Designing the Future of Business

Parsons School of Design: School of Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Designing Future of Business
Spring 2024
Taught By: Molly Ragan
Section: A

CRN: 14883

Credits: 3

The global COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the tattered threads of capitalism, exposing its inability to protect all but the privileged few from disaster. Combined with an increasingly irreparable climate crisis, expanding corporate hegemony, growing political mistrust, and more, it is clear our current neoliberal economic systems are failing. However, from the wreckage has sprouted something beautiful: the collective vision of a world beyond capitalism rooted in justice, mutualism, and care. In conversation with leading scholars, activists, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and other post-capitalist pioneers, students will explore the role of business in shaping this future. Students will learn to untether themselves from traditional capitalistic business frameworks and instead leverage alternative business models, organizational strategies, and operational practices for change. They will situate their own design practices within emerging post-capitalist movements like the Solidarity Economy, degrowth, open source, and more, and will leave the class confident that a world beyond capitalism is not only possible, it’s here.

Open to: All undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Design Strategies (SDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56pm EST 2/23/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 901
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024