Concentrations

Generative Entrepreneurship

Concentration Description

The Generative Entrepreneurship concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with developing the capabilities required for launching new entrepreneurial initiatives. Entrepreneurship is a major driver of social and economic transformation. Social Entrepreneurship entails social innovation in the service of positive social impact. Generative Entrepreneurship goes beyond positive social impact to include regenerating the commons and furthering collective transformative learning that impacts future generations. Instead of exploiting the commons by externalizing costs, Generative Entrepreneurship seeds and grows the commons. In doing so, Generative Entrepreneurs combine technological and social innovation with cultural innovation

Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: Regenerating the commons, transformative innovation, Theory U, caring and well-being economies. 

"When you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, and in keeping yourself with labor, you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret."

—Kahlil Gibran

Selected Concentration Courses

Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:

  • Generative Dimensions of Innovation
  • Presence and Purpose
  • Visioning a Generative Initiative
  • Regenerative Value Propositions
  • Economic Value of Caring
  • Cultural Innovation and Cultural Leadership

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and onsite one-week residencies. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite residency connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong residencies per academic year, until they complete their residency requirements. Residencies run Monday through Friday throughout the year, at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Students can select residency dates and locations based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.