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Global Social Entrepreneurship

2020 ~ Present | Jon R. Wilcox, Rise Up & Care


This VIP employs the sidekick model of global social entrepreneurship to leverage market forces to accomplish 3 critical objectives.  The first is to identify superhero local leaders in the global south who have a long track record of success in transforming their communities with social innovation.  The second is to inspire the world about these largely unknown change agents and their work.  The third is to generate resources for these superstar local leaders to expand their incredible work.  Students will learn the sidekick model of global philanthropy and the Rise Up methodology of social entrepreneurship that produces social cause movements around high quality film, children’s books, and other media.   The VIP will begin with particular focus on projects in Brazil.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Global Development, philanthropy, media, leadership, power relations, youth development, neighborhood transformation, leadership, social innovation

Methods and Technologies

  • Working in multinational teams
  • Product design
  • Art directing
  • Film-making
  • Branding
  • Writing
  • Social media
  • Portuguese
  • Web design
  • Illustrating
  • Spanish

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Business Administration
  • General Management
  • Computational Media
  • Economics
  • History and Sociology of Technology and Science
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Modern Languages
  • OMSCS synchronous, case-by-case

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Major(s) all:  Background/interest in transforming neighborhoods and youth in the Global South.   Should also appreciate documentary film, children’s books, story-telling.

Major(s) all:  Experience with or willingness to learn social entrepreneurship.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Van Leer 465
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Kirk Bowman

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Jon R. Wilcox, Rise Up & Care

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