Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University
Presents Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century
January 3-16, 2013

Journey to the magical island of Bali to participate in a special 2-week educational program designed to challenge and inspire you while immersed in a unique indigenous environment. This experience will provide skills and tools necessary for understanding social entrepreneurship with a global perspective. Over the course of the program you’ll engage with inspirational community organizations, explore places off-the-beaten path, and enjoy the rich and vibrant culture.


  • Dine with the young Prince of Peliatan and learn about challenges facing local leaders
  • Witness the sacred temples and participate in the ancient ceremonies of the Balinese culture
  • Cross-cultural collaborative learning with local Balinese students to tackle challenges faced by the Balinese
  • Visit new entrepreneurial endeavors in Bali
  • Explore the Balinese arts of Gamelan music and Legong dance taught by local masters
  • Engage with Balinese visionaries, royal families, healers, and community activists
  • Take a Balinese spider boat out to watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean
  • Trek through beautiful terraced rice paddies and visit local farmers
  • Site visits to Bumi Sehat, health clinic and midwife center founded by 2011 CNN Hero of the Year Ibu Robin Lim AND Internationally recognized Green School

Program Overview

Social Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to teach students to identify, define, investigate and act upon social problems they care about. We will explore the field of social entrepreneurship using community development and business models to tackle social problems, whether through creating and disseminating new technologies, encouraging the growth of micro-enterprises and micro-finance, or building sustainable NGOs. The focus is to use community development and business principles while emphasizing social impact over profit. Students will learn to use these principles with the goal of creating sustainable projects grounded in social justice.

Download course description here.

Hands-on Approach
In Bali, amid the spectacular views, green rice paddies, and holy temples, students will be immersed in the culture of sustainable communal living. You will learn about the intersection of traditional spirituality and the modern world, and take lessons from how the Balinese express their harmonious balance through the arts. Students will participate in conversations with young and older village leaders about current issues facing their community, and attend site visits to inspiring NGO’s. Other interactive cultural opportunities include lessons in Balinese Gamelon and Legong dance, making ceremonial offerings, and exploring a deeper understanding of the “banjar” system of community. Every aspect of the program is designed to put you on the ground in Bali, outside of the tourist areas and into the streets. Participants will develop a global perspective to social entrepreneurship by deeply engaging with the host culture.

Every day is a cultural immersion adventure in Bali – you’ll spend free time exploring the island and all its breathtaking sites. The Balinese culture is based on living harmoniously with the natural world, and you’ll understand why as you discover new ways to connect your own thinking with the impact of witnessing a culture that has survived for thousands of years.

We will be staying in Ubud, the cultural arts capital of Bali, during the bulk of the program. This fascinating village has all the comforts of home, but has a distinct essence that draws people from all over the world to witness its serenity, beauty and power.

Program Fees: The program fee is $1,995 and covers arrival on January 3 and departure on January 16 (13 nights/14 days). Registration fees include airport transfers, comfortable lodging at Balinese compounds, double occupancy for 13 nights, meeting costs, all group activities, transport and all program materials. Meals: all breakfasts, lunches & 5 dinners. Registration fees DO NOT include: airfare, visa entrance (approximately $25 USD), airport exit ($15 USD), travel medical insurance ($50-150), items of a personal nature (telephone, laundry, or any incidentals), and meals or optional events not covered by program fees.

Sonoma State Fees: $200 paid to SSU for extended education credits. For students who wish MBA credit for Business 553E Social Entrepreneurship –an additional fee of approximately $700-1200 will be paid to Extended Education for 3 units of graduate credit. Contact Dr. Robert Girling for more information.

To Register:

Fill out Online Application Form – Click HERE. All applicants will hear back within 2 days of submission.

Once accepted:

  1. Start looking for flights as soon as possible. Check Eva Air, Cathay Pacific, China Air or Singapore Air for cheapest flights. Flight route will be from San Francisco, California to Denpasar, Bali. Price range: $1100 – $1600.
  2. Deposit of $300 is due by October 30. This is a non-refundable deposit to secure placement for upcoming trip.
  3. The remaining fees are due by December 1, 2012.

Payment Options:

  1. By Check: Checks payable to “Bali Institute for Global Renewal” and mail to 3020 Bridgeway #194, Sausalito, CA 94965.
  2. By Paypal or Credit Card: Call Bali Institute office at 1-415-302-5905.

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