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SEEED Summit Recap

SEED

On March 16th and 17th, Social Ven­ture Part­ners Rhode Island (SVPRI) and Brown University’s Social Inno­va­tion Ini­tia­tive and Entre­pre­neur­ship Pro­gram launched their first Social Enter­prise Ecosys­tem and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (SEEED) Sum­mit at Brown Uni­ver­sity. Approx­i­mately 450 social entre­pre­neurs, busi­ness lead­ers, local and national gov­ern­ment offi­cials, aca­d­e­mics, and stu­dents attended the 2-day con­fer­ence, com­ing together to …
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Capstone Class Explored Cooperatives in Central America

Costa

Dur­ing spring break 22 North­east­ern stu­dents flew to Man­agua, Nicaragua. This was no ordi­nary spring break.  For three months prior this group had been research­ing agri­cul­tural devel­op­ment, specif­i­cally coop­er­a­tive struc­tures in the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute cap­stone course, Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship.  Coop­er­a­tives, both highly devel­oped and infor­mal, play a piv­otal role in rural agri­cul­tural …
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The Hult Global Case Challenge

Hult

The Hult Inter­na­tional Busi­ness School (HIB) is a non-research based school with cam­puses in Boston, Shang­hai, Lon­don, San Fran­cisco and Dubai and fac­ulty with pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence from var­i­ous back­grounds. The school is in the top 1% of inter­na­tional busi­ness schools with a #1 rank­ing in Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence and #5 in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness. HIB also prides …
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Social Enterprise Lecture Series February 2012

Tech­nol­ogy and Inno­va­tion for the Base of the Pyra­mid” fea­tur­ing Pro­fes­sor Iqbal Quadir On the evening of Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 22, the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute wel­comed Pro­fes­sor Iqbal Quadir, the Founder and Direc­tor of MIT’s Lega­tum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ment and Entre­pre­neur­ship. Pro­fes­sor Quadir is per­haps most well known as the founder of Grameen­phone, a com­pany that paved …
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Root Cause: A Glimpse of a Social Impact Market at Work

For stu­dents seek­ing co-operative edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in the social enter­prise space, just across the river an orga­ni­za­tion called Root Cause, a lead­ing research and con­sult­ing firm for non­prof­its in Cam­bridge, has embraced North­east­ern stu­dents like Justin Berg­eron through it’s co-op pro­gram with the Soci­ol­ogy Depart­ment. Berg­eron, a Polit­i­cal Sci­ence major cur­rently work­ing in Root Cause’s …
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Net Impact Members Simulate the Grameen Bank Experience

This spring, Net Impact is chal­leng­ing its mem­bers to sim­u­late the expe­ri­ence of a Grameen Bank bor­rower. The inspi­ra­tion for this project is derived from the first micro-loan Muham­mad Yunus issued in 1976 to a group of poor women in Jobra, Bangladesh. The small loan of just $27 ended the groups’ reliance on ruth­less money­len­ders, …
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