Welcome to ArtsEntrepreneurshipGames.com. My name is Jim Hart and I love to developJim Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU games for the entrepreneurship classroom.

This site has served as a repository for some of the many experiential entrepreneurship exercises I have designed.  Are you interested in experiential entrepreneurship education? Check out my new book, available at Amazon.com and the publisher’s website. This book, Classroom Exercises for Entrepreneurship,  offers 65 original experiential entrepreneurship exercises with which to teach.

There are a few exercises on this blog that are freely available to read, without a password. Others can find in the book.

This book is designed as a “cookbook of sorts” for instructors. With this metaphor, the instructor/professor is a chef and they are serving “food” (exercises) to their customers (students). I urge instructors to find topics they wish to explore or teach about, to read the exercise and, if it “tastes good,” offer it to students. If one doesn’t like an exercise, there is likely another in the book more to their tastes. If they find what they are looking for, the instructor can serve it. If the exercise is something that would work well in their classroom, they should, just as is every chef has the privilege of doing when prepping a meal, modify the exercise to suit their own classroom needs and desires.

At the book’s conclusion, I offer multiple “recipes”– sequential listings of certain exercises that can be used together to teach important topics–like attracting capital, and more. Instructors can, if they wish, list a sequential series of exercises on their own syllabus (like a menu) and teach a semester’s course with multiple experiential entrepreneurship exercises.

Need learning objectives for a syllabus, they are pre-designed and freely available for an instructor to integrate into their own syllabi. For grading purposes, there are a number of rubrics, with which an instructor can evaluate students for grading purposes and the electronic version has hyperlinks that direct readers to exercises that are complementary.

In designing Classroom Exercises for Entrepreneurship: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, I have tried to make each exercise easy to grasp for an instructor and their students, for each to be unequivocally and obviously linked to the process of entrepreneurship, that all exercises offer students an in-class experience that is more than only lecturing and each exercise is designed for students to further their entrepreneurial intentions.

At the top of each first page of an exercise, I have clearly written, in quick and easy-to-read fashion, whether the exercise is a demonstration, game, simulation or simply an “exercise”. For each exercise, I offer the length of time required to complete–whether short, medium or long in length and the approximate length of times (sometimes in minute fashion), for an instructor to execute. So instructors can quickly find exercises that suit topics they are exploring in their classrooms, exercises are clearly identified by subjects that are explored. Each of the 65 exercises is accompanied by “Tips and thoughts” which are offered to help instructors gain insight into lessons I have personally learned in using these exercises in my own classrooms and responses I often give to commonly asked questions.

I hope you enjoy my new book and after you have had time to try some of the exercises in your own classroom, to hear your thoughts on the content.

Kind regards,

Jim Hart

Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts

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TEDx Talk on Teaching Arts Entrepreneurship via Games

Check out my TEDxSMU talk on teaching arts entrepreneurship through games. Jim Hart TEDx SMUSome of the games on this blog are explained (and offer fun results) and some interesting data presented. Here is a link to that TEDx Continue reading

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Book Deal with Edward Elgar Publishing!

I am so happy to share that I have signed a book deal with Edward Elgar Publishing toEE-Logo write a book on cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship games and exercises for the classroom. Thank you, each of you who have read about my games, used them in your own classrooms and helped to make these games/exercises better through sharing your experiences and thoughts with me. Your opinions and experiences are invaluable.

If you would like to know when the book comes out (it will take a bit of time, as I’m writing it now), please subscribe to this blog.

Many thanks!

Jim Hart

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USASBE Win via Games!

I was honored this January (2016) to receive the Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation award USASBEEducation Innovation award (for a series of my original games) at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference. USASBE is the largest private entrepreneurship conference in the world. The award process involved a blind peer-review process, followed by a live presentation competition with other finalists at the conference. The attendees voted on the winner.

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Persona Ideation & 3 Ideas

This game is designed to teach students how to increase the probability of success with their original concept by creating with a specific person (persona) in mind. In this game, students are divided into pairs and each student identifies themselves as either A or B. They are asked to Continue reading

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Superhero Powers

Every superhero has their superhero powers, those superb skills that are the source of their talents and abilities. Just as superheroes have their amazing skills, so too do we. Continue reading

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