Through the support of the Office of the Provost and the Changemaker Hub, students in Philosophy 332 (Business Ethics) engaged local social entrepreneurs in face-to-face conversations about how their life story or lived experiences engendered the ideas, motivations, and commitment that drive their social venture.
These conversations provide insight into how social entrepreneurs are driven by values and aspirations other than the profit motive, and how they turn conditions involving uncertainty into profit-generating ideas or opportunities. Through these conversations, students also gained a deeper appreciation of the importance of diversity interactions—i.e., exchanges between and among people who are different—for driving positive change and fostering creativity within business organisations: cooperative endeavors that harness the differences in people’s perspectives and lived experiences help curb group-think, emotional contagion, and herd behaviors.
Most importantly, these conversations provide insight into how entrepreneurs work with local communities and mobilize indigenous resources to address a range of social issues—climate change and sustainability, juvenile justice, homelessness, food security, educational disparities, among others.
Student Work from 2017
Oral History Conversation With Chuck Samuelson, Sulaiman Almatar, Michelle Truong, Jason Chander, and Megan Strickland
Oral History Conversation with Christopher Yanov (Reality Changers), Bronte E. Benesh, Matthew Fairorth, Mshary Arnous, and Jason Mendes
Oral History Conversation with Monserrat Corral Perez, Brianna M. Boretto and Andrew Schlegel
Oral History Conversation with Rasto Ivanic, Andreas Breitenberg-Scavuzzo, Courtney Abbassian, Devon Parikh, and Majid Bouresli
Oral History Conversation with Lydell Aaron, Alexander Z. Bulkin, Kari Schattinger, Kate L. Gardner, Charbel Mouannes, and Danielle Silvaggio
Oral History Conversation Teresa Smith, Cole W. Davenport, Charlie Gunn, Marissa DiBlasio, and Melad Youssofi
Oral History Conversation with Joon Han, Lacey Hartin, Gabriela Guevara, and Akira Bannai
Oral History Conversation with Charlene Espinoza, Tatiana T. Henry, Blake Martin, Jessica Hernandez Bernal, and Chason S. Bridges
Oral History Conversation With Evan Malter, Tyler J. Hodges, Mary Ann Lee, Max Opperman, and Salvador Llamas
Oral History Conversation with Tyler Norris, Morgan Lester, Keegan P. McMillan, Baisi Wu, and William Han
Oral History Conversation With BH Kim and Kaison Tanabe, Grant M. McGahey Mr., Austen Molano, Dylan Valdivia, and Randy Kim
Oral History Conversation with Sara Schairer, Lauren Sykes, Kendall Higgins, and Caitlin Catherwood
Oral History Conversation with Jason Buys, Marguerite M. Wallace, Akira Bannai, Devon Parikh, and Jason Mendes
Oral History Conversation with Patrick Rust, Draysen Wilson, Emily Evans, Madison Span, and Bryan Rodriguez