Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

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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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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