The California Institute for Social Business (CISB) in collaboration with Professor Muhammad Yunus was established as part of the CSU Channel Islands’ commitment to prepare students for the world they will inherit upon graduation. The CISB addresses the need for students to participate in local and global experiences and learn new methods of alleviating serious social ills that impact our region and the world. Building on the four pillars of the University, CISB exposes students to opportunities for learning about and addressing local and far-reaching social ills through the application, study and development of Professor Yunus’ notions of Social Business.
The CISB has four principal elements:
- Undergraduate curricula. The CISB has created an Minor and a Certificate in Social Business. The Certificate is available to nonmatriculated students as well as CI undergraduates. As part of these programs, three new courses will be taught: Introduction to Social Business, Social Business Planning, and Research in Social Business. Introduction to Social Business is offered in the Fall semester, followed by Social Business Planning in Spring semester. The Research in Social Business course involves faculty-student research teams studying a particular social business.
- Graduate curricula. Courses will occasionally be offered.
- Academic research concerning social business. The CISB has published the only text dedicated to Social Business, Social Business: Theory, Practice, and Critical Perspectives (Springer 2014). Scholars from around the world contributed to this volume that is edited by CISB Director Andrea Grove and CI's Associate Vice President for Extended University Gary A. Berg. The Institute will support additional research projects as relevant to the work of social business and establishing increased earned income streams for non-profit and community-based organizations.
- Partnership development. We are developing partnerships with local and global social businesses, other community partners, and academic institutions around the world to a) speak with students in the social business courses; b) provide future work opportunities for our students; c) consider social business as an option for their existing non-profit organization’s work; and/or d) collaborate in our academic enterprises (teaching and research).