Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Social entrepreneurship vs. traditional entrepreneurship

In our latest research that appeared in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Chantal Hartog (Panteia/EIM Business and Policy Research, The Netherlands), Brigitte Hoogendoorn (Erasmus University, The Netherlands) and myself explored the differences between social and commercial entrepreneurship from an organizational perspective. Indeed, the concurrent social and financial value creation is likely to result from innovative business models and sustainability strategies that might differ from commercial ones. However, empirical studies to date have tended to focus on a given set of (usually successful) social entrepreneurs and omit control groups. Indeed, despite growing attention and recognition of the social entrepreneurship phenomenon, the related research field is still in its infancy, characterized by a modest base for theory building and testing purposes and a limited number of empirical studies, mostly designed as case studies.

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New Impact Investing Course

SEI New Impact Investing Course

Social impact investing is a rapidly emerging sector within the global investment community in which investors fund innovative enterprises dedicated to creatively solving the world’s most difficult social problems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, sanitation, agricultural productivity and literacy. Historically, these initiatives were organized as non-profits or charities and received funding from donations and grants from foundations and government agencies.

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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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