Additional information: This Good practice is applied at LUISS Business School with respect to teaching Social Entrepreneurship and other topics related to Ethics Responsibility and Sustainability. The Toolbox is available to every teacher at LUISS Business School who is willing to introduce these topics in their courses, and is now used in a pull mode (interested teachers ask to the Manager of the toolbox, he searches the toolbox and signals the best matches, managing also the interaction between interested teachers and the chosen experts). The current information contained in the toolbox is names, roles, contact info, CV, details on the topics, details on the format the expert can bring in class (up to a complete syllabus when possible). The toolbox is an asset of the School and is not public, but can be accessed via the service of the KNOW toolbox Manager. The School is however open to discuss possible partnership to pool together its and other toolboxes of the same kind. The first large use of the toolbox is taking place in these days to prepare 4 modules on Impact Investing, For profit-No profit partnerships, Sustainability, and Ethics for managers and entrepreneurs to be run in April 2016 in 9 Executive programs at LUISS Business School.
The 6 steps of building the KNOW Toolbox:
- Step 1: building the KNOW database. Most of the initial contacts can be collected simply asking people in the organization to search for experts within their networks. Even a small number of contacts will be enough to start out: new contacts will be gathered in a snowball fashion as activities unfold.
- Step 2: a form must be created and filled by the contacted experts. The form must contain contact info, CV, and specify in detail the topics and the format the expert can bring in class, even in the form of syllabus, if possible.
- Step 3: Information on the teaching opportunities that experts can provide are circulated within the organization. This can be in push mode (circulating the information e.g., via email) or pull mode (interested teachers ask to the Manager of the toolbox and she or he searches the toolbox and signals the best matches).
- Step 4. Privacy must be managed differently for each expert, assuring the info at step 2 is diffused only to the agreed extent.
- Step 5: as the KNOW toolbox grows, other services can be added: e.g., it could also be searched via keywords.
For any further detail please contact Francesco Rullani, LUISS University, Viale Romania 32, 00198, Rome (Italy), firstname.lastname@example.org.