Future of Technology Policy

From the politics of social media and autonomous vehicles to asteroid mining, gene-editing, environmental issues, and innovations and implications we can’t yet imagine – the future of technology policy is as interesting and important as ever. As consumers, entrepreneurs, citizens, and policy-makers, what do we need to be thinking about and what kinds of skills […]

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Creating social entrepreneurs

This Complex Problems course will introduce students to the complex problem: How we can create and support social entrepreneurs? Social entrepreneurs are individuals who create businesses to address social problems or needs that are unmet by governments and current markets. These social entrepreneurs generally work with, but not against, the market forces and are typically […]

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Futures: What will be in 2040?

Universities teach about the past and the present in depth, but what about the future? This course’s dual goals are to develop an anticipatory future consciousness and to equip each student with practical methods and first-hand experience in a futures study. Future awareness comes from thoughtful reading, discussions, and guests; Future methods are qualitative, including creation of […]

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Design Thinking for Innovation  

This course helps students understand and apply a powerful new approach to solving complex problems through human-centered thinking. Design thinking is a problem-solving framework that is transforming fields from entertainment to international development. Students will learn critical thinking, empathy, how to question assumptions, how to clearly define a problem and other core tools of reasoning. […]

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Reality: Distorted/Augmented?

What is reality? How can we know whether our perceptions are accurate representations of the world? What happens when one person’s conception of reality disagrees with another person’s? These questions have been addressed in different ways in nearly every domain of intellectual discourse; however, answers have rarely been more important than now, when our society […]

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