Sustainability Innovation & Growing Effective Change-makers

Course Background

Technology has brought many of the improvements in our quality of life, yet is also responsible for some of our biggest negative impacts on society and the environment. This course explores how technology innovation can be used as a force for good in the world and what prevent many sustainable solutions going to scale. Nine out of ten corporate leaders surveyed believe that business has a social purpose, in addition to its economic purpose. This course looks at alternative business structures that go the traditional corporation with its fiduciary duty to shareholders, and what impact they are having.

Course Content

  • We present research conducted for United Nations Environment Programme on eco-innovation and technology transfer.
  • We look at the innovation process, different approaches to sustainability innovation and the barriers and enablers of sustainable technologies.
  • Using case studies from a range of sectors, we explore the lessons learned from implementation of solutions.
  • We present research from Cranfield University on the purpose of the corporation, including the gap identified between current and future leaders’ perceptions.
  • We review the different legal forms of incorporation for social enterprises, including the cooperative, community interest company, benefit corporation, low profit limited liability corporation and social purpose corporation.
  • Using case studies, we explore the nature of social enterprise and what makes a successful social entrepreneur.
  • We present some practical tips for starting a new social enterprise and for becoming a better social entrepreneur.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to identify different innovation types (process, products and materials) and approaches (in-house vs open) and how they apply to sustainability.
  • An understanding of the challenges to sustainable technology diffusion – at a company, community and government level.
  • Knowledge of the 4 keys to improving absorptive capacity of sustainable technologies and the different strategic approaches.
  • The ability to identify the features, benefits and limitations of different legal structures for social enterprises.
  • An understanding of the step-by-step process of starting a social enterprise.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of successful social entrepreneurs, and how they apply to you as potential change agent in society.

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