Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Dr. Farmer’s Diagnosis: This Time, an Infection We Don’t Want a Vaccine to Treat

by Dennis R. Shaughnessy My students often ask me for a specific and exact definition of a social entrepreneur.  Just one definition, that’s clear and concise and definitive.  It’s not so easy to answer that question, given the many definitions offered by a diverse group of people.  It’s surely an interdisciplinary question, one that involves not […]

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Poverty, Wide and Deep 

Moses and Jeanette are working with TSiBA’s Monwabisi Nkepu and Thembisa Qhawula and Northeastern’s Andrea Garcia and Leah Bury in hopes that fresh eyes might be able to ferret out hidden costs, discover new market opportunities, and bring a fresh strategic perspective to Nfayo Products.

Husband-and-wife team Moses and Jeanette Tinfayo own and operate Nfayo Products, a retail business whose flagship product is the Wonder Bag. At home, Jeanette sews the Wonder Bag, an insulated cloth sack that can turn half-cooked meat and vegetables into a fully cooked meal, no extra energy needed. Moses and Jeanette both work on the ground […]

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Thank Goodness for Tim Cook:  Apple’s Chance for Real Greatness


Steve Jobs was an undeniable giant of industry, and a legendary figure in the tech sector. Many business analysts consider him the greatest CEO of his era, perhaps alongside Bill Gates. He built, rebuilt and led Apple in becoming the most valuable company on earth. His genius for design, innovation and management were extraordinary. He left the world far too young, having passed away in 2011 at the age of 56. Steve Jobs died one of the richest people on earth, with an estimated net worth of $10.2 billion.

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Learning From Failure: Tales from a Failed Aquaculture Enterprise in Senegal

Sara Minard

by Sara Minard, PhD. Starting a social enterprise in a low-income country is not hard. There are enough social problems out there to test potential solutions, definitely enough donors who are looking for projects to call their own, and many willing souls interested in serving the poor. The act of beginning a social enterprise, like many entrepreneurial […]

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Join us! Spring Break 2015 in the Dominican Republic

NU student Eesha Ramanujam at Project Esperanza, Dominican Republic in 2014.

Are you looking to have more impact during spring break? Join us in the Dominican Republic as we partner with Project Esperanza to live and serve a Haitian Community in Puerto Plata. Our program will focus in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. Our projects will include, but are not limited to: Educational activities (ex: Solar […]

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Alumni Interview with Olivia Allen, Teach for America

Olivia Allen_TFA

I feel very fortunate to have gotten involved with SEI after my freshman year through the field study to the Dominican Republic in 2011, followed by my enrolment in ENTR 2206: Social Entrepreneurship, the South Africa Field Study Program, and ENTR 3301: Impact Investing.

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