OPEN focuses its support for business schools on two specific segments of the sector – pioneers and new entrants:
- OPEN Pioneer Schools – a CoLab-based program to support business schools that are at the frontier of innovation in sustainable business education programs. OPEN provides expert independent facilitation to this group to collaboratively prototype, test and validate innovative new pedagogies and programs that address unmet learning needs of change agents for sustainability and, by doing so, push the envelope of sustainable business education. We work with the combined alumni network of these schools as well as a network of change agent communities-of-practice to a) research unmet learning needs and b) recruit innovation cohorts to participate in the experimental programs.
- One Planet Business Schools – this program is aimed at young schools (typically less than 5 years old) that have sustainability ‘baked into their DNA’ and that need tailored support in executing on their ambition to offer sustainable business education. We offer access to expert faculty, coaching, support with curriculum design and external branding & recognition.
OPEN is inclusive and is not interested in working with schools based solely on academic prestige in the traditional sense (rankings, accreditations etc). We believe that a sustainable business education should (and needs to be) accessible, affordable and relevant to all.
Whilst at different points in their journey, both Pioneer Schools and One Planet Business Schools share a deep commitment and ambition for sustainable business education, they are progressive and innovative in their approach and international in their outlook. Whilst working as separate groups, we also aim to foster linkages between them as we believe both pioneering schools and new entrants have much to learn from each other in advancing sustainable business education, whilst finding new ways to make it more accessible, affordable and relevant to all.
How can your school get involved?
At present, membership of the OPEN Pioneer Schools program is by invitation only, based on your school’s reputation and standing in the business school sector for being a recognised pioneer of sustainable business education.
To join the One Planet Business School program, a school must commit to aligning itself and at least one of its Masters programmes to our One Planet Business Education Framework, submitting the latter to peer review by a mixed panel of OPEN Fellows – academics, NGO experts and business practitioners – to ensure a robust, authentic and innovative approach is being taken.
For a confidential, no-obligation discussion about becoming a One Planet Business School, please contact our CEO Tony Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.