10 More Social Entrepreneurship Courses to Help You Change the World

When I talked about social entrepreneurship courses yesterday, I didn’t expect that it would get so popular.

Growing Interest in Social Entrepreneurship Courses

But wow! I was amazed at the enthusiasm from the online community, especially from the folks on Twitter who re-tweeted the post several times throughout the past 24 hours.
Personally, I think that the online interest in social entrepreneurship courses demonstrates the growing offline interest in the subject too.

More students and working professionals are keen to develop their understanding of social enterprise – and many academies and colleges are beginning to take note. I think it’s a positive step to advance the field and to spread the message worldwide.

10 More Social Entrepreneurship Courses to Help You Do GOOD:

With your enthusiasm, I figured that I should present 10 more social entrepreneurship courses that can help you improve your self development in the field.

1.Social Entrepreneurship Courses at Cornell University

Description: Social entrepreneurship courses abound at Cornell, and you can take them as part of a degree at the university. Some of the social entrepreneurship courses there include:

  • Social entrepreneurs, innovators and problem solvers
  • Non-profit finance and Management
  • Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation in the Entrepreneurial Organization

Location: Ithaca, New York, USA

Website: Entrepreneurship @ Cornell

2. Social Entrepreneurship Course Series @ Stanford University

Description: With Stanford University, there are a variety of social entrepreneurship courses that are under the Public Policy Program and Program on Urban Studies. Some of the social entrepreneurship studies that you can take include:

  • Social Innovation and the Social Entrepreneur: Creating and Developing U.S. and International Social Sector Initiatives
  • Business Concepts and Skills for the Social Sector
  • Social Entrepreneurship:Mobilizing Private Resources for the Common Good

Location: California, USA

Website: Social Entrepreneurship Course Series @ Stanford University

3. Harvard MBA Courses in Social Enterprise

Description: Harvard Business School integrates social enterprise cases in courses throughout the MBA curriculum, offers a number of courses dedicated to social enterprise, and provides field-based learning opportunities within social enterprise. Some of the social entrepreneurship MBA course electives at HBS include:

  • Building Green Businesses
  • Business at the Base of the Pyramid
  • Commerce and Society: The Strategic Value of Corporate Social Responsibility

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Website: Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School

4. Online Course in Social Entrepreneurship

Description: The course in social entrepreneurship is part of the Certificate Series of the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The course is delivered online and it enables you:

  1. To understand why nonprofits are adopting entrepreneurial strategies
  2. To learn the critical success factors identified by pioneers in the field
  3. To learn how to use a special decision-making tool to sort through everything an organization does from both a mission and earned income perspective

Location: Online

Website: Social Entrepreneurship Course at the Learning Institute (Adult Continuing Education Online)

5. Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Description: The Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed for those working in and starting new ventures in the community sectors. It is aimed at those who want to know more about how innovation and entrepreneurship can help the health, wealth and well-being of their not-for-profit organisations and communities.
Some of the electives are the following:

  • Social Venture Funding
  • Foresight and Social Change
  • Opportunity Assessment

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Website: The University of Adelaide

6. Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) at Yale University

Description: The Yale School of Management offers a wide array of elective courses that explore issues related to social enterprise, ranging from non-profit management to public policy, from environmental stewardship to business ethics.

Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Website: Program on Social Enterprise at Yale

7. Social Entrepreneurship Outlook Program in Chennai

Description: SEOP is a four-month weekend course for passionate people who manage, work in or plan to start a non-profit or social venture. Participants get an opportunity to meet Ashoka Fellows who have applied business skills in running a non-profit. Case studies and films of social entrepreneurs are screened for better understanding.

Location: Chennai, India

Website: Social Entrepreneurship Outlook Program (SEOP)

For more information:
SEOP Course Coordinator(9445208867)
Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM)
391/1, Venkatachalapathy Nagar
Alapakkam, Chennai – 600 116
Phone: 044 – 24867565 / 24867566

8. MSc Social Enterprise (Part-time)

Description: The MSc Social Enterprise is the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the growing Social Enterprise sector, developed through the collaboration of Glasgow Caledonian University and the Social Enterprise Academy.

Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Website: The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy

9. MSc/PgDip/PgCert Social Enterprise and Business Democracy

Description: This course is provided by the Sheffield Hallam University. It is designed to help you analyse and develop social enterprises using established knowledge on business democracy and co-operative management. This course is designed to address the needs of people engaged in developing democratic practice and business management.
Some of the course content consist of:

  • The context for social enterprise development
  • Charity trading and social enterprise
  • Developing strategies for change

Location: South Yorkshire, England, UK

Website: Sheffield Hallam University

10. Social Entrepreneurship Short Course at London Business School

Description: Last but not least, we have the social entrepreneurship short course from London Business School. It is entitled: “The New Revolution: Social Entrepreneurship
in the 21st Century.”

The aim of the course is to: provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of social entrepreneurship; understand what makes it distinctive; and identify the opportunities it affords to those who wish to become engaged, either full or part-time. The course will focus on the major challenges, both strategic and operational, faced by social entrepreneurs.

Location: London, England, UK

Website: The New Revolution: Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

Share More Social Entrepreneurship Courses

Perhaps I have missed out on some courses that are out there.

Do you know any more social entrepreneurship courses that are being offered worldwide?

Feeling Like a Bird in a Cage…& Breaking Free

Do you ever feel like a bird trapped in a cage? Sometimes the worst situations can spark new business ideas.

The other day I went to a friend’s house to celebrate their birthday party. I went out to the back where the party was being held, and the friend showed me a bird that she owned which was locked up in a small cage.

Feeling Like a Bird Caged Up

My friend told me that the bird was very “smart” and had tried on numerous occasions to break free from the cage. I looked at the colorful little bird as it tried to peck its way out of the bars of the cage. It fluttered about, shook its wings furiously. But to no avail.

It was stuck there, and I listened to my friend who went on and said that the bird had been intelligent enough to lift open the cage door, but as it was about to open it fully, she caught it, and now she locked the door.

Birds Were Created to Fly

Now, I don’t spend so much of my attention on birds, but I suppose I looked at this bird and I really felt sorry for it. As it spread out its wings and tried to fly, it could not. It had been caged and trapped.

Humans are a bit strange for wanting to cage up birds in tight spaces.

It’s sometimes been asked of me, what kind of animal I’d like to be if I were one. The answer I usually give is that I’d like to be an eagle and soar above the clouds, through the skies and look down on the earth. Unfortunately, this bird in the cage could not do that. It could not do what it instinctively and naturally was made to do. It really was strange.

A Metaphor For Our Human Existence

I think there’s a lesson here, even for us humans. Don’t you ever feel like you’re a bird, trapped in a cage? You feel like you can soar above into the skies. You try as hard as you can to escape monotony and boredom and pain. Yet you feel like you keep ending up in your cage.

Fortunately for humans, we actually have more freedom. We have choice. We have the ability to challenge and change our circumstances. Many of the “cages” of human existence are all in the mind.

A Lesson for Leaders

Entrepreneurs, social innovators and people wanting more passion in their lives should remember this truth: The limits upon you are only the limits that you place upon yourself can make or break business ideas.