Reading this article in the Atlantic on the rising demand (at Harvard) for a course on Ancient Chinese Philosophy and its position in 3rd place with Micro Economics in first and Computer Science, 2nd it dawned on me that for the past several years these topics have been central to social entrepreneurship and the design management curricula that my colleagues Kevin Foster and Jon Jelen and I have been developing.
Our students explore role of social science, technology , digital economy and an increased consumer centric economy / citizen or civic economy as we take user -centered design solutions from ideation to implementation.
Micro-Economics, Technology and principles of Classical Chinese Ethics often converge in our exploration of a “new economy” requiring user-centric sustainable design and social / environmental entrepreneurial transactions beyond purely economic bottom line pursuits.
plain ole ROI TO Social Return on Investment
Our students have proposed and (a few have launched) projects such as :apps, software and crowd sourcing tools with goals for sustainable urban development, bottom up strategies for community building , crowd sourcing health and wellness, collaborative art making, and waste reduction (as opposed to simply management), and social media for education – applying various models to examine feasibility and impact.
In a free society, you get what you celebrate – Dean Kamen, Inventor
What we celebrate:
- Micro economics- how individuals and firms make decisions (with limits on resources) on choice choose goods, services, capital , labor and leisure and in what proportions – should human and environmental capital be added to the production function
- Computer science – role of technology, data visualization, gaming, explosion of online DIY culture , crowd sourcing to investigate process , share and visualize social science – with non programmers , non engineers participating just to understand how it works not necessarily to participate, co-creating/ co-designing
- Chinese ethics – consequences of action on others and community being aware of self and ripple effect of consumer/business (micro- economic) choices on the universe.