Keller Center - Educating Leaders for a Technology-Driven Society


Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: A Collaboratory for Social Entrepreneurship (SE Lab)

EGR 495, Professor Gordon Bloom

Course Description

Design/development of innovative social ventures -- often technology driven -- addressing major global challenges: poverty alleviation and international development, health and human rights, energy and environmental sustainability, peace and security, education. SE Lab fuses theoretical and practical approaches, offering an overview of social entrepreneurship and parallel development of team-based action projects. Lab participants collaborate, brainstorming idea development, designing innovative, feasible solutions/plans for the problem/opportunity chosen. Classes combine lectures, case discussion, small group workshops.


The class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

About Gordon Bloomg_bloom.jpg

Professor Gordon Bloom is founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Stanford & Harvard Universities and is currently Dean’s Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton. He teaches about the design, creation and development of innovative social change organizations. He is also a faculty fellow at Princeton's Davis International Center.
The SE Lab is a Silicon Valley and technology–influenced social venture incubator, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to global problem solving. It was launched at Stanford in 2001-2002, while Gordon taught on Stanford’s Public Policy Program faculty, and served as a faculty affiliate at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Program Officer at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies.
At Harvard, Gordon has taught on the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty in the Leadership and Management Group, and as a principal of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and as a faculty advisor and affiliate of the Center for Public Leadership, where in 2005 he was one of the founding faculty of the $10M Harvard Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. Many of the talented students & fellows in his Harvard and Stanford SE Labs have won the top awards of prestigious idea and business plan competitions, including those at Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.
Gordon is an author of the edited volume Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (A. Nicholls, ed., Oxford University Press, 2006/2008) and is a founding member of the Oxford/Ashoka led University Network for Social Entrepreneurship.
Gordon’s interest in entrepreneurship is informed by work in both the private and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. (New York, Cambridge, Palo Alto), Europe (London, Paris) and Asia (Hong Kong), as CEO of a medical technology company and in international strategy consulting.
He holds degrees from Harvard (AB) magna cum laude in History & Science, Stanford (MBA) with an award in Public Management and Columbia (MFA) where he held a Shubert Fellowship. Gordon’s wife, Sara Singer, teaches health policy & management on the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital. They live with their children Audrey (10) and Jason (6) in Newton, Massachusetts.