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Leadership and Entrepreneurship II

SIG-6065
Leadership and Entrepreneurship II
Spring semester

Fridays 12:00-6:00 (1/18, 2/1, 3/1 4/5, 4/18. Virtual: 2/15, 3/15)
Instructor: Karen Proctor

This course is taught in conjunction with SIG-6080, Leadership, as an alternating class over two semesters, with combined learning objectives. The core of the year-long course is the launch of start-ups in student teams, through which theory and practice on entrepreneurship, leadership, collaboration, and business models are melded. Topics covered include customer identification, development, and channels; articulating and testing hypotheses; collaborative leadership and team dynamics; creating minimum viable products; revenue models; and resilience.

Global Guest Lecture Series IV

SIG-6225
Global Guest Lecture Series IV
Spring semester
Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/16/19 - 5/01/19)
Instructors: Cheryl Heller, Caroline McAndrews

This is the second part of a two-semester course. This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue on various opportunities for careers in social innovation, and how design plays a role in each of them.
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Metrics and Data Visualization II

SIG-6175
Metrics and Data Visualization II
Spring semester
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/17/19 - 5/02/19)
Instructor: Gabe Schuster

This year-long course looks at theory and practice of gathering and visualizing data by integrating the identification of metrics into ongoing student projects and evaluating metrics from case studies in order to understand their strategy. In the fall, the course focuses on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. In the spring, students study data and visualization for explanation: how various tools and techniques help us communicate with and influence others. Guest lecturers include data scientists, financial modelers and corporate social responsibility experts.

Thesis Consultation: Implementation

SIG-6940
Thesis Consultation: Implementation
Spring semester
Monday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/14/19 – 5/06/19)
Instructors: Miya Osaki, Archie Coates IV, Jeffrey Franklin, Mari Nakano

With the help of thesis advisors, students complete their thesis and develop it into a form ready to be implemented. Presentation of the thesis to the full board of advisors is required; following approval, each student presents their final thesis to a public audience. A review committed consisting of the program chair, additional faculty and outside experts will critique presentations at critical intervals during the semester.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship I

SIG-6060
Leadership and Entrepreneurship I
Fall semester

Friday 12:00 - 6:00 (09/07/18, 09/21/18, 10/05/18, 10/19/18, 11/02/18, 11/16/18, 12/14/18)
Instructor: Karen Proctor

Tuesdays 6:00-9:00
Instructor: Kobla Asamoah

The core of the yearlong course is the launch of start-ups in student teams, through which theory and practice on entrepreneurship, leadership, collaboration, and business models are melded. Topics covered include customer identification, development, and channels; articulating and testing hypotheses; collaborative leadership and team dynamics; creating minimum viable products; revenue models; and resilience.

Global Guest Lecture Series III

SIG-6220
Global Guest Lecture Series III
Fall semester
Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00
Instructors: Cheryl Heller, Caroline McAndrews

This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue on various opportunities for careers in social innovation, and how design plays a role in each of them.
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Metrics and Data Visualization I

SIG-6170
Metrics and Data Visualization I
Fall semester
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00
Instructor: Joey Lee

This yearlong course looks at theory and practice of gathering and visualizing data by integrating the identification of metrics into ongoing student projects and evaluating metrics from case studies in order to understand their strategy. In the fall, the course focuses on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. In the spring, students study data and visualization for explanation: how various tools and techniques help us communicate with and influence others. Guest lecturers include data scientists, financial modelers and corporate social responsibility experts.

Thesis Consultation: Research, Writing, Presentation

SIG-6190
Thesis Consultation: Research, Writing, Presentation
Fall semester
Monday 6:00 – 9:00
Instructors: Miya Osaki, Archie Coates IV, Jeffrey Franklin, Mari Nakano

Guided by their faculty advisors, students conduct research to develop a thorough understanding of the context, landscape and challenges of their thesis topic. They design and implement a series of prototypes to test and refine their theory, and create a compelling presentation, which brings each vision’s potential to life through words, images and graphics. Presentation to the thesis advisory board for approval of the thesis topic is required.

Creative Writing for Social Designers

SIG-5811
Creative Writing for Social Designers
Spring semester
Friday 9:00-12:00 (3/15/19, 3/22/19, 3/29/19)
Instructor: Cheryl Heller

The maxim that all change begins with language is true in the visual arts to the same extent that it is anywhere else. Yet social impact designers — who make their professional careers developing initiatives that change lives, often with enormous public consequence — are often not taught how to write. Both the design and social innovation fields are rife with argot and clichés that deaden 16/SIG meaning instead of uncovering it. The goal of this class is to give social designers access to the power of creative writing in order to more fully understand themselves, and combine that self-knowledge with writing that will infect and inspire their audiences.

Introduction to Thesis

SIG-5440
Introduction to Thesis
Spring semester
Monday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/14/19 – 5/06/19)
Instructors: Alison Cornyn, Natalia Radywyl

In this course, students investigate a variety of topics, researching each to the point of confirming their own interest and the viability of the concept. Exercises in problem definition, audience identification, research and barriers to change help students test their own hypotheses. Criteria include demonstration of need on the part of the audience, a clear articulation of the concept and metrics for success. By the end of the semester, students have a fully vetted topic for their thesis.

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