wHAT IS SOCIAL E? AND What is a Theory of Change? & How to Test It


  • Develop a definition of “Social Entrepreneurship”

  • Understand the key aspects of a theory of change

  • Discuss how organizations can use a theory of change in their pitches, grant applications, as a baseline to measure their performance, etc.

Key Activities

  • Brainstorming a group definition of Social E

  • Analyzing the mission, model, market, and metrics of 4 organizations: Markle Foundation, Acumen Fund, CNote, and Hot Bread Kitchen

  • Creating Theory of Change models for each of the aforementioned organizations

  • Revisiting and editing our definition of Social E

week two | october 17

Creating a Social Product


  • What is the design process and how can it be applied to social enterprises

  • Understanding those you serve and developing empathetic products

Key Activities

  • A design thinking activity on empathy: The Wallet Project

  • Key components of the design flow: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test

    Ideation case exercise:

    • Rethinking the delivery of women’s healthcare with a specific focus on women and reproductive health doctors

  • Reviewing and comparing our solutions with IDEO’s product for Planned Parenthood

week three | october 24

Effective altruism


  • Quantifying social impact

    • How much do you weigh social impact in comparison to financial valuation?

  • Issues in evaluating social impact (in monetary terms, for example)

  • Ethical considerations and dilemmas

Key Activities

  • History of Philanthropy and new innovations (GiveDirectly, RoundUp, GiveWell)

  • Case Study: Kiva

    • Brainstorming how to quantify their impact

    • Challenges associated with this endeavor

  • Discussion on ethical considerations:

    • Is it better to give one blind person a dog or cure 2,000 people of blindness?


The Social Enterprise and the Investor Mindset: Sources of Capital and Blended Valuations

Guest Speaker: Russell Siegelman, Lecturer in Management, specializing in Organizational Behavior


  • Various models to form effective organizations

  • Various methods of obtaining funding

  • Understanding blended valuations

Key Activities

  • Discussion on different avenues and approaches to funding

  • Challenges and pros and cons for each of those avenues

  • Run through of particular scenarios in which some avenues would be preferable to others


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


  • To understand the various pathways of CSR: Philanthropy, Environmental, and Ethical

Key Activities

  • CSR: discussion on motivations and examples of CSR in each of the key pathways

  • Discussion on 1. whether CSR has impact and 2. whether students care as a consumer or an employee about a company’s CSR work

  • Potential harms of CSR in hiring practices: Freakonomics Podcast: “Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?”


Social E Cases wITH Alumni guests

Guest Speakers: Rachel Lee, Direct Mail Lead at Upstart; Berk Coker, Co-founder of TeachFX; Aidan McCarty, Co-founder of ePluribus


  • Roundtable case workshops with alumni

  • Solving cases with alumni in groups of 3-5

Key Activities

  • Running through real-life cases that each guest speaker has faced in their work, and engaging students to come up with ways to deal with challenges in the social E world