Tim Wiens




United States




Jan 2017 - Sep 2018

By Tim Wiens

Entrepreneurial project – learning to think outside of myself

This month’s module had us thinking strategically with Dr. Thomas Powell and considering economic issues on a macro level with Dr. Ken Okamura. Each class held my personal interest for very different reasons, but Module 5’s real value for me rested and will continue to be dominated by our Entrepreneurial Project and the life-lessons I am learning as I think outside of myself.

The EP is something that stands out at Saïd Business School, as we are expected to think deeply about entrepreneurship and to develop a plan that has the potential to become a viable, working business. The EP group I have been fortunate enough to engage with believes we have a strong platform on which to build and we are eager to move forward with our plans.

One of the main reasons I wanted to attend Oxford Saïd was for the focus that is placed on changing the world and social entrepreneurship. I believe Dean Tufano describes this as “solving world scale problems”. I have loved this frame of mind since I first investigated Saïd and today it resonates even more loudly, as we see the world being turned upside down through divisive politics, war, terrorism, and issues such as global poverty.

My cohort of 68 is filled with people I can honestly see solving such issues. Just last week, one of our classmates was selected as a candidate for Woman of the Year in the United Arab Emirates. Four of our peers are doctors who work to solve large-scale issues within the medical field. Several others have dedicated much of the past several years to traveling abroad and meeting the needs of orphans, the poor, and children who cannot help themselves as they are living in war-ravaged regions. These dedicated women and men are my inspiration each time I leave Oxford and head back to my world.

So today, I sit at my desk in suburban Philadelphia and ask myself what I took away from my last trip to Oxford? Today, and hopefully every day, I realize that I, too, am called upon to make a difference in my own world, in my own way. I believe Oxford expects this of each one of us. If we are to honor the trust placed within each of us as those so privileged to matriculate at Oxford, we must also do our share to pay back this amazing privilege by engaging in solving world-scale problems and the smaller, but equally important issues that arise within our own communities.

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