EGR 360: Policy Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century

The world's biggest problems are looking for a new organizational and operational model, one that combines the advantages of business, government, and NGOs. This is a dynamic learning-by-doing class on creating transformation through risk-taking action at the intersection of traditional sectors. Students will identify an issue, develop a plan to attack it, and work through the steps to begin executing. We cover topics such as conceptualizing the enterprise, location/jurisdiction choice, sustainability, and the importance of narrative. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

  • Michael Maren, The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid
  • Gabriel Metcalf, Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community
  • Jonathan C. Lewis, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur
  • Clifford Siskin, System: The Shaping of Modern Knowledge
  • Liliana Andonova, Governance Entrepreneurs: International Organizations
  • George Monbiot, Out Of The Wreckage - A New Politics For An Age of Crisis


Duncan Jepson

Jacob Shapiro

Reading/Writing Assignments

Each week will focus on helping students move through the process of taking an idea into an actionable plan. There will be 50-100 pages of readings each week. The final project will be on an executable plan for entrepreneurial action to address a social problem. 


  • Papers - 20%
  • Term Paper(s) - 10%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 20%
  • Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements

Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

None. EGR 200/201 would be useful but not required. Coursework in social sciences also useful but not required, especially economics, politics, and sociology.

Other Information

Other 50% = final project.