Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

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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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

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The idea of “impact investing” is gaining a great deal of attention these days, including in undergraduate education. While many institutions have offered classes in strategic philanthropy in recent years, and of course in traditional business investing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on developing educational programs for a new third way of investing. This new investment discipline involves socially minded investors providing capital to both for profit and non-profit enterprises that are committed to efficiently addressing social problems in both a sustainable and innovative way.

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Nele Groosman at the Paradigm Project

Nele Groosman, a graduate of International Affairs from Northeastern University, started a new job position eleven months ago in Kenya as a Market Research and Impact Assessment Coordinator at the Paradigm Project. The Paradigm Project is a social enterprise whose mission is to create sustainable economic, social and environmental value within developing world communities. They achieve this by selling fuel-efficient improved wood cooking stoves, which improve health, save time and money, empower women, help slow the rate of deforestation, and create jobs.

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