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The business of doing good


Posted on July 9, 2014 by Jason Korn­witz, North­east­ern News. “In the morn­ings, the stu­dents were curi­ous learn­ers, study­ing the ins and outs of micro­fi­nance and eco­nomic devel­op­ment in Latin Amer­ica at the Santo Domingo Insti­tute of Technology. In the after­noons, they were unpaid con­sul­tants, sur­vey­ing clients of Esper­anza Inter­na­tional, a lead­ing micro­cre­dit orga­ni­za­tions, and writ­ing qual­i­ta­tive reports …
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Not One, but Sixty Jumbo Jets Crashing Each Day….


By Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaugh­nessy  While watch­ing the news cov­er­age of the tragedy of Malaysia Flight 370 over the past three weeks, I was reminded of a com­pelling anal­ogy used by author Roger Thurow in his book “Enough:  Why the World’s Poor­est Starve in An Age of Plenty”.  Based on infor­ma­tion pro­vided by the United Nations World …
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“Breaking News: 85 People Own Half the World….”


By Den­nis Shaugh­nessy  The lat­est story of global inequal­ity comes from Oxfam Inter­na­tional this week: 85 peo­ple own as much of the world’s wealth has the 3.5 bil­lion poor­est peo­ple, or the bot­tom half of the planet. As for inequal­ity in the US:  95% of the income gaps in recent years have gone to the top …
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A Note of Appreciation for Esther Chou


Hi every­one, By now you may have learned that Esther has decided to pur­sue her pas­sion and head to Cal­i­for­nia, to start an excit­ing new posi­tion with a social enter­prise called Global Cit­i­zen Year.  She is head­ing home and mov­ing up, and while we will all miss her greatly, we’re excited and happy for her …
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A Northeastern Perspective on the Passing of Madiba


It is the great Madiba’s his­toric legacy that South Africa is finally a free, demo­c­ra­tic and non-discriminatory soci­ety. It is up to the next leader of this remark­able coun­try to carry that legacy for­ward from social jus­tice to eco­nomic jus­tice. With social equal­ity comes the expec­ta­tion for full and com­plete equal­ity, and the expec­ta­tion among the mil­lions of poor South Africans is for more and bet­ter jobs, and the improved con­di­tions of daily life that fol­low pro­duc­tive and mean­ing­ful work for all.

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Veronika Scott and The Empowerment Plan for Detroit

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By Pro­fes­sor Den­nis R. Shaughnessy  As a grad­u­ate of The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, I make it a point to read as much as I can about what’s hap­pen­ing these days in Detroit. The news has been any­thing but good lately; a painful bank­ruptcy fil­ing, a mid­dle class exo­dus con­tin­u­ing to shrink the city’s pop­u­la­tion, aban­doned build­ings …
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