The Meaning of Ubuntu

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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?

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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

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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

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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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