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Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2014 Pauses to Reflect on the Past 15 Years in Order to Shape the Next 15

By Kather­ine Wool­ley The 2014 Social Enter­prise Con­fer­ence spon­sored by the Har­vard Busi­ness School and Har­vard Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment marked the 15th anniver­sary of the conference’s tenure.  At this junc­ture, the week­end assumed a reflec­tive role in sup­port of the theme: “Reflect­ing on the Past, Shap­ing the Future.” North­east­ern stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute joined …
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Fall 2014 Social Enterprise Institute Course Offerings

ENTR 2206: Global Social Enter­prise For­merly known as “Social Entre­pre­neur­ship” Designed to pro­vide stu­dents with an in-depth expo­sure to entre­pre­neur­ship in the social sec­tor, a rapidly grow­ing seg­ment of the global econ­omy. Uses the case method to expose stu­dents to lead­ing entre­pre­neurs who have devel­oped and imple­mented busi­ness mod­els to solve social prob­lems such as extreme poverty, …
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Brewing Change for Smallholder Farmers

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By Olivia Allen On Wednes­day, March 26, the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute hosted Rick Peyser, Direc­tor of Social Advo­cacy and Sup­ply Chain Com­mu­nity Out­reach for its monthly lec­ture series event to give a lec­ture titled “Behind the Bean: Brew­ing Change at Green Moun­tain Cof­fee Roast­ers.” Peyser, who has worked for Green Moun­tain Cof­fee Roast­ers (GMCR) since 1987 became …
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SEI Students Commit to Social Change at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

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By Olivia Allen On March 21st, six stu­dents from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute trav­eled to Phoenix, Ari­zona to take part in the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity con­fer­ence (CGIU). Over the week­end, they pre­sented projects, inter­acted with stu­dents from 89 coun­tries around the globe. The con­fer­ence was held at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity, an insti­tu­tion that echoed CGIU’s ethos of social …
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Is it our Job to Tell the Poor What they Want?

By Gor­don Adomdza, Ph.D Steve Jobs was known to give a stan­dard answer to the ques­tion of how much mar­ket research went into new prod­uct designs: None. He would add “It’s not the con­sumers’ job to know what they want”.  Fur­ther, one of the com­mon quotes attrib­uted to him is “A lot of times, peo­ple don’t …
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Social Enterprise Institute Alumni Shed Light on Careers in Impact Investing at Collegiate Alternative Investments Summit

By Michael Gal­lagher  March 22nd and 23rd saw the sec­ond annual Col­le­giate Alter­na­tive Invest­ments Sum­mit here at North­east­ern.  This year, the CAIS com­mit­tee was deter­mined to incor­po­rate the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, with an empha­sis on impact invest­ing, an emer­gent area of the non-traditional invest­ing space.   The Sum­mit fea­tured speak­ers from tra­di­tional alter­na­tive invest­ments such as ven­ture …
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