Miller Center Thought Leadership

Universal Energy Access White Paper: An Enterprise System Approach

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship believes that solving the problem of energy access starts with reframing the problem. When the problem is reframed, it becomes possible to envision and enact more viable solutions.


The GSBI Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons from 12 Years of Capacity Development with 365 Social Enterprises

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), a pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, has continuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons GSBI has learned from working with 365 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces GSBI and explains the GBSI® methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty.


Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool

This tool has 4 intended uses:

  1. Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs
  2. Mentoring of social enterprises
  3. Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time
  4. Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs

The Energy Map

Our goal is to help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions. This map contains data from social enterprises around the world.


Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Distributed Energy: Solutions Targeting Small &  Medium-sized Enterprises

In this research paper, we discuss how distributed energy is a critical driver for new business creation and the growth of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as social entrepreneurs in the developing world.

This sector is also an engine for driving adoption of distributed energy solutions. SMEs provide the majority of jobs in developing countries. Combining productive use, reducing costs, and improving financing of energy solutions for SMEs and social entrepreneurs can accelerate adoption of distributed energy that is essential for economic growth in the developing world. We propose designing energy solutions that match these enterprises’ productive use, and linking these solutions to appropriate energy financing.