How to Scale Social Impact
School: Philanthropy University / University of California-Berkeley
Registration Link: How To Scale Social Impact
Start Date: October 6, 2015 (9 Weeks Long)
Workload: 2-3 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Shashi Buluswar
Credentials: Shashi Buluswar is a lecturer in the University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Social Sector Leadership, where he teaches strategic management in the global social sector. At Haas, he was also the former head of the Lawrence Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies. A Kellogg MBA who holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Buluswar was previously an associate partner at McKinsey. According to his bio, Buluswa has recently “worked with the UN’s Peacekeeping Department to restructure global operations, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa and Asia, and dozens of NGOs fighting for human rights, health, education, and economic empowerment.”
Graded: Students will receive a statement of accomplishment for completing four of the six weekly assignments.
Description: Why do the best intentions in the social sector often fail to yield results? According to Buluswar, such failures stem from a lack of strategic thinking. In this course, Buluswar will focus on helping students formulate and implement practical ideas that get results. In the process, students will learn how to increase their social enterprise’s “impact and reach” by “design(ing) and implement(ing) effective programs that are far-reaching, replicable, and scalable.” In particular, students will develop business plans and design metrics for measuring success. In addition, they will study frameworks and tools being used to develop sustainable solutions in sectors like education, health, and the digital divide. The course will consist of video lectures, articles, class discussions and individual and group projects.
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