"I Graduated. Now What."


By Esther Chou In a recent blog featured in the Washington Post, author Dylan Matthews writes of successful do-gooders at high paying Wall Street jobs who have opted to cash in for good instead of pursuing careers for good through what he calls “earning-to-give”. Matthews highlights MIT grad Jason Trigg who spends his days writing code […]

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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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