Summer Semester in Social Entrepreneurship – Nairobi, 2013
In partnership with George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Further supported by Ashoka East Africa, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership and by the Harvard Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory.
Our Summer Semester in Social Entrepreneurship is open to students anywhere in the world wishing to learn more about how social entrepreneurship can be a powerful approach to solve social problems, with a special focus on issues related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The program will run from June 15 - August 10, and will be based out of Nairobi, Kenya.
Special Partnership: The Amani Institute has partnered with the George Mason School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), based in Virginia, USA – one of the premier schools for conflict resolution studies in the world. Students thus have the possibility of gaining academic credit (6 credits) through George Mason University.
Kenya is nearing the end of a seminal period in its history, starting with the post-election violence in 2007, which ended after a remarkable power-sharing agreement, the creation of a well-regarded new Constitution which was voted in through a national referendum in 2010, the intervention in Somalia which showed its ability to project influence on the global stage, and the run-up to the 2013 elections. All this while enjoying rapid economic growth and being a major international travel and tourism hub. Regardless of how the 2013 election results fall, the period before and after the elections represents a critical moment in the country’s history.
Apply here before April 19, 2013. Limited Spots Available.
At the end of the course, you can expect to:
Be exposed to the history, theory, and practice of the field of social entrepreneurship.
Understand the role social entrepreneurship plays in preventing and resolving violent conflict – moving beyond theory to intensive field experience.
Develop a strategy for your own project or program.
Build your real-world skills and ability to play a leadership role in whichever organization you choose to join after you graduate.
Understand how a nation of significant global importance has navigated the twin demands of security and development.
Who Should Take This Course
If you belong to one of the following categories, this course is for you!
You are currently starting (or plan to start) a new project to address a social problem related to international development or conflict resolution.
You are currently working in the peacebuilding sector and want to learn new skills to improve your work and to position you for leadership roles.
You are a student of one of the following areas: international relations, democracy, conflict resolution, nation building, human rights, political science, and international development.
You are not currently working in international development or social entrepreneurship but are considering doing so in the future
You see yourself as a visionary individual with the courage and empathy to create social change.
As described in more detail here, The Amani Institute Experience comprises three interlocking streams of activity: experiential learning through relevant field placements, professional skill-building to learn core skills of the future practitioner, and a personal leadership journey which helps the student reflect on their own leadership path and integrate the field experience and professional skills courses into a coherent whole picture.
- Experiential Learning: problem-solving consulting project with a local organizationOpen or Close
You will engage in a problem-solving consulting project with a local organization. The Amani Institute will define a concrete project brief with a Nairobi-based organization, based on the goals, needs and challenges faced by the partner. The students will work in teams on finding solutions, using a social entrepreneurship lens and facilitated through the process by the Amani Institute. This will involve field research, interactions with the key beneficiaries of the organization and local communities, context analysis, interviews, design thinking, and the presentation of final recommendations.
- Professional Skill-Building: Courses and WorkshopsOpen or Close
In addition to the experiential learning, all students will also enroll in a course and two workshops taught by The Amani Institute.
Course Title: “The Practice of Social Entrepreneurship”
Description: In order to prevent and resolve conflict, it is essential to address underlying social issues else the solution is superficial at best and can even fuel the conflict if it fails. Social entrepreneurship is a valuable lens through which to address social challenges, as it requires a focus on systemic solutions and innovative approaches. This course will help students understand the role of social entrepreneurship in fostering peaceful societies. Also essential to social entrepreneurship is learning by doing. Thus, throughout the course, students will be walked through the process of envisioning and crafting a solution to a community problem.
Workshop 1: “Working with Youth in Conflict”
Description: In nearly every single conflict zone in the world, youth form the majority of the population and thus are the greatest number affected by conflict. This is especially true in East Africa. However, when it comes to development and conflict assistance programs, very often youth are considered either as passive beneficiaries or as part of the problem. This workshop aims to recognize that young people can be a driving force in conflict prevention; at local, national, and international levels. During the workshop, you will learn how to work for and with young people, valuing them as advisors, colleagues and stakeholders. Central to this workshop is its focus on working with excluded young people, and the importance of building partnerships between key influencers in society such as educational institutions, employers, media, government, and youth.
Workshop 2: “Storytelling for Social Change”
Description: One of the most important skills for future leaders in every walk of life is to understand how to interpret and deploy narrative and storytelling for motivating and leading others (see Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind). The best leaders throughout history have been adept at using the power of narrative - one of the key ways in which we as humans make sense of the world -to bring people together and rally them to tackle urgent challenges. This hands-on, intensive workshop will show you how they do it and give you several opportunities to practice storytelling in the context of their own work and receive feedback and coaching along the way.
The lead instructor for the courses and workshops will be Roshan Paul, who has prior teaching experience at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced and International Studies (SAIS), and has guest-lectured at several other leading universities in the United States and overseas, including George Mason University’s Public Policy program, Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution MA program, the United Nations University for Peace, the HEC Business School in Paris, and the Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. He also has over seven years applied experience in social entrepreneurship at a global level. He will be assisted by other experienced Amani Institute staff and a range of guest speakers.
- The Leader’s Journey: Reflective Practice, guest speakers, learning tripsOpen or Close
The third element of the program will be an integration of the experiential learning and the professional skill-building components. How do you understand what you are truly learning and doing in the context of your prior course work on your campus and the sum of your experiences in the field? What has shaped your journey so far and who you are becoming? We believe that reflective practice is a core element of learning, and we will build in mechanisms that ensure that you are reflecting while doing. This section of the work will take place before, during and after the field experience, and will include reflective activities such as pre-Kenya and post-Kenya paper submissions, frequent debriefs or journal entries, and so on.
Special Guests and Activities
The Amani Institute will provide and facilitate opportunities to meet with a range of experts to get a deeper understanding of the country, culture and ways it is changing. These meetings will help you learn from local practitioners, be inspired, and thus frame your experiences in the wider context of the Program, enriching your understanding of your role as peace builders and change makers.
We will also organize a special seminar called Conflict Resolution in Kenya (2007-2013): A Case Study. This multi-day seminar will focus on understanding what has happened in Kenya in the last 6 years and how it is likely to affect the country’s future and role on the global stage going forward. The seminar will feature guest experts, student-led research, and other activities.
All students will also participate in up to three special visits, either inside or outside Nairobi. These visits could last from 1-3 days and will focus on getting a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship issues related to conflict or on your own personal growth and development.
Finally, you will have the option of studying Kiswahili, the most widely spoken language in sub-Saharan Africa. There will be a free Swahili beginners’ course as part of the Orientation and you will then have the option to continue learning the language (at your own expense).
- Program CostsOpen or Close
The tuition for the program is $2500 US Dollars.
To receive academic credit from George Mason University (6 credits), the tuition cost is $5150 US Dollars.
- Pre-arrival preparation meetings (online)
- The development, organization and facilitation of the consulting project with a local organization working on issues related to conflict
- The social entrepreneurship course and the two workshops
- The seminar on Conflict Resolution in Kenya
- Opportunities to reflect on personal growth and learning
- Intimate interactions with over 10 special guests and role models
- All site visits, special activities and learning journeys
- All transportation costs associated with the program
- Orientation to Nairobi and Kenya
- Swahili for Beginners Session
- Shared accommodation (w/ single rooms) in modern, furnished apartments, including wi-fi access and security
- Effective and professional management of your experience by the staff of the Amani Institute, including advising on local issues and life in Kenya
- Ongoing alumni support and network weaving
The cost of the program does not include:
- Travel to and from Nairobi
- Visa fees
- Vaccinations (if any)
- Daily food and transport (excluding meals and transport related to the program)
- Personal costs