Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Interview with Esther Chou, Global Citizen Year

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Interview with Esther Chou: Global Citizen Year Conducted by Ali Matalon  Hi Esther! We have all missed you at SEI and want to know: what are you up to? I moved to San Francisco in January to work with a social enterprise called Global Citizen Year. Since then, I’ve been re-learning how to ride a bike (mostly up […]

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Principles for High Impact BOGO Design


The so-called “buy one, give one” business model has increased in popularity recently.  There are both good (empowering, efficient) and bad (disenfranchising, inefficient) BOGO business models.  Consider the Warby Parker model as an example of the good kind, and the original TOMS Shoes model as an example of the other kind.  Here are some suggested guiding […]

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Notes from the Field: Threads of Peru

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It’s 3:15 on a Saturday morning and I quietly close the door of my Cusco apartment behind me. By 3:50 I close the sliding door of an Ollantaytambo-bound combi, a cheap van heading almost 40 miles northwest to the heart of the Sacred Valley, to the same town that around a million Machu Picchu visitors […]

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Sharing sight, unearthing beauty


In May 2014, 30 students traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of the Social Enterprise Institute’s (SEI) Field Study program to work and learn as microfinance consultants. The students and the Northeastern staff arrived in the Dominican Republic bearing 1,500 pairs of reading glasses to be distributed across poor communities. SEI received the glasses from […]

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Box Out the Barriers to Girls’ Education

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It is a cold day, October 10th, 2014, a typical Friday afternoon, as students wander back from their class or head to lunch. In the West Village Quad, there is slightly more movement than usual. One-by-one, a number of black cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes are stacked on a table in the middle […]

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One-on-One Coaching with 8th Grade Academy


For the 4th year in a row, Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) is partnering with Citizen Schools. As a part of the 8th Grade Academy (8GA) Writing Coach Program, Northeastern students volunteer their time to serve as mentors to 8th graders from Orchard Gardens K-8 Public School in Roxbury. This year, we have 26 SEI […]

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