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The Common Theme Project - handout

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  1. 1. Common Theme website: Theme Steering Committee Co-chairs:Jane LuzarDean, IUPUI Honors Collegeejluzar@iupui.eduJulie ElkinsAsst. Vice Chancellor of Student Life and Learningelkinsj@iupui.eduAcademic Affairs Faculty Fellow for the Common Theme:Kathleen A. HannaAssociate Librarian, IUPUI University• IUPUI Social Entrepreneur Network on LinkedIn:• Oncourse Social Entrepreneurs Project Site: join by searching on "social entrepreneurs" in Oncourse, or bycontacting Kathleen Hanna at COMMON THEME AND RELATED EVENTS:• Wednesday, September 28th Nonprofit Capacity Building ConferenceIUPUI Campus Center 8:00am - 4:00pm by IUPUI Solution Center• Tuesday, October 11th Dewitt Jones, National Geographic photographerClosing plenary keynote speaker: at CUMU Conference, IUPUI Campus Center Room 450Speaking on “Clear Vision!”[This event is free and open to the public. Conference registration is NOT required.]• Wednesday, November 9th David BornsteinAuthor of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New IdeasTime/venue TBA[This event is free and open to the public.]CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING STAGES:• Student photography contest - Fall 2011• Student social entrepreneurship competition - Fall 2012 thru Spring 2013
  2. 2. 2011 - 2013 IUPUI COMMON THEME: OVERVIEWKathleen A. Hanna, Associate LibrarianThis is . . . about people who solve social problems on a large scale. Most . . . are not famous. They are not politicians or industrialists. Someare doctors, lawyers and engineers. Others are management consultants, social workers, teachers, and journalists. Others began as parents. Whatunites them is their role as social innovators, or social entrepreneurs. They have powerful ideas to improve people’s lives and they haveimplemented them across cities, countries, and, in some cases, the world.*The 2011 - 2013 Common Theme is inspired by the stories and principles described in the book How to Change the World:Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. It is about ordinary people from extremely diversebackgrounds and from nearly every continent who have applied social entrepreneurship principles in the areas ofeducation, medicine and health care, human rights, environmental issues, access to technology, literacy, sustainabledevelopment, poverty and homelessness, small and micro-business development, women’s and children’s rights, andinfrastructure development.Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new international movement, and now academic discipline, that is gainingmomentum in a global economy in which governments are unable to sustain efforts to develop solutions to a burgeoningrange of social problems. Bornstein defines social entrepreneurship as “. . . a process by which citizens build or transforminstitutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmental destruction, humanrights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.” It goes beyond a business or a social activismphilosophy; it encompasses a multidisciplinary, holistic worldview. Social entrepreneurs “readily cross disciplinaryboundaries, pulling together people from different spheres, with different kinds of experience and expertise, who can,together, build workable solutions that are qualitatively new.”Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas will be part celebration and part challenge. The IUPUI campus and itsindividual units are renowned for service learning and social outreach activities. This Common Theme will allow us torecognize and celebrate our successes as well as challenge us to find new ways to make an impact in our community. Itwill introduce the campus and community to local social entrepreneurs who are willing to share their stories and engagestudents, faculty, and staff in events and activities that will encourage thought, debate, research, and innovation.This multidisciplinary and multicultural Theme presents many opportunities for cross-campus research, interaction withinternational students and faculty, and expanding study abroad programs. It generates myriad ways to incorporate serviceand experiential learning at the campus, community, or global level by building on current partnerships and establishingnew ones that will evolve beyond IUPUI.Our greatest strengths are our highly diverse and creative population, broad range of disciplines and partnerships, andaccess to resources, which make IUPUI uniquely situated to engage in a Common Theme that has the potential to affectsocial change both great and small, locally and globally, giving everyone the potential to truly be a changemaker.*Bornstein, David. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.Bornstein, David and Susan Davis. Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford UP, 2010.
  3. 3. DEFINITIONS OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIPSocial entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform institutions to advance solutions to socialproblems, such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmental destruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order tomake life better for many.Bornstein, David and Susan Davis. Social Entrepreneurship: What EveryoneNeeds to Know. New York: Oxford UP, 2010.Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They areambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not workingand solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly, understandable, ethical, and engage widespread support inorder to maximize the number of local people that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other words,every leading social entrepreneur is a mass recruiter of local changemakers—a role model proving that citizens whochannel their passion into action can do almost anything.“What is a Social Entrepreneur?” define social entrepreneurship as having the following three components: (1) identifying a stable but inherentlyunjust equilibrium that causes the exclusion, marginalization, or suffering of a segment of humanity that lacks the financialmeans or political clout to achieve any transformative benefit on its own; (2) identifying an opportunity in this unjustequilibrium, developing a social value proposition, and bringing to bear inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage, andfortitude, thereby challenging the stable state’s hegemony; and (3) forging a new, stable equilibrium that releases trappedpotential or alleviates the suffering of the targeted group, and through imitation and the creation of a stable ecosystemaround the new equilibrium ensuring a better future for the targeted group and even society at large.Martin, Roger L. and Sally Osberg. “Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition.”Stanford Social Innovation Review Spring 2007: 29 - 39.
  4. 4. FOR FACULTYThe IUPUI Common Theme Project is designed to promote campus unity, conversation, and collaboration across alldisciplines on timely issues that connect IUPUI to central Indiana and the world. The first Common Theme, “ConsumingWell for the Wealth of Communities, from IUPUI to the World,” spanned academic years 2009–2011 and focused on thegreen economy, healthy communities, and sustainability. Each year the Common Theme Steering Committee also choosesone book that supports the Theme and invites the campus and community to read and discuss it.Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas []focuses on social entrepreneurship, using David Bornstein’s How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneursand the Power of New Ideas as the campus common reader.Social entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform institutions toadvance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmentaldestruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.Important points about social entrepreneurship:• Research into social issues or problems is essential.• The people being helped are active partners in the process.• It results in creative and innovative solutions to social problems.• It can be used as basis for course-related projects, research, servicelearning activities, student organization activities, and creating start-uporganizations or businesses.• It may provide support or assistance for existing organizations,including non-profits, socially responsible companies, orgovernment entities.• Solutions can be applied locally, nationally, and globally.• Assessing the impact of the work is a vital part of the process.Special opportunities for academic units:• Choose the definition(s) and aspects of the Common Theme that bestspeak to your School’s vision, goals, objectives, and outcomes.• Explore new avenues of faculty research and scholarship through socialentrepreneurship in the disciplines.• Pursue additional funding and partnerships to expand current social entrepreneurship activities locally or globally.• Seek new partnerships to develop new social entrepreneurship projects through campus support units such as theSolution Center [], Center for Service and Learning [], Centerfor Research and Learning [], and through internal and external grant sources.• Use the Common Theme to complement existing IUPUI initiatives and activities, such as RISE, TRIP, andcommunity engagement.• Develop special events, competitions, or conferences that support the Common Theme and enhance studentengagement across disciplines.• Reconnect with your School’s alumni.
  5. 5. FOR STUDENTSThe IUPUI Common Theme Project is designed to promote campus unity, conversation, and collaboration across alldisciplines on timely issues that connect IUPUI to central Indiana and the world.Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas [] focuses on socialentrepreneurship, using David Bornstein’s How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power ofNew Ideas as a campus book.Social entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform institutions toadvance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmentaldestruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.Important points about social entrepreneurship:• Research into social issues or problems is essential.• It results in creative and innovative solutions to social problems.• Those being helped are active partners in the process.• Solutions can be applied locally, nationally, or globally.• Assessing impact of the work is a vital part of the process.We invite students to:• Read How to Change the World and use supplemental resources from theCommon Theme website, University Library, and other sources to enhanceyour assignments, projects, research, student organization or personalactivities.• Get involved in Common Theme activities on campus and in thecommunity, such as author David Bornstein’s visit to IUPUI inNovember.• Use your skills, talents, and passions to support social entrepreneurship organizations or activities on campus andin the community.• Get involved in campus research, international study, and service experiential learning opportunities.• Encourage your school or student organization to develop special projects or events related to the CommonTheme that will engage the campus and local community.• Join or start a local chapter of a national organization, such as:AIESEC Partners Impact Noise Venture
  6. 6. SAMPLE SOCIAL ISSUESEconomicsPovertyHomelessness/affordable housingAccess to healthy food choicesSustainable developmentSocially responsible business practicesEducationAccess to educationLiteraciesGraduation rates K-12Healthy school lunchesPhysical education/fitnessCollege readinessEnvironmentClimate changeSustainabilityClean energyRecyclingAccess to clean drinking waterFood and agriculture/famineHealth & SafetyCrime and violenceAccess to health careMental healthPublic health/pandemics/epidemicsImpaired drivingPremature births/infant mortalityHuman RightsChild abuseDomestic abuseRape/incestHuman trafficking/slaveryBullyingCivil rights/discriminationLGBT rightsDisability rightsWar/genocideCensorshipWomen’s rightsWhat others are you passionate about?
  7. 7. IDEAS FOR INTEGRATING THE COMMON THEME• Develop project- or problem-based learning initiatives, perhaps using a specific cohort and across courses in the discipline.For example, students research a social issue and possible solutions in a 100- or 200-level course and then pilot one of thosesolutions with a community partner during a 300- or 400-level course.• Study historical or contemporary social entrepreneurs in your discipline. Examples: Florence Nightingale, Horace Mann,Susan B. Anthony, John Muir, Maria Montessori, Muhammad Yunus, Blake Mycoskie.• Compare and contrast solutions to similar problems in two different cultures or countries. For example, train platformschools in India that strive to reach impoverished children who are unable to attend school (see PBS’s The New Heroes and the local initiative, School on Wheels, which provides tutors for homeless children in Indianapolis.PBS also has some online teaching tools: Althoughgeared for grades 6 - 12, there are links to resources and a couple of fun interactive tools that could help get the ball rollingin the classroom:• Locate alumni who have become non-profit social entrepreneurs or are active in socially responsible companies. Bring theminto the classroom or to campus or partner with them on specific projects.• Introduce students to the professional literature by using journal articles about how social entrepreneurship is taught orapplied in your discipline.• Draw parallels between the characteristics of social entrepreneurs (see Bornstein, Chapter 18) and:Principles of Undergraduate LearningPrinciples of Graduate and Professional LearningMission of your SchoolProfessional standards of your disciplineLearning styles• What are your students already passionate about (besides finding a parking space)? Are they involved in activities with socialentrepreneurship organizations outside of the classroom or with a student organization looking for new ideas? Are theyinterested in starting a student chapter of a social entrepreneurship organization?• Subscribe to a social entrepreneurship blog or Facebook page and critique posts, gain ideas for research papers, or contribute(thoughtful) posts or questions.• Interview a local social entrepreneur and record the oral/video history of his/her organization or business.• Social entrepreneurship relies heavily on creativity and innovation. Emphasize how developing these skills will beadvantageous to students regardless of career path.• Identify a local current event of interest as a result of an ongoing social problem, such as the recent suspicious arson fires onIndianapolis’s east side and the blight of vacant homes, and critically evaluate possible solutions that include multiple aspectsof the event/problem (economic, legal, social, etc.).
  8. 8. CHAPTERS OVERVIEWChapter 1: Restless PeopleGeneral background information on social entrepreneurship. Notable: more assessment isneeded to ascertain the impact of social entrepreneurship activities on society.Chapter 2: From Little Acorns Do Great Trees Grow• Main focus: EducationGloria de Souza - teacher; experiential educationIndia• Others that may find this chapter of interest:: Political Science, SPEAChapter 3: The Light in My Head Went On• Main focus: Engineering & TechnologyFábio Rosa - agricultural engineer; rural electrification (incl. solar)Brazil (in an area similar to Mississippi Delta)• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Business, Earth Sciences, Journalism,Political Science, SPEA, World Languages & CulturesChapter 4: The Fixed Determination of an Indomitable Will• Main focus: NursingFlorence NightingaleU.K.• Others that may find this chapter of interest: History, Mathematics, Medicine, Sociology, student veterans, Women’s StudiesChapter 5: A Very Significant Force and Chapter 6: Why Was I Never Told about This?Background information on the founding of Ashoka by Bill Drayton (U.S. ). This chapter should appeal to all disciplines.Chapter 7: Ten-Nine-Eight-Childline!• Main focus: Social WorkJeroo Billimora - social worker, child advocate; founder of Child Helpline InternationalIndia• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Computer Science, Education, Medicine, Political Science, SPEAChapter 8: The Role of the Social Entrepreneur• Describes how a single passionate individual can be a force for social change.• This chapter may appeal to: African-American Studies, American Studies, Business, Education, History, Medicine, SocialWork, Sociology, SPEA, Women’s Studies• U.S. historical figures mentioned:William Lloyd Garrison (abolition) and John Woolman (Quaker abolitionist)Gifford Pinchot (environ. conservation and mgmt)Horace Mann (public education reform)Susan B. Anthony (women’s suffrage)Jane Addams (social welfare, juvenile justice)Asa Philip Randolph (labor rights for African -Americans)Ralph Nader (consumer protection)Mary Lasker (National Institutes of Health)Ellison C. Pierce (anesthesia safety)
  9. 9. Chapter 9: “What Sort of a Mother Are You?”• Main focus: Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, NursingErzsébet Szekeres - parent, advocate for disabled children/young adultsHungary• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Education, Health & Rehabilitation Science, History, Physical Education,Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, SPEA, World Languages & CulturesChapter 10: Are They Possessed, Really Possessed, by an Idea?• Great entrepreneurs and ideas survive the “knockout test”Do you possess creativity in goal-setting and problem solving?Do you exhibit entrepreneurial qualities?o Are you “possessed by the idea”?o Are you on top of the “how-to” questions?o Are you realistic?Social impact - how many people will be affected by the idea and how significantly?Ethical fiber - trustworthiness is key• Social Entrepreneur’s “life cycle”Apprenticeship - learningLaunch - test phaseTake-off - extended period of refinement, spreading ideasMaturity - demonstrated impactChapter 11: If the World Is to Be Put in Order• Main focus: MedicineVera Cordeiro - physician; children’s healthcare reformBrazil• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Art, Business, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, SPEAChapter 12: In Search of Social Excellence• Individuals mentioned:Ibrahim Sobham - teacher, Bangladesh (peer teaching)Anil Chitrakar - engineer, Nepal (children trained to maintain solar electric pumps)Muhammad Yunus - economist, Bangladesh (founder of Grameen Bank, microfinance)Jadwiga Lopata - farmer, Poland (organic farming)Rodrigo Baggio - businessman/techie/teacher, Brazil (digital divide)Beulah Thumbadoo - teacher, South Africa (adult literacy)Chapter 13: The Talent is Out There• Main focus: EducationJ.B. Schramm - College Summit (college access for high-risk students)U.S.• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Academic Advising, Admissions, Business, English, Business, Economics,Religious Studies, TheaterChapter 14: New Opportunities, New Challenges• Additional background on Bill Drayton and Ashoka’s expanded activities in Latin American, Central Europe, and (badly)Africa, which became a learning experience.• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Business, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  10. 10. Chapter 15: Something Needed to Be Done• Main focus: Nursing, MedicineVeronica Khosa: - nurse; home care for AIDS patientsSouth Africa• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Education, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Political Science,Social Work, SociologyChapter 16: Four Practices of Innovative Organizations• Practices:1. Institutionalize listening2. Pay attention to the exceptional (or the unexpected)3. Design real solutions for real people (be realistic about human behavior)4. Focus on the human qualities• Organizations mentioned:Sharing the Things We Have: Wojciech Onyszkiewicz, post-Communist Poland (food bank/children’s educational tripsexchange - “potato trips”)Barka Foundation for the Promotion of Mutual Help: Tomasz Sadowski, Poland (homeless after loss of governmentsponsorship of collective farms)Gapa-Bahia: Harley Henriques do Nacimento, Brazil (curtailing spread of AIDS)Toxics Link: Ravi Agarwal, India (disposal of hospital waste w/o incinerators)Edisca: Dora Andrade, Brazil (ballet school for low-income girls)Center for Deep Ecology: Andrzej Korbel, Poland (environment)Gaja Club: Jacek Bozek, Poland (environment)Chapter 17: This Country Has to Change• Main focus: Health & Rehabiliation Sciences, MedicineJaved Abidi - disability rights; National Center for the Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)India (60 - 100 million disabled population in India!)• Others that may find this chapter of interest: Business, Communications, Computer Science, Education, History,Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, SPEA, Tourism ManagementChapter 18: Six Qualities of Successful Social Entrepreneurs1. Willingness to Self-Correct (stay focused on the goal, but be willing to alter your approach or plan)2. Willingness to Share Credit (the greater the willingness to share the credit for your success, the more people will want tohelp you)3. Willingness to Break Free of Established Structures (established structures may hinder true change, but organizationscan be redirected)4. Willingness to Cross Disciplinary Boundaries (“creative combining” overcomes organizational and intellectual “silos”)5. Willingness to Work Quietly (social entrepreneurs often labor in relative obscurity and look for opportunities in placesothers do not)6. Strong Ethical ImpetusChapter 19: Morality Must March with Capacity• Main focus: James Grant: head of UNICEF; global child welfare issues• This chapter may appeal to: Business, Education, Law, Medicine, Political Science, Religious Studies, SPEA, WorldLanguages & Cultures• Notable: The Convention on the Rights of the Child was drafted 1979 - 1989, became int’l law 1990, never ratified by U.S.)Chapter 20: Blueprint CopyingHow can we best assess the impact of social entrepreneurship and share knowledge than can be used to replicate programs andactivities globally?