Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Building a Better Future through BuildOn

BuildOn Logo

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner in Boston held by an organization called BuildOn.  I sat with its founder and CEO, Jim Ziolkowski, and during the evening met numerous students from Boston’s inner city schools who were on their way to Malawi to build a school.  This diverse group […]

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Reflections on PlaNet Finance


My experience in the Dominican Republic with Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute allowed me to interact with bottom of the pyramid microentrepreneurs and understand how their needs are being met by microfinance institutions.” That was me about nine months ago, interviewing for a co-op position at PlaNet Finance in Paris. I was asked to explain why I […]

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Alicia Keys' 'We Are Here' Movement

Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting 2011

By Pro­fes­sor Dennis Shaughnessy  In speaking with college students every day around campus, I’m always so impressed by the many passionate young people who are deeply interested in issues of social and economic justice.  Many of these committed young people are also very frustrated by the absence of accessible opportunities to advance their ideas into meaningful action. In […]

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A look into South African entrepreneurship


In July 2014, a group of 39 undergraduate students traveled to Cape Town, South Africa as part of an intensive five-week field study in social entrepreneurship. We partnered with the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), a non-profit college in Cape Town that strives to educate the next generation of business leaders through innovative and […]

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Notes from the Field: Aakar Innovations

The jugghi where both Vadrunisha and Rekha live.

Sitting in a Delhi metro station, I wait for one of Aakar Innovations’ founders before we travel to our new production unit in Ghazipur. I smile to myself, reflecting on the jumble of contradictions in front of me. You must be patient here because everyone runs on IST (Indian Stretchable Time). Yet you must also […]

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Co-op Profile: Social Impact through Shoemaking in Peru

Kate with fellow Nisolo employees.

Name: Kate Pellegrino Major: Psychology Minor: Social Entrepreneurship & International Affairs Graduation Year: December 2014 Co-op: Nisolo in Trujillo, Peru Favorite quote about social change: “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.” — Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka. Tell us about your co-op: I […]

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