Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

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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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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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