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Design of Change Summer School

BUSINESS OF CHANGE SUMMER SCHOOL

DESIGN FOR THE BUSINESS OF CHANGE SUMMER SCHOOL

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing approach blurring boundaries between non-profits, governments, corporations, and business. It is the entrepreneurs using business methods to help solve social and environmental challenges that make social enterprise distinct from other forms of business. Such a strategy allows problems otherwise ignored or missed by commerce and addressed predominately with often unsustainable donor-driven models by the nonprofit sector to become an object of assistance as well as of profit.

This course will provide an overview of social entrepreneurship by looking into societal problems they address and innovative business models to tackle them. Students will also be introduced the key methodological and epistemic instruments of design and ethnography in order to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and design new strategies.

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BY TAKING PART IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO

 

1
FIELDWORK

Conduct intensive fieldwork with an eye towards designing social interventions.


 
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DESIGN-FORWARD INTERVENTIONS

Understand the boundaries that both limit and promote opportunities for creating innovative, design-forward interventions.
2
DESIGN THIKING

Interrogate important debates on contemporary social and environmental issues through design thinking that will enhance your knowledge of social entrepreneurship.

 
4
NEW MODELS

Combine your ethnographic fieldwork data with your knowledge of contemporary theoretical debates in order to create new models of entrepreneurship with humanitarian goals.

 

TEACHING METHODS AND UNIQUE FEATURES

Ethnographic field research focuses on finding meaning in everyday experience. The aim of this class is to teach students firs-thand what it means to conduct in-depth fieldwork and to theoretically contextualize that experience.

 

As a part of the summer schools you will:

  • Take part in lectures and group exercises.
  • Conduct “participant-observation” fieldwork.
  • Learn about the technologies for the various ways of recording data and how to mine that data for analysis.
  • Participate in workshops designed for peer-to-peer feedback.
  • Realize your classroom experience through your own fieldwork projects.

 

TUITION

1,650 EUR* / early bird registration 1,550 EUR*
Tuition fee must be paid by April 30, 2019.

*There is an option excluding accomodation for reduced fee.

Tuition fee includes

  • 9 lecture days and course materials
  • accommodation in double rooms in dormitories (optional)
  • lunches during lecture days
  • social programme

ECTS CREDITS

Course is accredited by the university and students will receive 4 ECTS credits and a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the course.

(1 ECTS credit = 26 hours of workload)

TARGET GROUP

The course is designed for maximum 25 Master or Bachelor students across various fields of study.

Design of Change Summer School

Design of Change Summer School

PROGRAMME DETAILS

The course has two main objectives: (1) Training in intensive ethnographic methods including interviews and participant observation fieldwork; and (2) Exposure to important debates surrounding the contemporary social and environmental issues together with design thinking, ethnography and the art of participant observation fieldwork.

Students will learn to be critical of design’s role in shaping and transforming social structures that both empower and endanger users.

QUOTE

As the famous French designer, Philippe Starck, notes, "You never create a good design if you only think about design; but only when you take life, sex, body, and sweat into the account.” The intensive ethnographic method of participant observation fieldwork fueled by anthropological conceptualization offers an excellent opportunity for learning, cognition and empathy. While ethnography is an indispensable tool for thinking about meaningful and responsible design, the design provides a technology for future change.

LECTURERS

JEFFREY SCHONBERG

JEFFREY SCHONBERG

Jeff is an award winning medical and visual anthropologist. A recipient of the Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award from the Society for Public Anthropology, and a Committee on Teaching Excellence Award at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at San Francisco State University and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Issues at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeff is the co-author, (with Philippe Bourgois), of the best-selling, Leeds award winning photo-ethnography, Righteous Dopefiend, which is currently in its twelfth edition. A travelling exhibition entitled Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America accompanies the book. His latest research is on homicide and gentrification in Oakland, California.
TOMAS RYSKA

TOMAS RYSKA

Tomas is a social anthropologist, economist and documentary filmmaker. He has received a number of international awards, such as the Grand Prix at the Russian Anthropological Film Festival from the Russian Academy of Sciences or the Grand Prix at the Ekofilm International Film Festival from the Czech Ministry of Environment. He is an assistant professor at the Department of strategy, University of Economics, Prague, where he specializes on the complex interrelations between design, ethnography and strategy. His research focuses on humanitarianism and international development. Tomas has written a doctoral thesis Enterprising Faith: Ethnography of Faith-Based Development in Contemporary Thailand at the University of California - Berkeley. He is also the author of an ethnographic novel The World of a White God: Story Of The Power Of The Powerless. He firmly believes in the tradition of ethnographic research.
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