Spring 2016

SST-295 ST: Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

This course is sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. Alumni with significant careers in the humanities, social sciences and sciences return to campus to talk about the ways that they shaped their successes after graduation. Career-focused readings and discussion with a dozen alumni will help students think creatively about their futures. Both students and speakers take the Color Q personality assessment (Zichy and Bidou 2007), so that students will know which speakers most resemble them in psychological profile.

ANT-295 ST: Managing Organizations for Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Also listed as SST-295. Sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. An analysis of social responsibility and sustainability issues in managing non-profit, for-profit and social enterprises, in global perspective. The work of Grinnell President Howard Bowen, father of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, will be considered in detail. Seven alumni will participate in class to discuss their organizations or how they, as consultants, help organizations& become more and sustainable and socially responsible. We will consider anthroplogical roles of collaborative anthropology, consulting, and social entrepreneurship in addressing sustainability and social responsibility. Prerequisite: None.

SST-295 ST: Sustainable Journal Publishing

During 2014-2015, the Center for Prairie Studies founded Rootstalk, a multimedia interdisciplinary online journal that examines cultural and natural aspects of the prairie region. Building on that success, students will learn editorial skills as they prepare the journal’s third issue and additionally will join instructors, Grinnell alumni from the publishing world, and Development Office staff to research models of publishing sustainability. We will explore grant writing, fundraising, subscription models, advertising, and more. The goal: to make Rootstalk self-supporting within three years.

Short Course: SST - 295-01 ST: Refugees in Complex Emergencies: Leadership and the Humanitarian Dilemma
Neil Otto '72

 
We will explore the art and science of saving lives in complex emergencies - providing water, nutrition, security, and health care. The course will also consider real world examples of operational challenges in emergency relief situations to examine what constitutes leadership where cultural dissonance, resource limitations and moral ambiguities complicate every decision. Sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership: taught by Neil Otto '72, Director, The Otto Family Foundation.
 

Short Course: SST- 295-05  ST: Social Justice Influencing American Business
Tom Triplett '69

 
American business has been phenomenally successful in generating economic gain.  But increasingly business leaders are seeking “social” as well as financial returns in their businesses.  In this course, we’ll study this trend and project where it is likely to lead into the future.  We’ll examine innovative tools and processes that are being used in this “Social Enterprise” revolution, and what it means to folks who will soon enter the workforce.  Finally, we’ll relate all this to Grinnell’s long-term interest in social justice
 

Short Course: ST: The Grinnell Caucus Project
Barb Trish

 
Capitalizing on the competitive 2016 nomination contests in both parties, this short-course will examine the Iowa caucus campaign, built around course-embedded travel and sessions with political operatives, journalists and others involved now or the past with presidential nomination politics.  The course will run for seven days immediately prior to the start of the Spring semester

Fall 2015

ANT-295-01 ST: Managing Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Special Topic: Solutions: Managing Enterprise and Innovation. Also listed as SST-295-01. This course, sponsored by the Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, takes a case-study approach to the management of innovations, or generating solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, using case studies by alumni innovators, many of whom will visit class. We start, of course, with Grinnell's most famous entrepeneur, Robert Noyce. Innovations include changes in products, processes, and organizational structures. Alumni will participate throughout the course. Prerequisites: 1 course in the social studies division.

Short Course: SST- 295-08  ST: Learning from Literature: Insights for Leadership in the New Workplace
Bruce Weidruch '78

 
Weaving timeless fictional characters with the biographies of corporate visionaries, historian and entrepreneur Bruce Weindruch illuminates the role of strategic planning, sales, branding and corporate social responsibility in today’s 24/7 technology-driven workplace.  In this “MBA for Liberal Arts Undergrads,” learn the “why it’s done” – as opposed to “how it’s done” – that distinguishes legendary leaders. Sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership; taught by Bruce Weindruch '78.
 

Short Course: SST- 295-05 ST:  Real Life Entrepreneurship: How to build a Brand/Business
Sanjay Khanna '85

 
Students will gain insights into business realities and pitfalls applicable in virtually any profession, establishing one's own company as an entrepreneur, and/or in improving a business segment within an existing company as an intrapreneur. Through discussion and real-life scenarios, students will learn common sense approaches, thinking out of the box and the lowest common denominator method of thinking. Sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership; taught by Sanjay Khanna '85, Founder, Peninsula Consultants.

Spring 2015

ANT 295-04 - Special Topic: Managing Organizations for Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Cross-listed as: SST 295-04. Sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. An analysis of social responsibility and sustainability issues in managing non-profit, for-profit and social enterprises, in global perspective. The work of Grinnell President Howard Bowen, father of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, will be considered in detail. Seven alumni will participate in class to discuss their organizations or how they, as consultants, help organizations become more and sustainable and socially responsible. We will consider anthropological roles of collaborative anthropology, consulting, and social entrepreneurship in addressing sustainability and social responsibility. Prerequisite: None.

SST 295-05 - Special Topic: Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

This course is sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. Alumni with significant careers in the humanities, social sciences and sciences return to campus to talk about the ways that they shaped their successes after graduation. Career-focused readings and discussion with a dozen alumni will help students think creatively about their futures. Both students and speakers take the Color Q personality assessment (Zichy and Bidou 2007), so that students will know which speakers most resembles them in psychological profile.

SST 295-06 - Special Topic: Interdisciplinary Publishing II: Enacting the Vision for a Prairie Studies Journal

Cross-listed as: HUM 295-03. The second semester in a two-semester sequence that will train students as entrepreneurs and publishers by involving them in creating an interdisciplinary multimedia on-line journal dedicated to a critical examination of natural and cultural aspects of the prairie/Midwest region of North America. Students will join instructors and Grinnell alumni from the publishing and on-line worlds to implement the plans developed by students in the first semester (Fall 2014) - identifying members of an editorial board, reviewing content submissions, editing those selected for publication, solidifying plans for sustaining the publication, finalizing the design of the journal’s on-line template, and ultimately producing the journal’s first issue. No prior experience in publishing is required, and you need not have taken the first semester of the course to take the second.This course is sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership

Fall 2014

CSC 281-01 Learning from CS Alumni 

This course challenges you to think beyond your time at Grinnell. Alumni with careers related to computer science will tell their own stories so that we can learn how they constructed their lives and careers. They will also provide advice as you think about your life and career. Readings and assignments will encourage further reflection. S/D/F only. Variable topic course. Repeatable for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: Computer Science 151. REBELSKY 

SST 295-02 Managing Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

Special Topic: Solutions: Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Also listed as SST-295-02. This course, sponsored by the Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, takes a case-study approach to the management of innovations, or generating solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, using case studies by alumni innovators, many of whom will visit class. We start, of course, with Grinnell's most famous entrepreneur, Robert Noyce. Innovations include changes in products, processes, and organizational structures. Alumni will participate throughout the course. Prerequisites: 2 courses in the social studies division. 

SST-295-01 ST: Interdisciplinary Publishing 

Special Topic: Interdisciplinary Publishing: Founding a Prairie Studies Journal. Also listed as HUM-295. This course will train students as entrepreneurs and publishers by involving them in creating an interdisciplinary multimedia on-line journal highlighting North America's prairie region. Students from across the divisions will join instructors and Grinnell alumni from the publishing world to collaborate on an editorial vision for the journal, create a dynamic on-line template, develop an effective marketing plan, solicit and review submissions, and ultimately produce the journal's first issue. Prerequisites: Second-year standing. 

Short Course: SST-295-03 : Balancing Privacy and National Security and the Role of the Press
Harvey Nixon '55

 
We'll wrestle with some hard issues confronting our country: Balancing privacy and national security--the role of the press--and the burgeoning social media. What are the limits? Who says? Analyzing the rule of law. Taught by four lawyers, two of whom are experienced press professionals, we'll also discuss--we hope demonstrate--those professions' essential skills. Plus at least one great movie and a chance to be in a relevant play! An intellectual adventure! 
 

Spring 2014

ANT/SST 295.03: SUSTAINABILITY: MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS AND INNOVATION

This course is sponsored by the WIlson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. An analysis of management issues in non-profit, for-profit organizations and social enterprises, whether the organizational section is local or international, including problems of meshing organizational cultures with local cultures. The concepts of sustainability and resilience in organizations will be examined in detail. Approximately a dozen alumni will participate in class to discuss their organization. Three of these are anthropologists who have developed non-traditional careers in social entrepreneurship, collaborative anthropology, and consulting. We focus on issues of creating effective and sustainable organizations and will survey alumni on their experience in organizations and on skills needed for effective participation in organizations. Especially appropriate for students preparing for or returning from internships. Many of the readings will come from Caulkins and Jordan (eds) COMPANION TO ORGANIZATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY, which features 38 international contributors on a vast range of organizational issues. Course readings also include the most widely read authors on social sector or non-profit organizations and articles by Caulkins and his students.

A plus-2 independent study option is available to incorporate additional organizational research or practical training, including Jane Chen (2012 Grinnell Prize Winner) who will do a design workshop on campus in February.

SST 295.03: CREATIVE CAREERS: LEARNING FROM ALUMNI

Career-focused readings and discussions with a dozen alumni will help students think creatively about their career options. Both students and speakers take the Color Q personality assessment (Zichy and Bidou 2007), so that students will know which speakers most resemble them in psychological profile. This will help them to make our triologue, involving students, alumni , and faculty, more insightful.

A second goal of this course is to help create a multi-generational community of Grinnell alumni, parents, faculty, and current students in order to enhance our ability to help each other change the world for the better.

Fall 2013

SST/ANT 295.02 Managing Enterprise and Innovation
D. Douglas Caulkins

Special Topic: Managing Enterprise and Innovation This course, sponsored by the Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, takes a case-study approach to the management of innovations, using case studies by alumni visitors. Innovations include changes in products, processes, and organizational structures, in such fields as social enterprise, education, biotechnology, community action organizations, web-based businesses, conservation organizations, and high technology firms. Alumni will participate throughout the course, giving their experience of managing innovation in a variety of firms and NGOs. Prerequisites: 2 courses in the social studies division. Cross-list: ANT-295-02. Mondays and Fridays, 12:45 - 2:05 p.m.

 

Short Course: SST 295: So You Want to Start a Business?
Atul Gupta '88

 
This course, sponsored by the Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, identifies the challenges and rewards, the successes and failures that face every entrepreneur starting up a business. The example used will be a computer services company, but the lessons generalize to most kinds of start-ups. The students will see business foundation as the realization of an "idea." Business ideas, like most ideas, are ultimately based on an underlying philosophy that guides key decisions and operations. What is the "value proposition" of your business? In other words, why would consumers buy your product? Why would people come to work for you? What do you offer that they cannot get elsewhere? We will cover such issues as what motivates people risk entrepreneurship. Identifying and building upon core strengths and competencies. How to measure and monitor growth and progress. When and how to get outside help: acquiring mentors, establishing an advisory board. When is it time to reinvent your business? How do you do that? The students should leave this short course with a better understanding of the pain and joy of creating and running a successful company. Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 - 4:05 p.m. Dates: October 28 to November 12, 2013. Short course deadlines apply.