Graham Sustainability Institute

Michael Gordon

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Arthur F Thurnau Professor
  • Business (Ross)
  • Environment and Sustainability

Michael Gordon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurship  and former associate dean at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he teaches students how to change the world.  (At least, he tries.)

He has had broad experience helping organizations around the world use their talents to address societal problems, and do so sustainably, and has also helped students and others launch social enterprises. He has partnered with many prominent scholars who work at the intersection of business and societal problems.

He is author of the books Design Your Life, Change the World: Your Path as a Social Entrepreneur and Inclusivity: Will America Find its Soul Again? and is working on a new book, What I Wish I Knew Then: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur. He is actively exploring how social entrepreneurship can create more inclusive environments in the United States, especially Detroit.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

No PovertyQuality EducationDecent Work and Economic GrowthSustainable Cities and Communities

Current sustainability courses taught