Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Social Enterprise Institute Heads to Clinton Global Initiative University

President Bill Clinton & Jon Stewart at CGIU 2012

Launched by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in 2007, the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity (CGI U) aims to engage the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers on col­lege cam­puses around the world. CGIU con­venes annu­ally with over 1200 stu­dents, in part­ner­ship with youth orga­ni­za­tions, topic experts, and celebri­ties to dis­cuss and develop inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to press­ing global chal­lenges. CGI U’s five focus areas include: Edu­ca­tion, Envi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion, and Pub­lic Health.

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Reverse Innovation & Social Entrepreneurs

Blackman Auditorium, Reverse Innovation Lecture (c) Northeastern News

Reverse inno­va­tion is char­ac­ter­ized by ultra low-cost, high qual­ity and uni­ver­sal access to address the needs of deprived pop­u­la­tion in urban and rural areas of the devel­op­ing world. Such inno­va­tion is “reverse” when it is brought “back” to devel­oped coun­tries such as the US. The con­cept of reverse inno­va­tion poten­tially applies to all indus­tries, from telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­porta­tion, through edu­ca­tion, to health care.

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News from Cochabamba

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Nathan Cut­ler is sec­ond year stu­dent in Inter­na­tional Affairs and Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies with a minor in Latin Amer­ica Stud­ies. Cur­rently he is doing an inter­na­tional Co-op in Bolivia, Cochabamba in Fun­dación Pro Hábi­tat, an NGO which strives to improve the well­be­ing of impov­er­ished peo­ple by hous­ing, legal paper­work and legal advo­cacy. How­ever, his social work started at LIFT-Boston, a social advo­cacy orga­ni­za­tion that works to empower peo­ple lack­ing eco­nomic oppor­tu­ni­ties. Since the begin­ning Nathan was inter­ested in empow­er­ing immi­grants and less for­tune peo­ple. Although he is cur­rently in Bolivia he had some time to talk with me about his mag­nif­i­cent work in Cochabamba.

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Doing Something That Changes Lives Every Morning, One Cup at a Time….

SEI students visiting fair trade cooperatives in coffee country, Nicaragua

If you are one of the mil­lions of peo­ple who drink cof­fee every morn­ing, con­sider drink­ing Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, or using one of their Keurig machines. Here’s one rea­son why.

I was walk­ing up a steep hill in 100 degree heat in North­ern Nicaragua ear­lier this month, with 25 of our social enter­prise stu­dents, as part of our senior cap­stone class. We were in the sec­ond poor­est coun­try in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, and in one of its poor­est regions, when we came upon a sign say­ing that Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, through its cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, had sup­ported a poor small­holder farmer coop­er­a­tive with com­mu­nity investments.

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Katie Messick in La Chureca

Katie Messick

Located out­side of Nicaragua’s cap­i­tal city of Man­agua, La Chureca is a com­mu­nity of 1,200 indi­vid­u­als liv­ing in the city’s munic­i­pal dump. The com­mu­nity is severely under­served in access to pub­lic ser­vices and unable to sus­tain them­selves. Manna Project Inter­na­tional (MPI), an orga­ni­za­tion work­ing to empower com­mu­ni­ties in need through vol­un­teer sup­port and edu­ca­tional pro­grams, is …
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Business Model Design for Social Impact— How NEU Students are Bridging the ‘Valley of Death’

Dr. Gordon Adomdza

The Val­ley of Death is the chasm between a new social inno­va­tion and the mar­ket that could greatly ben­e­fit from that inno­va­tion.”   - Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Adomdza  “The Val­ley of Death is where all good prod­ucts go when you don’t have the right busi­ness model to carry them across the val­ley to suc­cess­ful launch.”  - John DiRienzo, …
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