Special Topics in Social Ventures | SSH 400a

bubblesAre you an aspiring social entrepreneur or activist with an innovative idea for a venture that you want to explore further?  The course, SSH 400a, will foster and develop your ideas for practical projects related to social justice, social change, and/or social or cultural entrepreneurship.  Through the use of innovative instructional methods students will develop the practical skills (e.g., proposal writing, fundraising, needs assessments, etc.) needed to move their projects forward.

Taught by Alex Gill, the SocialVentures Zone Innovator in Residence, this course will provide you with the opportunity to build a solid structure around your idea, making it ready to attract support. SSH 400a will be taught in the form of four-, full-day workshops scheduled on Saturdays during the term.  Individual work and study groups will continue in the periods between the Saturday workshops, during which time students will work intensively on their projects.  The course will conclude with a community forum on a Saturday in December (scheduled as a half- or full-day), where you will share your ideas with the broader community in a ‘pitch’ format in order to receive feedback and support and to build your networks.

The course has four main goals:

  • Learn to use the innovative thinking tools that power Silicon Valley to explore social problems and propose solutions;
  • Provide opportunities to work in a collaborative setting with other students in different disciplines;
  • Develop the skills and relationships that will give you the capacity to further develop and realize and pitch your ideas and projects over the 12 weeks of the   course; and,
  • Network with social innovators from a range of organizations across the GTA (through guest speakers and mentors) and social contexts through hosting classes in community spaces

If you are interested in the course for the 2016 Fall term, please email Andrew Hunter ahunter@philosophy.ryerson.ca stating your interest in the course.

Please contact Anne Pringle apringle@ryerson.ca if you have any questions about the course.

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