Online learning arguably represents the most important frontier in the delivery of education worldwide. While not our core focus, we see the possibility of leveraging online courses to serve students around the world who are unable to travel, are seeking certain specialized skills, or are financially constrained.
In October 2012, we delivered our first online course in partnership with an innovative e-learning platform called Tech Change. The topic of the course was “Technology, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship”, and was endorsed by Ashoka’s Changemakers. The course enrolled 30 students from over 10 countries around the world.
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Technology, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Since Ashoka's Bill Drayton first put the word "social" before the word "entrepreneur" in 1981 with a keen eye for how the world was going to change, the concept of social entrepreneurship has blossomed into a professional field, complete with thousands of practitioners and an ecosystem of funders, academics, policymakers and volunteers all supporting these entrepreneurs in their efforts to change the world. This birth of social entrepreneurship was sandwiched by the entry into modern society of the mobile phone (mid 1970s) and the personal computer (mid 1980s), two inventions that have revolutionized an individual's relationship with their devices. This has led to the current reality where digital technology influences all aspects of our professional lives. As children of the same era, it is not surprising that social innovation and technology are interacting with each other in constant, often profound, and ever deeper ways.