Social Enterprise

Is it Time to Reimagine Capitalism?

Back in 2012, Mindy Lubber, CEO and president of Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization, wrote an article in Forbes titled, “Ending Quarterly Capitalism”. Quarterly capitalism is a form of capitalism that focuses on short-term performance and delivering value for shareholders. In the article, Lubber shares that since CEO’s are incentivized based on quarterly or annual [...]

2020-09-23T13:03:37+00:00 September 23rd, 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|

A Food System in Crisis

Fighting climate change and food insecurity are two core issues addressed by Dr. Eva Csaky, Executive Director of the Hunt Institute, co-founder of the Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC), and creator of the Texas Sustainable & Inclusive Food System Coalition. These organizations are working together to address a food system that is in crisis. Social entrepreneurs [...]

2020-09-17T15:46:15+00:00 September 8th, 2020|

What does it take to become a social entrepreneur?

What does it take to become a social entrepreneur? Previous blog posts in the Hunt Institute Digest have outlined that a social entrepreneur is someone who seeks to drive positive social or environmental change in their community. Across a myriad of reputable sources, it is commonly agreed upon that social entrepreneurs identify a problem in society [...]

2020-09-17T15:46:26+00:00 September 2nd, 2020|

Spotlight on Local Dallas Entrepreneurs: Yulise Waters

Spotlight on Local Dallas Entrepreneurs: Yulise Waters, Deputy Director at Lone Star Justice Alliance This week, the Hunt Institute would like to spotlight another member of the Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC) Leadership Council and Hunt Institute Fellow, Yulise Reaves Waters. Ms. Waters is the Deputy Director at Lone Star Justice Alliance (LSJA), a nonprofit legal organization [...]

2020-09-17T15:46:38+00:00 August 24th, 2020|

Youth Up Next!

Over the coming weeks, the Hunt Institute Digest will feature various members of the Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC) Leadership Council, and the important work they are doing in the Dallas community. This week, we feature Candice Bledsoe, PhD., Executive Director of Action Research Center & Founder of the Collective. This Global Development Lab project focused more [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:06+00:00 August 18th, 2020|

The Importance of Social Enterprises

If social enterprises are on the rise, should corporations address societal issues? A year ago, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from major American companies, issued a statement redefining the purpose of a corporation as serving all stakeholders and no longer just delivering value to shareholders. Harvard Business Review argued that one reason for [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:13+00:00 August 10th, 2020|

Common Challenges Faced by Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are key to directly addressing social needs in under-resourced communities. But early-stage social enterprises face momentous obstacles. The single largest obstacle is, of course, access to funding. As the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors points out, “For philanthropists accustomed to more traditional grantees, funding social enterprises can feel like entering uncharted territory. Donors might find [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:21+00:00 August 3rd, 2020|

Social Entrepreneurs: Stories of Resilience

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES INNOVATING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19: It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted businesses and social entrepreneurs around the world. We have collected three stories of resilience about innovative social enterprises that have successfully adapted their business models during this time of crisis. The worst of times can bring out [...]

2020-09-17T15:47:28+00:00 July 28th, 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|