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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS -The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a $150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ’60. The gift is among the largest ever to Stanford University. The Institute’s aim is to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable [...]

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Stanford economist Eric Hanushek has said that if U.S. schools could become as good as those in Finland, our gross domestic product would increase six-fold. Education, however, is not often at the top of the list of MBAs’ career choices, a point one of the nation’s top educators made recently in a Stanford Graduate School [...]

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Young Firm Saves Babies’ Lives

STANFORD GRADUATES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Twenty million low-birth weight babies are born each year and four million of them die within their first month of life. But Stanford Graduate School of Business alum Jane Chen, MBA ’08, is seeking to change that statistic one baby step at a time. Chen is cofounder and CEO [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Costa Rica is striving to be a mecca for ecotourism as well as high-technology business, the nation’s president, Laura Chinchilla, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. While best known for its commitment to environmental protection, Chinchilla said Costa Rica is now home to manufacturing or research facilities [...]

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It’s Not About Tea

From the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog By Kevin Starr I’ve spent a lot of time in Afghanistan and the mountains of northern Pakistan, so family and friends have been asking me what I think of the Three Cups of Tea dust-up. As it happens, I went to see Greg Mortenson’s work in 2000. I [...]

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Using local contractors, EcoSystems, a company founded by Haydi and David Sowerwine, MBA ’72, has built more than 30 pulley-operated cable bridges spanning river canyons in rural Nepal. A video narrated by David follows the building of one, the Sakaura WireBridge, which carries hundreds of children across the Netrawati River to school. EcoSystems estimates that [...]

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BY KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN To interview farmers in Nepal, Cecilia Mo traveled along roads carved into the sides of mountains and often walked for hours to get from one terraced field to another. Hoping to uncover the factors that make children in some villages more vulnerable to human trafficking than children in neighboring villages, Mo, [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —It’s rare for an organization to be around 100 years or more. Some research says there’s a 1 in 10,000 chance. A handful of the United States’ well-known nonprofits have bucked the trend, however, and their CEOs shared lessons learned with an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Here are some of the books and software business school faculty used in Autumn 2010 courses and also a brief explanation of why you might enjoy these materials. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Dayby Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Five years ago, public toilets in Naitobi, Kenya, were neither sanitary nor safe. “These toilets were places where gangs congregated,” said Amon Anderson, a portfolio associate in the Acumen Fund’s Nairobi office. “Beyond that, they were not the sort of place anybody would want to [...]

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