Unit 1: Learn

Before we start talking about how to develop and grow a social enterprise, we're faced with a very basic question: what do social innovation and social entrepreneurship even mean?

This introductory unit will take you through an exploration of how social entrepreneurship has been defined and interpreted, how it's distinct from other approaches to social good, and what we might learn from the long and tricky history of human efforts for a better world.

Our hope is that you finish this unit with an understanding of the different (often contradictory) definitions of social entrepreneurship and innovation, a critical eye for the dynamics involved when one tries to address complex issues, and an appreciation for the right levels of attention, care, respect, and determination that this journey calls for.


  1. Defining Terms
  2. Understanding Development & Social Change
  3. Understanding Social Entrepreneurship