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Pivots, Partners, and Research: Building a Successful Social Enterprise

MayanTerra just returned from 6 weeks of field work with rural farmers in Guatemala tackling food security and poverty reduction through improved farming practices, and this is a brief account highlighting our key lessons from the trip. Besides learning the importance of flexibility and determination in building a successful social enterprise, we also were able to apply several classroom lessons to the real world, including the role of pivoting our business model, pitching our venture to partners, and collecting valuable data.

Guilt vs. Empowerment: the Struggles of An American Consumer

Last week, National Geographic News published the article  “Americans Least Green—And Feel Least Guilt, Survey Suggests”, which addressed the different perceptions of “green guilt”.  As the title indicates, Americans have a larger environmental footprint, and don’t feel as guilty as other, greener cultures do.  However, the title doesn’t ca

The Business of Peace Corps Service: Why it Matters to Coffee Farmers in the Dominican Republic

This past weekend I attended the National Peace Corps Association Conference in Minneapolis, representing the College of Business.  As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself (Dominican Republic, ‘05 – ‘07), this conference made me feel like I’d come home.  I spent the whole weekend talking with fellow RPCVs about their service and why our Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise

Wiping Clean the Dust of Violence to see the Peace Within

Rye Barcott’s (2011) autobiography, It Happened on the Way to War (New York: Bloomsbury), describes his “path to peace” as he journeys from an undergraduate using the ethnic violence in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya as a senior thesis topic to his enlistment in the Marine Corps and the subsequent tours of duty in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Along that route he identifies some crucial lessons learned.

BHIP and Upgrade Your BHAG

We love Jim Collins in our college.  It’s hard to find a bookshelf that doesn’t have “Built to Last” and “Good to Great” on it.  Several of us are ardent users of Jim’s earlier book, “Beyond Entrepreneurship.” We’ve used it to work with organizations – for-profit, non-profit, and public sector – in need of a clear vision framework.  And, of course, legions of CSU business students are taught that they need a Big Hairy Audacious Goal to drive their ventures.

There are so many challenges here and that is exciting - Notes from Burundi

Brian Menelet teaches law at the University of Ngozi (UNG) Our office spaces made us neighbors although he shared his 20 foot by 20 foot space with another law professor and I shared my space with the Spanish teacher. He was born in France, completed a Ph.D. in political science, taught a year in Tahiti, and found this three-year assignment in Burundi for minimum salary and free University housing. “I live simply and it is enough.”
 

Crowdfunding 101: Capitalizing on Unaccredited Investors

Greetings from Adventure Forward!  Our “summer practicum” began well before spring semester even ended, so for the past several weeks we have been hard at work tackling start-up financing.  We partnered with the Rocky Mountain Innosphere (RMI), and have been assembling a collection of funding options available to ventures in their incubator – and have learned lots along the way.

The Student Association for Communicating Sustainable Peace and Development

We gather with Lambert to talk about the year’s efforts. Nine students are having a meeting to finalize the statutes so that they can be officially approved as a University of Ngozi (UNG) association. I ask about what they have done over the past twelve months. Elias, the Club’s President, insists that “this work is important. It’s what we learned in class with you last summer. Another says that “we have a hard period in the nation with wars and injustice. It’s been difficult for the young. We want peace and love for all. We want to prevent any violence like what we had in the past.”

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This research team creates a working group of rock climbing interest groups, CSU biologists and human dimension specialists, and CSU students to strategically collect information on bat roost locations and share bat conservation information with the climbing community. View details of their GCRT here and their blog entry here.

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