2021 SMU Giving Day: The Power of One Person’s Vision

Mohammed Njie envisions a future in which all of Africa has access to reliable, affordable, clean energy in his lifetime. Since his first day at the Hunt Institute, he has been working to make this vision a reality, starting with his home country of The Gambia. Mohammed developed a plan with the help of the [...]

2021-06-17T16:51:25+00:00 April 14th, 2021|

Illuminating Tintinto | Hunt Institute’s Project for SMU Giving Day 2021

Today is SMU Giving Day – the one day of the year for all Mustangs to come together in support of the SMU causes and students we care about most. Giving day is not about how much we each give, it’s about the impact we can make as a collective. The more Mustangs who give, [...]

2021-07-19T20:07:24+00:00 April 13th, 2021|

Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions Design Competition

Land for the Rulegura Center Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions (K.I.S.S.), in partnership with SMU’s MASD Program, the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity and three universities in Tanzania, has officially launched an architectural design competition for the building of the Rulegura Center. The primary purpose of the Rulegura Center, which will be located [...]

2021-02-05T16:17:10+00:00 February 5th, 2021|

2021 Social Enterprise Cohort

Since the launch of the Social Enterprise Program in 2019, we had the opportunity to work with some amazing social entrepreneurs whose work is improving lives and livelihoods locally and around the world.  This year’s cohort is no different.  What is new, however, is that this cohort is dedicated to "social intrapreneurship". This is a [...]

2021-01-11T14:55:41+00:00 January 6th, 2021|

2020 Social Enterprise Cohort

Our 2020 Cohort took a journey none of us could have planned or expected. We celebrated as both Dr. Lynch and Jin-Ya advanced in their work, we moved forward as Mohammed Nijie's work branched out into a new phase, and we expanded to add a new Social Entrepreneur, Clara Rulegura Ford. This cohort focused on [...]

2021-01-07T21:02:38+00:00 December 15th, 2020|

Celebrating the 2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award Recipient, Dr. Candice Bledsoe

  The Hunt Institute proudly recognizes the accomplishment of Candice L. Bledsoe, PhD. as the recipient of the 2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award, in the category of Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. This prestigious award reflects the bold, transformative work Bledsoe has done to advance the United Nations goals for sustainable development, shifting [...]

2020-10-13T17:32:36+00:00 October 12th, 2020|

Meet Clara Rulegura Ford, Founder of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions

Clara Rulegura Ford This week, the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program shines the spotlight on our newest social entrepreneur, Clara Rulegura Ford. Ford is the Founder and CEO of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions (K.I.S.S.) and a Class of 2020 commitment maker with the Clinton Global Initiatives University (CGIU). Ford was born and raised [...]

2020-09-18T20:49:25+00:00 September 16th, 2020|

Sustainable Food Systems

Figure 1: From eatforum.org The Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program is a social enterprise incubator focused on developing and improving food systems in Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and across the globe. According to Harvard School of Public Health, food system is defined as “all the elements and activities that relate to production, processing, distribution, [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:38+00:00 July 20th, 2020|

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

In his article “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship”, Greg Dees, co-founder of Duke Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), defines social entrepreneurs as “change agents in the social sector”. Furthermore, he outlines 5 characteristics that social entrepreneurs exhibit: "Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value),  Recognizing [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:44+00:00 July 15th, 2020|

Meet Owen Lynch, Co-Founder of Restorative Farms

Dallas has one of the largest food deserts in the country and is also one of the most-at-risk cities for food supply disruption. This makes Dallas the perfect location to launch a coalition like Restorative Farms which was co-founded by Dr. Owen Lynch, a Hunt Institute Senior Fellow and SMU professor. Restorative Farms was started [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:51+00:00 July 7th, 2020|