Our World Revolves Around Social Entrepreneurs
Miller Center Thought Leadership
Action Research for Social Entrepreneurship Education
Action research can foster greater collaboration between higher education and the social entrepreneurship movement to advance a more just and sustainable world. It marshals key resources of universities – critical thinking and expert knowledge – and applies these to the practical needs of social enterprises and the economically excluded communities they serve.
As the average global temperature increases, the consequences of climate change are having the largest impact on the world’s poor. One promising response to the effects of climate change is to empower these populations to develop climate resilience through social entrepreneurship.
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship believes that solving the problem of energy access starts with reframing the problem. When it 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
A pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, GSBI has continuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons the GSBI has learned from working with over 500 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces the GSBI and explains our methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty.
This tool has 4 intended uses:
- Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs
- Mentoring of social enterprises
- Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time
- Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs
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.
Santa Clara University Resources
The Frugal Innovation Hub develops accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets. Frugal Innovation Hub provides student and faculty resources to work with GSBI social entrepreneurs on design and engineering challenges.
Entrepreneur’s Law Clinic
The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic (ELC) at Santa Clara University services the active local startup community by delivering quality legal services to entrepreneurs through the use of second-and third- year law students. The ELC serves the dual purpose of giving law students the exposure to real-life issues that confront Silicon Valley companies, and providing startups with high-quality, affordable legal help.