Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation: Changemaker Lab

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Class Size: 75
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Dion Gouws square
strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting
David Muehleisen
sustainable agriculture, entomology
Melissa Nivala

In this introductory program, students will develop the skills and insight needed to begin to find out what to do with their lives, how to conduct business and understand the relationship between business and society. This program will include fundamental work in entrepreneurship and business, decision making, finance, cooperative leadership, management, ethics, quantitative work, economics, accounting, income taxes, financial statement and ratio analysis, some principles of investing as well as the concept of time value of money. We will read texts such as Collins - Good to Great , Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , Isaacs's - Dialogue, The Art of Thinking Together , Nonaka - The Knowledge Creating Company, and Godin - Tribes .

Key factors to business success will be explored from different perspectives and stakeholder views. Emphasis will be placed on working in teams and managing teams of teams.  We will also focus on the principles and application of effective dialogue in leading organizations and discovering where we come from, what has led us to where we are now and where we are going.  In this program we place an emphasis on trying things out, taking risks and failing in a safe environment and learning from our own and each other's small failures.  We will apply a learning method called the Partus Method to learn to find a way when you don't know what’s next.  

Fall quarter, we will cover fundamentals of planning, business fundamentals and theories and practices of team entrepreneurship, which will serve as a foundation for further work in advanced business and graduate programs. Students will examine leadership, business and finance through a variety of approaches and from diverse viewpoints. In seminar-type sessions we will explore planning, entrepreneurship, innovation, management science, finance, marketing and ethics. We will play Monopoly and through game playing learn how to record accounting transactions, prepare and understand financial statements for a small business or non-profit and understand how income taxes impact business decision making.

New students with project ideas and some knowledge of business fundamentals may be admitted to the program winter quarter. During the winter and spring quarters, students will continue learning business fundamentals.  The emphasis will shift to learning by doing: starting and operating real experimental companies and projects that engage with real customers, employers and stakeholders and generate real revenues.  Students will work in project and training teams to develop independent projects focused on improving their business, marketing and analytical skills. Students in the program will be able to start their own business or non-profit organizations should they decide it is feasible or develop their skills so that they may become effective intra-preneurs.

Student team entrepreneurs will work on innovative projects together and develop their skills using the Evergreen Interdisciplinary Learning style and the Tiimiakatemia Partus Method. Students will learn valuable skills and will have the opportunity to learn how to manage and interact with teams and teams of teams online.  Upon completion of the program, students will be better equipped to understand how a business operates and how to manage and launch startups using cloud technologies.

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To successfully participate in this program in fall quarter students need access to a computer and internet with the capacity to communicate by Zoom conference. Students should expect to spend 16 hours using zoom, online collaboration tools and streaming service. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Business, management, accounting, entrepreneurship and government service.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Fall Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
  • Winter and Spring: Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

$10 fee fall quarter (or the first quarter you join the program if joining after fall)

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 75

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 9:00 am

Located in: Olympia

2020-10-26Dave Muehleisen added to teaching team for Winter
2020-08-13This program is now fully remote during fall quarter