The Meaning of Ubuntu


By Shan­non Clark  “I am what I am because of what we all are.” To me, this phrase speaks to a lot of aspects of my time in South Africa this past sum­mer. The phrase describes Ubuntu, a South African phi­los­o­phy refer­ring to the con­nec­tion between all peo­ple. This past sum­mer, I spent a month in Cape Town, …
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Veronika Scott and The Empowerment Plan for Detroit

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By Pro­fes­sor Den­nis R. Shaughnessy  As a grad­u­ate of The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, I make it a point to read as much as I can about what’s hap­pen­ing these days in Detroit. The news has been any­thing but good lately; a painful bank­ruptcy fil­ing, a mid­dle class exo­dus con­tin­u­ing to shrink the city’s pop­u­la­tion, aban­doned build­ings …
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“Bill Gates 2.0”, an Example of Social Entrepreneurship?


By Dr. Sophie Bacq Last spring, we had the oppor­tu­nity to dis­cuss the role of “reverse inno­va­tion”. This con­cept, coined by Dr. Vijay Govin­dara­jan, refers to ultra low-cost, high qual­ity and uni­ver­sal access inno­va­tion that addresses the most per­sis­tent prob­lems of deprived pop­u­la­tions in urban and rural areas of the devel­op­ing world, and is then brought …
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Innovating Agribusiness for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya


By Olivia Allen Mike Behan, a 2013 grad­u­ate of the D’Amore McKim School of Busi­ness  is cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in a  fel­low­ship with Root Cap­i­tal  to work with small­holder farm­ers in Kenya.  Root Cap­i­tal is a non­profit invest­ing firm that pro­vides financ­ing to small and medium enter­prises (SMEs). Since its incep­tion, it has dis­bursed over $500 mil­lion to 759,000 …
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Sixty Three Days, Four Thousand Miles, One Goal: The Ride Against AIDS


By Rachel Sha­heen On June 21, Kate Pipa began the ardu­ous jour­ney of bik­ing 4,000 miles from San Fran­cisco to Boston to raise money and aware­ness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Over 63 days, Pipa and six oth­ers from through­out the coun­try coura­geously ped­dled both their feet and their knowl­edge of HIV/AIDS epi­demic that still largely neglected by many …
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How to Build Financially Sustainable Social Enterprises

Tra­di­tional busi­nesses find a path to finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing their rev­enue, improv­ing their gross and oper­at­ing mar­gins, increas­ing their free cash flow, effi­ciently man­ag­ing both cap­i­tal expen­di­tures and work­ing cap­i­tal, and build­ing their asset base. Achiev­ing these finan­cial per­for­mance indi­ca­tors typ­i­cally result in easy access to financ­ing and higher stock prices.

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