Social Entrepreneurship Course

The Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen is an intensive undergraduate and graduate course coupled to individual coaching sessions about the practical skills required for a career in social entrepreneurship.  It is taught under the auspices of the Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship, New York University, New York.

Here is the basic idea:  Lofty ideals are not enough.  Wanting to do good is one thing.  Actually doing good is another.  When we hold ourselves to lesser performance standards, it disrespects the impoverished and disenfranchised whom we seek to help and empower.  The curriculum is agnostic about competing methodologies and theories of social change; Jonathan is a proponent of “pragmatic pluralism.”

Monterey Institute for Int'l Studies, 2011

In the classroom, Monterey Institute for Int’l Studies, 2011

The course center of gravity is interactive learning, team problem-solving, case studies, hard skills acquisition and entrepreneurial ways of rethinking problems. The approach, tone and style is collegial, relaxed, professional, fun and — be ready — rigorous. 

Students — undergraduates or graduates, young professionals and mid-career executives — bring their causes and their passion.  The course brings the nitty-gritty, actionable tools to help you get started or step up your game.

Jonathan is also available as a keynote speaker.  Illustrative public lecture at the President’s Dream Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (March, 2014). 

SFU Jonathan Live Stream

Keynote address streamed live, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2014

Student and audience reviews:

“…Oprah with a beard…” — Jessamyn Lau, CEO, Peery Foundation

My favorite lecturer at UC Berkeley. The class was always an interactive discussion and very educational.” — Student

“A lot of helpful feedback, constructive discussion and mentorship. One of my favorite classes.” — Student

“…truth serum for social entrepreneurs…” — Tiffany Persons, CEO, Shine on Sierra Leone

“You learn so much real-world experience in things that only this course can teach you.” — Student

Highly effective teaching style.  Incredible competence/experience.  Magnetic personality.  Unforgettable.” — Student

“I would like to thank you for your workshop today. Once I look back at my life 20 years later, I will definitely remember your workshop and know that it was a defining period of my life, so thank you very much.” — Student

“Bullshit aside, this is one of the best speeches on economic justice and poverty alleviation — by you or anyone. It will be required reading for our scholars. You have really hit a home run here…”  — Saul Garlick, CEO, Think Impact

“…a pundit, a pontificator, a founder, a leader, an ethicist and a friend.  Jonathan’s contributions span the practical (moving social investment dollars) to the increasingly vital role of serving as a moral compass.” — Eric Weaver, CEO, Opportunity Fund

For more information or to request the course syllabus or book Jonathan as a keynote speaker, send a request:

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