A Letter from our Santa Clara University Jesuit in Residence

During my time living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Lakota people often spoke hopefully about Black Elk, the Lakota holy man, and his prediction from long ago that his people would find new hope in the seventh generation. Many Lakota believe we are now in that time. 

As we move into the fall season and the month of November, we pause together to give thanks for this generation's new found hope and blessings, no matter how large or small—the beauty of the earth, the kinship of friends, the love of family. We stop, pause, and arrive at the virtue of gratitude.

Here at the Center, we are especially grateful for this generation of extraordinary, relentless individuals we call social entrepreneurs. Through their dedication, they provide the channels--in solidarity with many of the world’s impoverished--to obtain clean water, bountiful and healthy food, and livelihoods. We are grateful for the many lessons and stories our social entrepreneurs have bestowed upon us, specifically how to make this world a better and more sustainable home for all.

May we give thanks for their example and take hope in our future.

“I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of humankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” --Lakota Blessing.

Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ
Jesuit in Residence |

Hear what social entrepreneurs say about GSBI.

Top 5 Lessons for Any Social Entrepreneur

During the last 12 years of working with over 280 social entrepreneurs we have learned there are certain elements that every social entrepreneur needs to keep in mind in order to build a scalable and sustainable business. Read More

It's Gone Viral! 

“It’s gone viral!”  The force of bottom-up social entrepreneurs—is stronger and more unified than ever. Our Center's founder reflects the growth of social enterprises like Kiva, the rise of the social enterprise movement, and the transformation of GSBI® from program to global platform. Read More

Livelihoods in BRIC & US

The eBay Foundation and GSBI partnered to bring Silicon Valley business skills to entrepreneurs around the world. Through a custom online capacity-building program, the GSBI will empower social enterprises that aim to develop livelihoods in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the United States. Read More

Women and Social Entrepreneurship

The World Food Program has found that when girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90% of it in their families. They buy books, medicine, and bed nets. For men, that figure is typically 30% to 40%. The Center recently hosted a panel discussing women and social entrepreneurship. Read More

How to be Happier at Work

This past summer, two Global Social Benefit Fellows, Matt Stockamp and Holly McKenna, engaged in action research at GSBI alumnus Good World Solutions in India. A recent Huffington Post article "How to Be Happier at Work", authored by Heather Franzese, CEO of Good World Solution, features Holly's photos. Read more

Thank You to ANDE! 

We are honored that GSBI, in partnership with NESsT, is among the 2014 winners of a grant from the Capacity Development Fund.  ANDE, with the support of the Lemelson Foundation, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women awarded four grants totaling $200,000. We tip our hat to our fellow winners:, Intellecap, and the African Management Initiative. ​For more details on the winning proposals, Read More

Testarossa's Generosity

GSBI was named by Testarossa Winery as its charity beneficiary for the first annual Wine & Food event. On September 28th, Testarossa hosted 1400 attendees, served exquisite wine and gourmet food, and organized a silent auction. Rob and Diana Jensen, Testarossa Winery proprietors and SCU alumni, share the convictions behind their generous donations. Read More

Action Research Abroad!

Through our Global Social Benefit Fellowship, we provide SCU undergraduates the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with GSBI alumni social enterprises around the world. Read the reflections of a couple of the students who had the opportunity to work with some of the enterprises. In November, the students will host roundtable discussions. Please join us! Read More

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Upcoming Events: 

11/6 Sankara's Story: Eliminating Curable Blindness in India, Panel Discussion

11/10 Student Roundtable Discussion: Global Women Entrepreneurs #flawless

11/12 Student Roundtable Discussion: What Went Wrong With The Millennium Development Goals?

11/17 Student Roundtable Discussion: Cultural Understanding as a Path to Development

12/10  Join Us For Our Holiday Party!

4/30/15  Save the Date for Magis 2015

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In the News: 

  • Tech Museum: Four GSBI alumni were among the 25 Tech Awards finalists. Of the finalists, Operation ASHA is among the ten laureates who will come to San Jose in November for the Tech Awards Ceremony. Congratulations!
  • Cheers to VisionSpring, a GSBI trained social enterprise, that received joint investment from USAID, The Skoll Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada. Now, Vision Spring will scale up their innovative business model for providing affordable and appropriate eyeglasses and vision care to people living at the base of the economic pyramid. Read More
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