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Thokozile Mcopele: TSiBA Graduate Awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

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Students Commit at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

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On April 5th, 13 stu­dents from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute trav­eled to St. Louis, Mis­souri to take part in the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity con­fer­ence (CGIU). Over the week­end, they pre­sented projects, inter­acted with stu­dents from around the coun­try and world, and lis­tened to lead­ers in the field such as Muham­mad Yunus and Bill Clin­ton. Just …
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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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Social entrepreneurship vs. traditional entrepreneurship

In our lat­est research that appeared in the Jour­nal of Social Entre­pre­neur­ship, Chan­tal Har­tog (Panteia/EIM Busi­ness and Pol­icy Research, The Nether­lands), Brigitte Hoogen­doorn (Eras­mus Uni­ver­sity, The Nether­lands) and myself explored the dif­fer­ences between social and com­mer­cial entre­pre­neur­ship from an orga­ni­za­tional per­spec­tive. Indeed, the con­cur­rent social and finan­cial value cre­ation is likely to result from inno­v­a­tive busi­ness mod­els and sus­tain­abil­ity strate­gies that might dif­fer from com­mer­cial ones. How­ever, empir­i­cal stud­ies to date have tended to focus on a given set of (usu­ally suc­cess­ful) social entre­pre­neurs and omit con­trol groups. Indeed, despite grow­ing atten­tion and recog­ni­tion of the social entre­pre­neur­ship phe­nom­e­non, the related research field is still in its infancy, char­ac­ter­ized by a mod­est base for the­ory build­ing and test­ing pur­poses and a lim­ited num­ber of empir­i­cal stud­ies, mostly designed as case studies.

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Reverse Innovation & Social Entrepreneurs

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Reverse inno­va­tion is char­ac­ter­ized by ultra low-cost, high qual­ity and uni­ver­sal access to address the needs of deprived pop­u­la­tion in urban and rural areas of the devel­op­ing world. Such inno­va­tion is “reverse” when it is brought “back” to devel­oped coun­tries such as the US. The con­cept of reverse inno­va­tion poten­tially applies to all indus­tries, from telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­porta­tion, through edu­ca­tion, to health care.

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Doing Something That Changes Lives Every Morning, One Cup at a Time….

SEI students visiting fair trade cooperatives in coffee country, Nicaragua

If you are one of the mil­lions of peo­ple who drink cof­fee every morn­ing, con­sider drink­ing Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, or using one of their Keurig machines. Here’s one rea­son why.

I was walk­ing up a steep hill in 100 degree heat in North­ern Nicaragua ear­lier this month, with 25 of our social enter­prise stu­dents, as part of our senior cap­stone class. We were in the sec­ond poor­est coun­try in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, and in one of its poor­est regions, when we came upon a sign say­ing that Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, through its cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, had sup­ported a poor small­holder farmer coop­er­a­tive with com­mu­nity investments.

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