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.
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How do we define replication at Miller Center? An analogy for social enterprise replication is to imagine a rock thrown into a pond. Where the rock hits the water is the splash of a pioneering social enterprise technology or business model tackling a social problem. The growth of the original social enterprise or the adoption of the enterprise model are the ripples in the water. Replication, to us, supports the ripple-effect by making these innovations diffuse further and more quickly. This is where we see huge development opportunities for the social impact sector.
Yes, poverty eradication. That last point might seem off the table, but for social enterprises like Agro-Preneur Initiative, Farming Hope, Folia Water, and Vega Coffee, poverty, agriculture and water are more closely connected than one might first think.
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