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Alex Murray

City: Seattle

Country: US


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Alex’s proposal for OVER:

“I teach entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. When students address unmet needs to find entrepreneurial opportunities, many draw from their own experiences and the profit-maximizing logic present in the United States. As a result, many entrepreneurial opportunities do not consider the environmental and social impact. I believe sharing a book like this early in the quarter will prompt students to consider the negative externalities of their “solutions” to problems facing developed economies.

Having worked at Grameen in Nairobi, I worked with a number of social entrepreneurs and ventures which aim to solve problems while considering the well-being of the planet and society. I believe exposing the students to this book will prompt them to think about the issues facing the world and how the solutions they propose to “problems” may actually have a negative impact. I’d love to incorporate the book into my course to encourage students to go forth and create entrepreneurial ventures which consider the problems facing our planet.”

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