Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

SEI Welcomes New Faculty Member, Dr. Sophie Bacq

Professor Bacq in India

It is with great enthu­si­asm and excite­ment that I recently joined North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity and the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Entre­pre­neur­ship and Innovation.

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What Motivates the Best Social Entrepreneurs?

Let’s con­sider the ques­tion of what is the right or best kind of moti­va­tion for the rapidly grow­ing class of social entre­pre­neurs. It’s a hot area, with a lot of new entrants, and not much in the way of rules and guidelines.

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Ellie Deshaies: Global Health Co-op with FACE AIDS

Ellie speaking with FACE AIDS chapter members. Photo Credit: Ellie Deshaies

Ellie Deshaies, a senior Inter­na­tional Affairs major at North­east­ern, com­pleted her third co-op at an orga­ni­za­tion called FACE AIDS. FACE AIDS pro­vides socioe­co­nomic sup­port for youth affected by HIV and AIDS in Rwanda.

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Samasource: Advancing the Microwork Revolution

For­mal and dig­ni­fied employ­ment eludes bil­lions of peo­ple around the world, but Sama­source, a highly inno­v­a­tive social busi­ness, acknowl­edges the inter­net as a democ­ra­tiz­ing and empow­er­ing force that can pro­vide dig­ni­fied work. Sama­source con­nects women and youth earn­ing under $3 a day to microwork: computer-driven piece­work con­ducted over the inter­net that pro­vides a fair wage and valu­able job train­ing skills to the those for­merly excluded from the for­mal sector.

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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

Photo Credit, Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University

The idea of “impact invest­ing” is gain­ing a great deal of atten­tion these days, includ­ing in under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion. While many insti­tu­tions have offered classes in strate­gic phil­an­thropy in recent years, and of course in tra­di­tional busi­ness invest­ing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on devel­op­ing edu­ca­tional pro­grams for a new third way of invest­ing. This new invest­ment dis­ci­pline involves socially minded investors pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal to both for profit and non-profit enter­prises that are com­mit­ted to effi­ciently address­ing social prob­lems in both a sus­tain­able and inno­v­a­tive way.

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Nele Groosman at the Paradigm Project

Nele Groos­man, a grad­u­ate of Inter­na­tional Affairs from North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity, started a new job posi­tion eleven months ago in Kenya as a Mar­ket Research and Impact Assess­ment Coor­di­na­tor at the Par­a­digm Project. The Par­a­digm Project is a social enter­prise whose mis­sion is to cre­ate sus­tain­able eco­nomic, social and envi­ron­men­tal value within devel­op­ing world com­mu­ni­ties. They achieve this by sell­ing fuel-efficient improved wood cook­ing stoves, which improve health, save time and money, empower women, help slow the rate of defor­esta­tion, and cre­ate jobs.

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