Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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IPOL 8566

Ecology of SCOs

Ecology of Social Change Organizations focuses each semester on a single organization, and on its current, real-world challenges. Each week, working professionals from the organization will come to campus to discuss these issues. A number of different faculty – each brought in to match the organization’s challenges w/ their expertise – will cycle in session by session to help frame the issues and workshop possible solutions or ways forward. The overall goal of this one-credit course is two-fold: first, to bring a holistic perspective on managing social change organizations, whose leaders work in contexts where implementing the “best practices” for, say, human resources can actually conflict with “best practices” in other organizational domains. Second, the course is meant to continuously focus on the organization’s wider institutional environment, which frequently places both constraints and unforeseen opportunities in front of managers and leaders. This Spring’s organization is the Firelight Foundation, a Santa Cruz based outfit focused on what it calls a “high leverage” approach to helping African communities deal with HIV and AIDS.
International Policy
International Policy
Intl Policy & Management
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