The following projects were undertaken as part of Social Enterprises: Innovation, Justice, and Community Development, a course lead by Dr. Vanna Gonzales, Faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
The course, which was developed and taught for the first time Fall, 2011, consisted of two significant components. The first component was in a classroom setting where the empirical and theoretical perspectives of the social economy were covered in weekly seminars. The lecture portion of the class introduced students to the importance of participation in the social economy and the power of inclusion when connecting development to economic models, social justice policies, and sustainable development.
The second component of the course embedded teams of three to four students within one of four social enterprises in the greater phoenix area (Conspire, ArcoSanti, Gila River Cooperative, Alt^I) and to apply concepts learned in the classroom to develop innovation projects in collaboration with faculty and community mentors.
To view projects and associated reports, click on the individual project tabs located to the right of “Innovation Projects” under the Asu Courses tab.