This course describes the role of technology in helping to explain generational changes with philanthropic activities, including the intergenerational evolution of philanthropy, social media enabled engagement, and “Next-Gen” stability and transformation of existing philanthropic practices. The course emphasizes technology and data analytics by describing new trends in society and in research practices, and it responds to these trends by considering ways younger generations are replicating or changing existing philanthropic and knowledge practices.
The rise of big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics have affected many aspects of society. With the rise of data analytics, there is a push to make decisions based on the insights from these digital datasets rather than relying solely on experience or intuition. Thus, students need to build skills in interpreting data for organizational decisions, and a subset also can also produce and analyze data.