Social impact

Meet Clara Rulegura Ford, Founder of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions

This week, the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program would like to spotlight our newest social entrepreneur, Clara Rulegura Ford. Ms. 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). Clara was born and raised in Tanzania, but has [...]

2020-09-16T19:22:17+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|

Why We Do What We Do: Part 1

Sitting in her office on another Zoom call, the Assistant Director, Corrie Harris, works to motivate team members given the current state of affairs: an ever-changing landscape that greatly affects their ability to collaborate with in-country partners and affiliates. A series of delays, losses, and obstacles have flown in their path, yet they continue to [...]

2020-09-07T20:58:48+00:00 September 7th, 2020|

Beta COVID-19 Relief Map

In Spring of this year, the Hunt Institute’s Map 4 Good project evolved into Map InDallas, an organizational expansion that included the addition of a stakeholder Advisory Committee led by Dr. Eva Csaky and implemented with the guidance of Dr. James Olivier. Weeks later, the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic shifted the focus to how best to [...]

2020-09-08T22:16:37+00:00 August 31st, 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|

Where Engineering and Chemistry Intersect for Global Impact

L to R: Dr. Paul Krueger, Dr. David Son, Katie Nguyen, Corrie Harris, Anderson Wey, Sydney Lobato, and Jamie Hall During these uncertain times, the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity’s Global Development Lab has been hard at work this summer. Fellows, faculty, and industry professionals collaborate to create meaningful solutions to promote [...]

2020-08-21T16:55:13+00:00 August 3rd, 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|

Filling the Gap for Seismic Protection

Image from Volcano Discovery Peru is located in a seismic zone where the South American Plate moves toward the sea over the Nazca Plate causing earthquakes as a result of the thrust faulting on the interface of the two plates. The lack of expensive safe and equitable urban development creates a disparity with [...]

2020-07-21T18:42:38+00:00 July 21st, 2020|