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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume II by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 36

Wholly Frijoles*

Linda M. Krzykowski

University at Albany, State University of New York

Wholly Frijoles is a class exercise designed to engage students in an interactive way to explore the Tragedy of the Commons. There are numerous ways to use this as an in-class exercise around sustainability issues and for discussions of the long-term effects of competition (versus cooperation) for natural resources and social values. It can also be used to exemplify long-term versus short-term thinking, tactical and reactionary action versus strategic planning for social venture creation.

A large tub filled with a variety of different (dried) beans and rice is used. The beans represent the scarce natural resources needed to manufacture products ...

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