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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

The immersion trip to India far exceeded my expectations in not only the breadth of exposure and access we were provided, but in the sincerity of the work we were engaged in. From the staff to our student counterparts we were working in authentic locations on legitimate issues, and offered the opportunity to explore the social challenges of that beautiful country as well as take stock of our own personal growth and acceptance as well.

—Trevor Giroux, Aerospace Operations Manager, Precision Castparts

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Social Enterprise Design

MBA Students

THE EDIBLE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR: FOOD JUSTICE 

FOR:

Healthcare professional

Graduate students -health fields

— Name, Title

TWO WEEKS 

SUMMER 2018 

OVERVIEW

Learn - Medical and public health professional and graduate students  investigate sustainable healthcare models that serve India’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. 

Experience - They explore challenges of health care delivery as well as innovative approaches to detect, treat, and manage disease in remote villages and slums.

Apply Skills - Participants apply course lessons while working with Indian peers and health professionals on consulting projects that bring fresh ideas, address constraints, and trouble-shoot problems in order to improve health care to the poor.

Grow personally and professionally 

Customize Your Change 

Experience

Experiential learning programs and courses designed to meet your learning objectives and specifications

Upcoming Social Entrepreneurship Programs

Join one of our open enrollment experiential learning programs or courses

Women Make

Change

FOR:

Healthcare professional

Graduate students -health fields

FOR: Undergraduate Students and Recent Grads

New to social entrepreneurship

13 days/ 14 nights

June - xxx, 2017 

2-6 week internship option

OVERVIEW

Using an experiential "field as classroom" approach, in this introductory course students learn how social entrepreneurship addresses social and economic injustice at the base of the pyramid.

 

Though field exercises and peer learning, and village homestays students take a deep dive into poverty, learning to use best practice frameworks and expert tools to examine its causes, effects and costs.

 

Students survey a range of social innovations and entrepreneurship models with their peers and develop their own creative solutions that help break the cycle of poverty.

Students apply learning during an intensive  mentor-supported project  with a local NGO, social enterprise or CSR project.

Students can opt to extend their stay after this  course to gain more experience through a professionally run internship program.

 GRADUATE COURSE:

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DESIGN

FOR:  Graduate Students 

Best suited for MBA, Economics, 

International Management, Development Studies

Location:   India

Telegana and Andra Pradesh

or Karnataka States 

TRIP Length:  

16 days / 17 nights

COST: $3,250*

Price covers all program and in-country costs. 

(*International airfare, visa and personal items not included)

accreditation: 

Continuing education credits available for healthcare professionals 

ACCREDITATION:  

Graduate course credits through IMT Hyderabad (student to verify acceptance of credits by home university)

when:   

December 2, 2017 -January 14, 2018

Registration starts January 2017

PROGRAM  DESCRIPTION

Some of the most exceptional examples of social innovation are found in India’s health sector.

 

Grassroots U works leading health partners to offer a fully integrated experiential learning program. Participant live in local communities and work with their health counterparts in a mutually beneficial exch  in communities  investigate sustainable healthcare models that serve India’s most vulnerable populations. Health program participants explore challenges of health care delivery as well as innovative approaches to detect, treat, and manage disease in remote villages and slums. Participants apply course lessons while working with Indian peers and health professionals on consulting projects that bring fresh ideas, address constraints, and trouble-shoot problems in order to improve health care to the poor. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Indian healthcare in rural and urban settings

  • Work side-by-side with Indian health practitioners 

  • Explore a variety of innovative healthcare models through feild work 

  • Apply your expertise in different cultural context

  • Engage in creative problem-solving and idea generation with Indian colleagues

  • Conduct field exercises and impact consulting assignments that make a difference

  • Gain valuable new professional skills and experience.

  • Interact lead health innovators & entrepreneurs

  • Grassroots perspective of patients, healthcare and systems

  • Personal reflection & visionning

  • Immerse in culture during village homestays, community based projects  & working with peers

  • Apply lessons, 

  •   Transform your life 

Professionals and Encore careers 

Students and

Academic Institutions

Development Organizations, Companies and  Nonprofits

Custom Programs

for your Group

Programs that empower people and organizations to change the world for good 

Development
Organizations,
Companies &
Nonprofits

YOUR NAME

Grassroots U offers authentic grassroots experiences in urban and rural contexts. Our community-based programs provide an honest and holistic appraisal of social problems as well as a realistic view of the immense challenges and tremendous benefits of solving them.

Benefits

Use your skills to help the poor

work experience 

career& Personal development
 

meaningful projects 

create impact

professIonal networks

expert Instruction

Local collaboration

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE  AND IMPACT CONSULTING

FOR: Professionals and 

Graduate Students

All disciplines welcome

8 days / 8 nights

July 7 - July 15 2018 

Professional Development Training 

+ 4-6 week consulting

OVERVIEW

This program is geared for the graduate student or working professional interested in gaining credible work experience in international development and social enterprise.  Pre-consulting training prepares participants how to render consulting services to social enterprises and nonprofits in a developing country context. 

 

In expert-led workshops participants learn consulting best practices then apply lessons in the field exercises. Participants learn about performance challenges and key technical issues social entrepreneurs face through sites visits and living cases. 

Participants interests, skills and experience are matched to the consulting needs of client organizations.  They receive technical support and mentoring throughout their consulting projects. 

Discussions, planning, reflection and counseling helps participants apply Grassroots U experience to their work and personal lives.   

FOR:

Healthcare professional

Graduate students -health fields

SOCIAL

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:AN EXPERIENCE AT THE GRASSROOTS

FOR: Undergraduate Students and Recent Grads

New to social entrepreneurship

13 days/14 nights

July 18-August 1, 2018 

+ 2-4 week internship option

OVERVIEW

Using an experiential "field as classroom" approach in this introductory course, students learn how social entrepreneurship addresses social and economic injustice at the base of the pyramid.

 

Though field exercises and peer learning, and village homestays students take a deep dive into poverty, learning to use best practice frameworks and expert tools to examine its causes, effects and costs.

 

Students survey a range of social innovations and entrepreneurship models with their peers and develop their own creative solutions that help break the cycle of poverty.

Students apply learning during an intensive  mentor-supported project  with a local NGO, social enterprise or CSR project.

Students can opt to extend their stay after this  course to gain more experience through a professionally run internship program.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DESIGN

FOR:  Graduate Students from Economics, Business Administration, International Development, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or International Management 

Dates: January 6-19, 2019

Credits Available

OVERVIEW

This practical course teaches students to how to use design skills to craft solutions to complex social problems.  Using experiential learning methods that put affected people at the center of the design process, this multi-discipline course takes students though a design thinking process while imparting concrete development experience and building practical skills for the 21st century.

 

This accredited MBA course is being offered through Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia is appropriate for graduate students from all disciplines interested in social entrepreneurship, design, nonprofit management, social business, and international development.  

GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL INNOVATION

FOR:

Healthcare professional

Graduate students -health fields

FOR:  Medical & Health Professionals (doctors, nurses, administrators & managers, public health  paramedics, etc.)

Graduate students in health-related fields (MD, MPH, nursing, etc.); or MBAs & Masters in development interest in working in health sector.  

10 days/11 nights

January 24 - February 2, 2019

*Credits available

OVERVIEW

Global Health and Social Innovation is not a traditional medical mission focused on clinical work. Rather this a global health program is about creative problem solving and innovation in health care used to detect, treat, and manage disease of poor and vulnerable populations—those living on less than $2.00 per day—in India.

 

Through field exercises, site visits, workshops, and consulting projects participants explore major health challenges in India as well as innovative health care approaches and management practices to solve them.

Immerse in local culture and experience on-the-ground realities of delivering healthcare by working and living in affected communities

 

Apply health care skills in a developing country context through projects that address clinical, managerial, technology, and systems issues in health care access, cost, appropriateness  and delivery to the poor.

Gain new skills, experience and ideas working collaboratively with Indian health professionals. 

Learn design skills and innovate ways to improve healthcare for the poor in expert-led design workshops. 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DESIGN

FOR:  MBAs or Graduate students of economics, international, development, international management, etc. 

14 days  / 14 nights

January 5 - 19,  2019

Credits Available

OVERVIEW

Social enterprise Design is about finding business solutions to poverty and other social problems. This accredited MBA course teaches the complex and messy art of identifying business opportunities in social problems and then designing solutions using business vehicles and entrepreneurship.

International business students and MBA students from one of India’s leading business schools learn best practice design frameworks, and then apply them in field exercises, prototyping workshops and consulting assignments.

Through live cases, field visits, meetings with leading Indian social entrepreneurs, and social enterprise projects students examine social enterprise models, products, processes and scrutinize their ability to create social impact.  

Throughout the course, students learn about pragmatic and nuanced aspects of designing social enterprises. Expert-led technical workshops, field exercises and consulting projects broach the immense strategic and operational challenges related to designing blended value social enterprises that work in practice.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DESIGN

FOR:  MBAs or Graduate Students of Economics, International Development, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or International Management 

Dates: TBA

*Credits Available

OVERVIEW

Social enterprise Design is about finding business solutions to poverty and other social problems. This accredited MBA course teaches the complex and messy art of identifying business opportunities in social problems and then designing solutions using business vehicles and entrepreneurship.

International business students and MBA students from one of India’s leading business schools learn best practice design frameworks, and then apply them in field exercises, prototyping workshops and consulting assignments.

Through live cases, field visits, meetings with leading Indian social entrepreneurs, and social enterprise projects, students examine social enterprise models, products, processes and scrutinize their ability to create social impact.  

Throughout the course, students learn about pragmatic and nuanced aspects of designing social enterprises. Expert-led technical workshops, field exercises and consulting projects broach the immense strategic and operational challenges related to designing blended value social enterprises that work in practice.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better its not." 

- Dr. Suess, The Lorax

TECHNICAL PROGRAMS

Grassroots U rigorous programs teach social entrepreneurship best practice and reflect the industry' technical 

concentrations.

Explore our  Programs

Join one of our open enrollment experiential learning programs or courses

Create Your Own

Program

Desing your own custom experiential learning program or courses to meet your learning objectives and specifications

Grassroots U is professional development and capacity-building organization. We use experiential learning to deliver rigorous technical programs in real-life social entrepreneurship that empowers participants to make a difference:

  • Professionals, practitioners, and students gain valuable skills, practical experience and expert tools to make and lead social change.

  • NGOs, development organizations, and social enterprises strengthen their capacity and performance to create strategic and sustainable social impact.

  • Grassroots U inspires participants with a new vision for the future and equips them with the tools to achieve it.

Global Health & Social Innovation

 2017

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