Spring 2018  |  GCC 5023 Section 001: Grand Challenge: Leading Across Sectors to Address Grand Challenges (69836)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
Thu 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, East Bank
Science Teaching Student Svcs 412
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 75 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
"The critical challenges society faces, such as water scarcity, access to education, and the rising cost of healthcare, increasingly require the business, government and nonprofit sectors to work together to create lasting solutions." -- Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas, "Why the World Needs Cross-Sector Leaders," Harvard Business Review, February 13, 2013 Numerous universities, including the University of Minnesota; business leaders; non-profit organizations and policy makers have increasingly emphasized the value and necessity of multisector leadership to address complex and critical challenges. Such collaborative initiatives take place in broader social contexts; have key individual and organizational inputs; and can take many forms, from community task forces to organized collective impact initiatives to social enterprise organizations that blend private-sector incentives with public-service goals. Because they involve a conscious focus on we versus me, and operate largely apart from well-established processes or mission statements, they force us to examine civic life through a new lens and to (re)consider ethical questions related to it. This course explores multisector leadership from a variety of perspectives and provides an opportunity for students to work together to apply what they are learning individually and in teams through in-class exercises, peer coaching, and a final team grant proposal project. After an introductory session where students analyze and present answers related to specific case studies, we begin with an overview of relevant shared leadership theories and practice fields --- including collective, participatory and integrative leadership and an overview of relevant ethical questions and themes. We then consider relevant individual inputs into multisector leadership, including through having students assess their own leadership strengths, what they bring to the collaborative table, and contract with assigned interdisciplinary teams
Class Description:
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