Mary Watson is Executive Dean of the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, a progressive university in New York City. Watson is also co-president of the Critical Edge Alliance, a global network of progressive universities that includes PUC-Rio and The New School, among others. Dean Watson’s professional life has been devoted to improving higher education outcomes for all students, particularly those from historically underserved communities. Watson is a vocal supporter of platform cooperatives as an evolving social vision for a more democratic Internet and the future of work. While many management schools focus solely on traditional business models, Watson challenges them to embrace this emerging field of cooperative practice and research. According to Watson, students must learn about the benefits of cooperative ownership and how it can help businesses succeed in the digital economy. Mary Watson will be joined by Professor Daniela Trejos Vargas, Central Coordinator of Graduation at PUC-Rio. As a private, non-profit, Jesuit university, PUC-Rio has a strong commitment to social engagement and was among the first universities in Brazil to offer and promote entrepreneurship courses and programs for both its students and as part of community outreach initiatives.
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