Emerging Trends in Social Innovation and Investment
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NMGM 5017
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Innovation
Globalization has transformed the economic and societal landscape and reshaped social sector solutions. There is enormous experimentation and interest among socially responsible companies, philanthropists and foundations, social entrepreneurs and innovators, results-oriented nonprofits and NGOs, social investors and governments to test new ways to create economic value and social impact. This course provides a broad overview of emerging approaches to social innovation and social investment that harness expertise and resources across sectors. It looks at the organizational strategies that these diverse institutional actors use to devise solutions to social and environmental challenges. We will also examine their organizational practices, the core drivers and context for change, and critically examine the effectiveness of these new practices and the lively debate they have engendered. The course considers case studies representing a range of global social and environmental issues (nutrition, access to financial services, marine stewardship, etc.). Lectures, readings, discussions, case study analysis, and several guest speakers over the semester explore past, current, and future trends in social innovation and investment.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.