PA 5743: Social Innovation Design Lab: Making your Idea a Reality


Spring 2020 | Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 PM | Remote | 1.5 credits

Instructors:   Megan Voorhees, Director of Experiential Education and Graduate Programs at Institute on the Environment and Affiliate Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Andrea Davila, Adjunct Faculty Member, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Tony Loyd, Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur

Do you have an idea for an organization, initiative or venture that that could address a social or environmental problem? This course is designed to help aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers from all disciplines develop a viable proposal for social change. Course content includes an introduction to human-centered design thinking, change management, leadership skills, non-profit and for-profit business models, and social entrepreneurship frameworks. At the end of the course, students present their project to a panel of experts.

Students and teams from this course will be encouraged to compete in the Acara Challenge for prizes and up to $5000 in fellowship money to pilot their idea.

You can learn more about this course here.

How can I participate? Students or teams interested in this course should apply by emailing a 1-page resume and project description (1 paragraph to 1 page) of your project/idea to The essay should address your motivation for taking the course, along with describing your idea, where you are with developing it, and what you need to take it forward.