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  • Darrell's Opening Essay

    Darrell’s Opening Essay

    We offer today a special issue of the eJournal that is intended to tap into the multidisciplinary energy and vision of this publication, by focusing on a topic that has the potential to be a “game changer” in higher education: the social entrepreneurship movement. In his recent book, Social Entrepreneurship: A Grassroots Revolution, Keith Campbell argues that the movement is, in some ways, largely uncomplicated. “It involves people who care about some category of people, stepping forward to make a difference. That’s the revolution.” Without doubt, this simple definition envelopes almost all social entrepreneurs, certainly as they understand themselves. Yet this issue aims to provide examples of the ideal – caring for others, turning a profit, making a difference – in order to illuminate the complexities of motivations, engagement, and the contested landscape of definition.
  • Why We Must All Teach Social Entrepreneurship

    Why We Must All Teach Social Entrepreneurship

    An unexpected outcome of researching Social Entrepreneurship is the realization that many of us have been turning our class discussions and assignments to this vital subject matter ... If we're listening. The landscape of higher education is shifting as economic tides and redefined student populations prompt us to re-evaluate the worth of an “added” education. A concern is that personal enlightenment may drop in its ranking as a reason to pursue further learning as tightening constraints in daily life eliminate leisure learning -- remember that term? Time must be validated. Effort must be focused. Monies and households must be better calibrated.
  • Community-Engaged Impact Entrepreneurship: Organizing Reciprocal Partnerships for a more Democratic Economy

    Community-Engaged Impact Entrepreneurship: Organizing Reciprocal Partnerships for a more Democratic Economy

    This article explores the intersection of theoretical understandings and practical expressions of reciprocity. Using a campus/community partnership focused on developing an impact entrepreneurship, this article considers the evolving process associated with cultivating different orientations to reciprocal partnerships, with voices from the student, community partner, and faculty perspectives.
  • Warm Heart Video

    Warm Heart Video

    At 55, nearing the end of an academic sabbatical, Michael Shafer decided that the microenterprise work he had started in Thailand had become more like a life's calling. He resigned from Rutgers University and started the Warm Heart project with his wife Evelind Schecter. The Warm Heart organization was established by Michael and Evelind in rural Thailand. In this informative interview Michael shares his experience and understanding about the impact of social entrepreneurship. Interview responses by: Ken Gilmore, “What motivates a scholar to become a social entrepreneur?” (page 2); Cecilia Orphan, “Is social entrepreneurship an effective way to alleviate poverty?” (page 3); and Anne Bannister, A photo essay providing insight into an undergraduate intern’s experience working in the Warm Heart project (page 4)
  • Book Review: Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop per Child

    Book Review: Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop per Child

    Walter Bender, Charles Kane, Jody Cornish, Neal Donahue 2012. LEARNING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD, New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Feature Videos on Social Entrepreneurship in Springfield, Missouri

    Feature Videos on Social Entrepreneurship in Springfield, Missouri

    This article feature three videos about social entrepreneurship in Springfield, Missouri. The three videos are: 5 Pound Apparel—A Story of Social Entrepreneurship, Shawn Askinosie: A Life Behind Bars, and SUAC: The Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition.