University of Technology Sydney

21925 Founder at Heart

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This subject aims to help founders appreciate their entrepreneurial purpose, integrate their profile, build their resilience and learn about alternative and lesser known business models. Founding a venture requires imagination, courage and strength of character. Every founder is different and Silicon Valley best practices may not serve all. Founders need to identify their own 'why' and 'how' to cradle their idea, so that they build a business that suits their character, team and market need. With the aim of understanding and developing their own motivation, inner workings and capabilities, students learn entrepreneurial and research practices, mindsets, and ethics that inspire creative endeavours in 21st Century complexities. Students also learn to take a systems perspective and gain knowledge of new ways of working inherent in holacracies, teal organisations, open value networks and cooperatives. This subject combines purpose, resilience training and systems thinking to helps founders find a business model and not run out of steam. The subject builds on the works of Otto Scharmer (Theory U), Kate Rawford (Donut Economy), Daniel Kahnemann (Thinking Fast and Slow), Joanna Macy (The Work that Reconnects), Fritjof Capra (The Systems View of Life), Michael E Porter (Shared Value), Charles Eisenstein (The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible), and Frederic Laloux (Reinventing Organisations). These authors span and connect inner motivation and capabilities with systemic and economic practices and mindsets.

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