alex nicholls

alex nicholls

[Social Entrepreneurship Summer School, SOAS, University of London]

3d ago
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[http://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/business-and-management/social-entrepreneurship/ This cutting-edge summer school programme responds to a huge unmet need among today’s university students and young professionals to access intellectual tools for distinguishing between “good” and “evil” innovations. While virtually all developed and developing economies now place a very strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurship and high-value-added innovations, they have clearly not yet learned to evaluate innovations in terms of their broader impacts and desirability. This course will challenge students to re-think innovation from a transparent normative standpoint, inspired by Sedlacek’s celebrated Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street but informed more directly by path-breaking frameworks developed within the field of Social Entrepreneurship (including those elucidated in Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change edited by Alex Nicholls as well as a series of recent publications). It will build on disciplinary approaches from organisational sociology, anthropology, management studies and economics, while distilling key insights into accessible, systematic frameworks that will be useful at a practical level. This pioneering summer school will benefit not only from the critical, even radical, academic culture of SOAS, University of London, but also from proximity to the wider social innovation ecosystem of London. Accordingly, a handful of leading academic experts and leading practitioners will be invited to share their work with students, and tours will be organised to take students to important “hotspots” such as London’s Impact Hubs.]