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Panera Cares Cafés: Inviting Dr. V for Lunch!

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Along comes Ron Shaich, founder and co-CEO of Pan­era Bread, and most recently the cre­ator of Pan­era Cares cafés. Pan­era Bread is among the most valu­able pub­licly traded restau­rant com­pa­nies, with more than 1,600 restau­rants and a mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion of more than $5 bil­lion. Pan­era Cares looks and feels a lot like Dr. V’s Indian eye care hos­pi­tals, adding an inno­v­a­tive new twist to the idea of cor­po­rate social responsibility.

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What Motivates the Best Social Entrepreneurs?

Let’s con­sider the ques­tion of what is the right or best kind of moti­va­tion for the rapidly grow­ing class of social entre­pre­neurs. It’s a hot area, with a lot of new entrants, and not much in the way of rules and guidelines.

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In the Field Update from Kenya

The past two months have flown by here. I orig­i­nally planned to come here to inde­pen­dently research Kenya’s micro­fi­nance landscape—seeking to under­stand how Kenyans, both in rural areas and in the slums of Nairobi, use rotat­ing sav­ings and cred­its asso­ci­a­tions (ROSCAs) and accu­mu­lat­ing sav­ings and credit asso­ci­a­tions (ASCAs) to man­age their finances— rather than the MFIs in the coun­try. But then while co-oping in China and think­ing about my expe­ri­ences at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, I decided I wanted to learn more about approaches to income devel­op­ment beyond increas­ing access to finan­cial resources.

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TSiBA Education: More than a Co-op

This past spring semes­ter, I had the great for­tune to be on co-op in Cape Town, South Africa work­ing for TSiBA Edu­ca­tion at the Igni­tion Cen­tre. TSiBA Edu­ca­tion is a tuition-free higher edu­ca­tion provider that focuses on build­ing future busi­ness lead­ers from South Africa’s pool of tal­ented but poor and dis­ad­van­taged young people.

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A Growing NU Curriculum to Meet Global Needs for Social Entrepreneurs

As the impact of social enter­prise grows around the world, we in turn are grow­ing our capac­ity to meet the mar­ket need for a new gen­er­a­tion of highly moti­vated and well trained social entrepreneurs.

Con­sis­tent with the unique mis­sion and approach of North­east­ern, our social enter­prise cur­ricu­lum is student-centered, prac­tice ori­ented, and global. Our focus is on design, devel­op­ment and finance for enter­prises work­ing in poverty reduc­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment in low income coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties. We teach stu­dents how busi­ness and busi­ness prin­ci­ples can be a force for global good, espe­cially when inspired and informed young peo­ple lead the way toward pos­i­tive change, mean­ing­ful impact and broadly shared value.

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What It's Really Like to Work for a Social Enterprise Abroad

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Through my work with Heart Cap­i­tal, I have been able to get into a Skype call with one of the cre­ators of the Acu­men Fund’s report­ing tool, PULSE, and into the office of J-PAL Africa at the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town. For stu­dents of social entre­pre­neur­ship or really any­body look­ing for an inter­est­ing and engag­ing co-op posi­tion, I highly rec­om­mend the one I cur­rently have.

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