Conscious Social Change

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Gretchen Steidle

Cross-listed with PPOL 5525

Conscious Social Change is the intersection of personal leadership, global citizenship, contemplative practice and social entrepreneurship. It is an approach whereby leaders invest in their own self-understanding so that they may initiate social change mindfully with an understanding of how to embody the change they want to see in the world. It employs design tools that ensure solutions are innovative, sustainable and impactful at the systemic and root level of a social issue. It is a process where continual inner and outer transformation strives to advance a whole, just and compassionate society.

The Conscious Social Change J-Term course is an experiential social venture incubator integrating mindfulness-based leadership practices, social entrepreneurship tools, conscious social change methodologies, and contemplative ideas and practices.

Students will work in teams to develop a business plan for a real or hypothetical socialĀ­ purpose venture or community-based organization. Daily contemplative practice, interactive personal leadership work and course dialogue will allow students to explore both the inner and external dimensions of becoming change leaders. Drawing from the experiences of Lecturer, Gretchen Steidle, President and Founder of an international NGO, Global Grassroots, the course incorporates case studies of social entrepreneurs and conscious change leaders from grassroots communities globally.