Brown's Entrepreneurship Course Wins National Award

Tony Brown, a professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been honored for his course “Social Entrepreneurship in Action,” which has been the launching pad for a number of ongoing on-campus and off-campus organizations over the last 12 years.

Brown’s course for The Hart Leadership Program’s Enterprising Leadership Initiative was chosen for a 2012 Ashoka U–Cordes Innovation Award. The award highlights teaching and partnership practices that are innovative, replicable and that make a significant impact on society. Brown’s course was one of six award winners selected from 80 nominations.

Brown’s course helps students combine analysis, action and personal passion to develop new social initiatives. Supporting and guiding students through the challenge of creating real results – and holding them accountable for doing so – can lead to meaningful development in the areas of agency, efficacy and changemaker identity, according to Asoka U.

Ashoka U is Ashoka’s initiative for social innovation in higher education, and the Cordes Foundation is an organization that equips the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Awards were announced Feb. 11 at the Ashoka U Exchange, a gathering at Arizona State University of more than 400 participants representing 100 colleges and universities from over 15 countries.