Community-Engaged Business Model Design

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Business Model Design
Spring 2023
Taught By: Jen van der Meer
Section: A

CRN: 13983

Credits: 3

Business models have been blamed for the fall of democracy, the poor mental health of teens, and the rise of surveillance capitalism. In this course students explore mental frames we use to describe how organizations create value, and why entrepreneurial ventures continue to perpetuate cycles of inequity through status quo startup methods and financing mechanisms. Students will learn how to center the core value of an organization to provide unmet needs of a community. Additional explorations will widen the description of entrepreneurial organization to include cooperative structures, collectives, community benefit organizations and other non profits, collaboratives, and public benefit companies. Through discussion, analysis, community-engaged research and financial modeling, students move towards designing a business model and fundraising plan that creates and shares value towards more equitable outcomes.

Open to: All university graduate students; undergraduate juniors and seniors with permission only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 7:38am EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 819
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023