded to students who complete the second part of the course on global trends including completion of a personal plan of entrepreneurial action
Entrepreneurship and Globalization Course Certification: Granted to students who have been awarded both course badges
There are three books required for this course:
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison (2010), The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, New York: Basic Books. ISBN-10: 0465019358
Eric Reis (2011), The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, New York: Crown Business. ISBN: 978-0307887894
Philip Auerswald (2012), The Coming Prosperity: A Guide to Opportunity in the Age of Entrepreneurship, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199795178
All three books are available in multiple eBook versions, as well as hard copy. (You do not need a Kindle reader to view it; it is possible to download a Kindle reader to your computer.)
We will distribute other readings via Google Drive, or you can visit the links provided at each week’s reading below. Once you sign up for the course, we will send you an invitation to join our dropbox folder (using the email you provide us when you sign up).
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest Umair Haque @umairh Required Readings Auerswald, Philip (2009). “Creating Social Value,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring, pp. 51-55. http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2010/pdf/2009SP_Feature_Auerswald.pdf Karnani, Aneel (2007). “Microfinance Misses its Mark.” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer: 34-40. http://www.ssireview.org/images/articles/2007SU_feature_karnani.pdf Baumol, […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest Matt Flannery @mattflannery Co-founder and CEO, Kiva.org Required Readings Case: Kiva.org Flannery, Matt (2006). “Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance.” Innovations (2:1/2): 31-56. Austin, Rob (2006). “Kiva as a Test of Our ‘Societal […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest Tom Dawkins, co-founder, StartSomeGood.com @StartSomeGood Lecturers: Erin Krampetz Required Readings The Lean Startup: Part I The Power of Pull: Chapters 4-5. Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkNImMHVWwk – Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE – Kauffman Sketchbook – “Money Game” Assignments: Review www.StartSomeGood.com […]
Special Guest Victoria Hale, founder OneWorld Health Case: Institute for OneWorld Health Required Readings Gates, Bill (2007). “Address at Harvard.” Innovations, 2:4, pp. 59-71. pp. 3-9. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/itgg.2007.2.4.3 Hale, Victoria (2007). “Seeking a Cure for Inequity in Access to Medicines.” Innovations, 2:4, pp. 59-71. Wesley Yin (2007). “Solutions and Challenges to Curing Global Health Inequality.” Innovations, […]
No live class session tonight. Instead, listen to these podcasts that go with your readings from The Coming Prosperity: Technology and Long-Run Growth, part 1 https://www.box.com/s/50bf44dfadfe89f8dfa1 Technology and Long-Run Growth, part 2 https://www.box.com/s/869f4f4295c5e60cdbee Your Assignment (online section only): Listen to this podcast on creating social value. It adds context to the readings and discussion from […]
Tune in at 7:30pm EST on Wednesday, June 20. If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. You can follow along with our guests’ presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/FranckNouyrigat/21st-century-entrepreneurship-13398792?from=share_email. Special Guest Marc Nager and Franck Nouyrigat, co-founders Startup Weekend Lecturers: David Miller and Michael Youngblood Required Readings […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Required Readings The Coming Prosperity: chapter 2 Video Hans Rosling, 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes: http://youtu.be/jbkSRLYSojo. Supplementary Reading Thomas Malthus (2008 ), An Essay on the Principle of Population, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press; chapter […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Session: 10am EST New York / 6pm Dubai / 2pm GMT Special Guest: Fadi Ghandour, founder of Aramex, the first Arab company to go public on NASDAQ and founding partner of Maktoob, one of the largest […]
Listen to internet radio with Entrepreneurship and Globalization on Blog Talk Radio Special Guest Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President-elect, George Mason University MIXED MEDIA CLASS: PODCAST + 1 HOUR ONLINE SESSION + TEAM MEETINGS Required Readings The Coming Prosperity: chapters 6-7. Supplementary Readings Joseph A. Schumpeter (1928). “The Instability of Capitalism.” The Economic Journal (38:151), September; […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest: Greg Van Kirk @gregvankirk Ashoka Fellow, Co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, and thought leader on MicroConsignment Models Required Readings Case: Aravind Eye Hospital V. Kasturi Rangan and R. D. Thulasiraj (2007). “Making Sight Affordable,” […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest Semhar Aria is the founder and executive director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), a 2012 White House Champion of Change, and was commended by President Barack Obama for her diaspora leadership. Readings Michael Clemens (2010). “A […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest: You, co-founder of your new venture Students will call into the live class session to pitch their new venture. Best pitch wins $300 USD (based on student vote). Students have 60 seconds. To schedule […]
If you are on a device that does not support Flash, you can listen along at the mobile link. Special Guest: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource Video Leila Jannah, TEDxSiliconValley: http://youtu.be/1Ce9EfF2lHE No Readings, complete your final assignments.
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