Monday, August 3, 2015

Free online course in Social Entrepreneurship

Hi Friends,

Unfortunately, there are not many institutes in the world, specially in India where MBA or a course in social entrepreneurship is taught. 

Few of the institutes are:
  1. NMIMS, Mumbai (Diploma and MBA Social entrepreneurship- part time)
  2. MA Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai- Full time
  3. PG Diploma in development Studies, SP Jain, Mumbai, Part time
  4. IGNOU, MBA in social entrepreneurship (India)

There are few more institutes offering full time MBA in social entrepreneurship, but they are not recommendable. 

As you know, our course is a kind of MBA programmes with lot of theories and focus as an MBA rather than truly focusing on entrepreneurship. 

I am a fan of MOOC courses, they are really rich in course content, very practical and free of cost.  One of such course is "Social Entrepreneurship"  from Coursera. 

What is social entrepreneurship?
  1. Social entrepreneurship is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to find solutions to socialproblems. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs.
So you may have a business plan where you want to make profit for sure and not for charity. But, you want to do such a business which can bring a social change, this is social entrepreneurship.

Few of the examples in India
1. Dhruv Lakra, Mirakle Couriers

2. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh Sauchalay

3. Anita Ahuja, Conserve India Anita and Shalabh Ahuja founded Conserve India as an NGO to recycle the waste in their neighbourhood that wasn't being managed by local authorities

4. Sumita Ghose, Rangsutra

5. Saloni Malhotra, Desi Crew (India's first rural BPO)

6. Ishita Khanna, Spiti ecosphere (Eco tourism)

7. Harish Hande, Selco (Affordable solar lighting solutions)

8. Dr/ Prof/ Dinabandhu Sahoo- Project Chilka (Increasing people's income level and also developing a carbon eating car)

9.Dr.  Madhav Chavan,Pratham (Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage.)

10. Anshu Gupta, Goonj 
Popularly known as the Clothing Man, Anshu has done his Mass communications twice and masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector.  Anshu’s work with GOONJ goes to a core challenge of our times; the growing gap between the urban prosperity & rural poverty. His work has a game changing element in many ways; he has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it effectively and efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale development work on diverse issues; roads, water, environment, education, health etc. in some of the most backward and remote pockets of India. Not only is the so called urban waste addressing ignored basic needs it’s turning out to be a valuable asset for income generation. Bridging the massive gap of social and economic inequities between urban and rural India in an innovative way, Anshu has created a new dynamic focused on the receiver’s dignity rather than the donor’s pride.

12. Shaheen Mistri, Akanksha foundation and teach for India

13. Vinayak Lohaani, Parivar Ashram

14. Hariharan P .V. Agro-Biogenics (Clean-Tech) Pvt Ltd - Working toward Mitigating Global Warming and Poverty (GWP)

15. Late Prof. Banwari lal Sharma:
 Azadi Bachao Andolan that was led as peoples’ movement in different part of the nation against nuclear energy. The main aim of the andolan was to seek control of environment and its resources in the hands of local people. He also was a member of the movement in Orissa against Posco Steel as well as the spread of the multinational soft-drinks in the nation. He was one of the founding members of National Alliance of Peoples Movement as well as Swaraj Vidyapeeth at Allahabad. The Vidyapeeth worked with a focus of Jagrit Samaj promoting a new pedagogy.
I was lucky to meet him before he passed away. I feel really lucky now. 

Here is the course details

by Kai Hockerts, Kristjan Jespersen, Robert Austin, Anirudh Agrawal, Ester Barinaga, Sudhanshu Rai

Awarding body: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (Ranked as globally top 45 B schools in 2o14 by FT and average ranking of 39 (IIMs, NMIMS, JBIMS are not even part of top 200)

Course fee: Free

Duration: 12 weeks

Course outline:

Week 1 - Definitions of Social Entrepreneurship

Welcome back to the Social Entrepreneurship MOOC Week 1. During this week we will share some perspectives and definitions of Social Entrepreneurship by academics from the U.K and U.S to help you shape your personal understanding of this field. Finally and certainly not least, we will engage you in the "The 7-day challenge"

So you can see, there are lot of videos and questions to complete. 

Week 2 - Who is a Social Entrepreneur?

    At the end of this week, you should:
    • Have posted an initial idea for a social start-up or at least browsed ideas by others.
    • Have a good understanding of the role of empathy, moral judgement, self efficacy, and percieved social support as predictors social entrepreneurial behavior
    • Thought through one of the social problems outlined in this week's assignment.
I am not going to post more detailed curriculum as you can go through the coursera website and find it out. I am just providing for outline

Week 3 - How to Identify an Opportunity?

Week 4 - How to Build your Business Model

Week 5 - Applying the Business Model Canvas

Week 6 - The Purpose of a Business Plan

Week 7 - Selecting an Organizational Form

Week 8 - Attracting Start-up Funding

Week 9 - Measuring Social Impact

Week 10 - How Social Enterprises Communicate

Week 11 - Replication of Social Enterprises

Week 11 - Replication of Social Enterprises

Week 12 - Time to Submit Your Business Plan

The course is already over for current session, but if you are not interested for certification and focused on learning, you may download the course video and comments as well as responses of other participants. You may apply for next session of the course. I am sure you will love it.

Mumbai, August 03, 2015

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