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The Common Theme Project - handout for sla

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  1. 1. Change Your World:The Power of New Ideas2011 - 2013Common Theme Steering Committee Co-chairs:GayleWilliams, Assistant DeanIUPUI University Collegegawillia@iupui.eduJane Luzar, DeanIUPUI Honors Collegeejluzar@iupui.eduAcademic Affairs Faculty Fellow for the Common Theme:Kathleen A. Hanna, Associate LibrarianIUPUI University Librarykgreatba@iupui.eduSteering Committee members: YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE STEERING COMMITTEE OR ANY OFITS PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES, PLEASE NOTIFY GAYLE WILLIAMS ATGAWILLIA@IUPUI.EDU.
  2. 2. WHAT’S THE IUPUI COMMON THEME PROJECT?HTTP://WWW.IUPUI.EDU/COMMON_THEME/The IUPUI Common Theme Project grew out of an initiative byUniversity College and is designed to promote campus unity,conversation, and collaboration across all disciplines on timely issuesthat connect IUPUI to central Indiana and the world.The first Common Theme, ―Consuming Well for the Wealth ofCommunities, from IUPUI to the World,‖ spanned academic years2009–2011 and focused on the green economy, healthy communities, and sustainability. Each yearthe Common Theme Steering Committee also chooses one book that supports the Theme andinvites the campus and community to read and discuss it.The new Common Theme for 2011 - 2013 is “Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas”and will focus on social entrepreneurship, in principle and practice, using David Bornstein’sHow to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas as the campusreader.We invite faculty to: Read the Common Theme book (or pertinent excerpts) and any supplemental sources asappropriate and use them to enhance your research, teaching, and student engagement. Showcase your past and current social entrepreneurship projects or activities with thecampus and community. Foster new social entrepreneurship activities, in and out of the classroom and acrossdisciplines that will attract new partnerships, students, and donors. Develop special events that will engage the campus and community.The Common Theme offers opportunities and benefits for: active learning service learning study/service abroad research publication, including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) case studies classroom discussions collaboration across the campus and communityHow the Steering Committee plans to help: Inventory and celebrate social entrepreneurship activities on campus. Collect research and stories about activities into an open access journal, hosted by UniversityLibrary. Offer a clearinghouse of resources to direct people for information, guidance, and assistance- including UROP, MURI, Solution Center, CSL, and Signature Centers - to connect andpursue their ideas. Develop ―creation stations‖ - virtual and physical spaces for students, faculty, and staff toexplore and develop their ideas and build a sense of community across campus silos.Change Your World:The Power of New Ideas2011 - 2013
  3. 3. Change Your World:The Power of New Ideas2011 - 20132011 - 2013 IUPUI COMMON THEME: OVERVIEWKathleen A. Hanna, Associate LibrarianThis is . . . about people who solve social problems on a large scale. Most . . . are notfamous. They are not politicians or industrialists. Some are doctors, lawyers andengineers. Others are management consultants, social workers, teachers, and journalists.Others began as parents. What unites them is their role as social innovators, or socialentrepreneurs. 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 principlesdescribed in the book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by DavidBornstein. It is about ordinary people from extremely diverse backgrounds and from nearly everycontinent who have applied social entrepreneurship principles in the areas of education, medicineand health care, human rights, environmental issues, access to technology, literacy, sustainabledevelopment, poverty and homelessness, small and micro-business development, women’s andchildren’s rights, and infrastructure development.Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new international movement, and now academic discipline,that is gaining momentum in a global economy in which governments are unable to sustain effortsto develop solutions to a burgeoning range of social problems. Bornstein defines socialentrepreneurship as ―. . . a process by which citizens build or transform institutions to advancesolutions 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 asocial activism philosophy; it encompasses a multidisciplinary, holistic worldview. Socialentrepreneurs ―readily cross disciplinary boundaries, pulling together people from different spheres,with different kinds of experience and expertise, who can, together, build workable solutions that arequalitatively new.‖Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas will be part celebration and part challenge. TheIUPUI campus and its individual units are renowned for service learning and social outreachactivities. This Common Theme will allow us to recognize and celebrate our successes as well aschallenge us to find new ways to make an impact in our community. It will introduce the campusand 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, andinnovation.This multidisciplinary and multicultural Theme presents many opportunities for cross-campusresearch, interaction with international students and faculty, and expanding study abroad programs.It generates myriad ways to incorporate service and experiential learning at the campus, community,or global level by building on current partnerships and establishing new ones that will evolve beyondIUPUI.Our greatest strengths are our highly diverse and creative population, broad range of disciplines andpartnerships, and access to resources, which make IUPUI uniquely situated to engage in a CommonTheme that has the potential to affect social change both great and small, locally and globally, givingeveryone 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.
  4. 4. Change Your World:The Power of New Ideas2011 - 2013WHAT’S A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR/ENTREPRENEURSHIP? Social entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build ortransform institutions to advance solutions to social problems,such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmental destruction,human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life betterfor many.Bornstein, David and Susan Davis. Social Entrepreneurship:What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressingsocial problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offeringnew ideas for wide-scale change.Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, socialentrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system,spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives tochanging the direction of their field. They are both visionaries and ultimate realists,concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly, understandable, ethical, andengage widespread support in order to maximize the number of local people that will standup, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other words, every leading social entrepreneuris a mass recruiter of local changemakers—a role model proving that citizens who channeltheir passion into action can do almost anything.Over the past two decades, the citizen sector [people who care and take action to serveothers and cause needed change] has discovered what the business sector learned long ago:There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.―What is a Social Entrepreneur?‖ 2010. 15 December 2010<>. We define social entrepreneurship as having the following three components: (1)identifying a stable but inherently unjust equilibrium that causes the exclusion,marginalization, or suffering of a segment of humanity that lacks the financial means orpolitical clout to achieve any transformative benefit on its own; (2) identifying anopportunity in this unjust equilibrium, developing a social value proposition, and bringing tobear inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage, and fortitude, thereby challenging thestable 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 thecreation of a stable ecosystem around the new equilibrium ensuring a better future for thetargeted group and even society at large.Martin, Roger L. and Sally Osberg. ―Social Entrepreneurship: The Case forDefinition.‖ Stanford Social Innovation Review Spring 2007: 29 - 39.