Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition


Course Information

12-day onsite course in Costa Rica (San Jose and Manuel Antonio/Quepos)
Dates: June 24 – July 5, 2018

Positive Leadership workshop participants at UPEACE doing Design Thinking
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Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition

Learn. Play. Discover.  Costa Rica!  This highly experiential, field-based course takes increasingly deep dives into social ventures including women-empowered coffee businesses, squatter-settlement education, sustainable-community fishing and child physical therapy and leadership development with horses.  Learn design thinking, social venture modeling and consulting in this journey of self-discovery.  Participants will also be recognized with a joint Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the Centre for Executive Education at the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the WWU’s IDEA Institute.  Travel through Costa Rica, learn design thinking, social venture modeling, self-leadership, consulting approaches all in the context of social justice, business, community building and sustainability. Join us in this beautiful, safe and welcoming country for an epic travel experience of a lifetime!  Space is limited.

In this program, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education is partnering with Western Washington University and WWU’s IDEA Institute. The IDEA Institute  promotes multi-purpose, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation. Any student from any college can receive a minor in entrepreneurship and combine it with the focus of their studies. At the IDEA Institute, entrepreneurship is for everyone.

Course dates:

June 24th – July 5th, 2018


4-Credit Course through Western Washington University: $4,525 (**In-state tuition for WA residents) / $6,400 for out-of-state tuition)

Professional Development Certificate from the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and WWU’s IDEA Institute: $4,525 — The program design is built through the lens of the professional.  The experience will be the same for all participants and professionals will be awarded the certificate.  University students earning credit will fulfill additional requirements.

*A limited number of partial scholarships are available for non-credit bearing participants.
** Cost includes a shared room in an eco-lodge hotel, all breakfasts, 8 lunches & 4 dinners, transportation and entry to all field visits


Dr. Art Sherwood, Western Washington University: Art imagines a world where everyone is empowered to make change happen.  His work to pursue this includes holding the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in Bellingham and directing WWU’s IDEA Institute where he teaches and leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming. As a professor, he researches inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and teaches how people can cooperate to address our world’s challenges and seize opportunities.  Art is an experienced entrepreneur having recently launched, a global education and learning company building on his 25+ years of experience that includes being a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op, deep engagement with the local food movement in the US where he co-founded the Local Growers Guild farmer marketing cooperative and co-owned an organic farm as well as eye-opening stints at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the US Army National Guard.

Julia Delafield, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive EducationJulia Delafield, Director, UPEACE Centre for Executive EducationJulia is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to make a positive impact in the world around them. She has dual master’s degrees from UPEACE and American University in Washington DC in International Relations and Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Before joining the Centre, Julia spent three years working with a social enterprise dedicated to bringing volunteers and Spanish learners to Latin America. Together with her brothers, she co-founded Lafaza, a sustainable vanilla importing venture, and spent the first half of her career with Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA working on development and environmental certification programs through Latin America. Julia is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica for eight years, as well as spending significant time in Mexico and Brazil.