Global SE – Program Vision

Poverty and inequality, amongst other social problems, have existed ever since the beginning of human civilization. Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day (World Bank, 2008).  Despite the massive improvements in wealth and improved quality of life since the 1800s, raw capitalism or governments cannot solve the problem of poverty on their own. How do we solve such social problems? Our program is predicated on the assertion that solutions to these complex issues will only come when there is a drive for innovation embedded in a democratic populace that asks the question of social and environmental value regardless of borders. How does one embed the drive for innovation in a democratic populace? “Nussbaum advocates an education designed to produce “citizens of the world,” people of cosmopolitan subjectivity, who see a world full of equally valuable human persons, all of whom have a claim on our sense of moral obligations” (Cornwell, 2008).  In this vein, Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) will engender and promote global citizenship and entrepreneurship for the global good.

In its current form, the Social Entrepreneurship (SE) program at The College of Wooster engages multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students, advised by PhD faculty, to write business, marketing, or feasibility plans for non-profits in Wayne County, Ohio. Since 2006, we have assisted over 15 non-profits, trained over 75 faculty, staff, and students, and started five ventures. The goal of the trip to India is to explore partnerships that will support the expansion of this successful program. Expanding SE to GSE will enable students to think as global citizens and act as global change agents. Leaders of the future need to see borders not as barriers but as opportunities; to count similarities, not differences; to think not only of individual profit, but of the greater social return. Leaders need to enter into transnational partnerships evaluating not only how much they can teach, but also how much they can learn. A global extension to the Social Entrepreneurship program will allow students, alumni, and global partners to explore their citizenship in a global society and develop innovative, critical, and interpersonal thinking skills as well as solutions to address a range of social issues.

GSE will achieve the vision of “global citizenship and entrepreneurship for the global good” by implementing an inter-cultural, inter-generational, experiential-learning, problem-based experience with two components – an on-campus seminar and an international experiential-learning consultancy.

6 Responses to Global SE – Program Vision

  1. Rozy Karim says:

    Dr. Moledina, Your efforts in the GSE are truly remarkable. As an undergraduate in International Studies and Humanities at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, I believe your efforts can bring capability (equity) and equality and help to alleviate extreme poverty. My concern is the marginalized members of the globe who are mostly women and children ($1.25, at 2005 prices; 1.5 billion live at that level, 90% are women (UNDP)

    • Moledina says:

      Dear Ms Karim,

      The Global Social Entrepreneurship students, learners, and facilitators share your concern. Before we left for India, we screened an Award Winning Film called “Driving with Selvi” to shed light on organizations and individuals working towards giving women access to the same opportunities as men. In Bangalore, we are also using the feminist lens in our projects. I expect the students will speak about it in future blog posts.

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  3. Moledina says:

    Dear Mihika,

    We do plan to spend about four-six weeks in the field. Students may also also have some earlier electronic contact with the clients on the ground.

    We are working closely with Wooster’s Off campus study office. This program will be integrated well into existing offerings.

    I recognize that 4-6 weeks is not enough time and that for students to have a deeper understanding of India, they need to be there for longer. The four-six weeks is simply a field experience and by definition will be short. I hope that we can accommodate a semester or yearlong experience through other programming or by careful advising with individual students on a case-by-case basis. This individual advising is something we do well here at Wooster as you know.

    Thanks for your support!

    AM

  4. James Levin says:

    I have just learned of this effort and am thrilled at the idea that it is present here. Bravo! I look forward to working with you in strengthening its presence on campus and beyond.
    James Levin
    Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

  5. Mihika Chatterjee says:

    Firstly, my hearty congratulations to everybody involved in taking SE to its next step, GSE!

    I am not sure if this is already a part of the program, but I think it is important that the students intending to participate in the program spend enough time in the field. I hope GSE can be integrated into Wooster’s existing study-abroad program so students spend some time in the field (currently India I believe) and understand ground realities.

    I’m very thrilled about this and plan on reading more about its successes!

    Mihika
    Class of 2008

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