STIA-345 Social Innovation @ Scale
Spring for 2017-2018
Shah, Sonal; Kinder, Molly
Today’s global problems require real problem solving skills. This includes the ability to work across sectors and with interdisciplinary teams. Already, businesses, civil society, and governments are experimenting with ways to find new solutions to some of society’s most difficult challenges. Students receive an incredible academic understanding in their classes -- this 3-credit course helps them apply these skills with a real world client facing a critical challenge. The course integrates various aspects – learning how to define the problem, understanding the context and the challenges to scale, applying analytic skills, and learning how to rapidly prototype ideas and developing presentation skills. Topics can vary from finding the best options for providing healthy meals, helping children get essential services quickly, ensuring a program provides better job training for youth, or finding the best ways to provide clean water to communities.
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