Every year, Penn Impact Lab brings together 25 emerging leaders across undergraduate and graduate schools. Students explore their passion and purpose, connect with a community of changemakers, and learn the leadership skills necessary to create positive social change.
NPLD 585 is a 5-day, off-site, intensive service-learning course in social innovation. Students will learn how innovation and entrepreneurship play a central role in public problem solving. We will explore how social entrepreneurs co-develop new ideas with key stakeholders, articulate problems and solutions, define intended impact, understand competition, and collaborate with other actors. At the end of the course, students will have mastered a set of conceptual tools and strategies that will allow them to be effective problem solvers in diverse settings throughout their careers. Bring your purpose, passions, and pet societal challenges to share. The course has five core objectives:
- To introduce students to the concepts and practices of social entrepreneurship;
- To introduce students to the components of a successful social enterprise;
- To train students to view the world from a perspective of social innovation;
- To encourage and empower students to develop their own innovative solutions to different social problems around the world;
- To introduce students to real social issues and social innovations in a real-world setting.