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Dr. Farmer’s Diagnosis: This Time, an Infection We Don’t Want a Vaccine to Treat

by Dennis R. Shaughnessy My students often ask me for a specific and exact definition of a social entrepreneur.  Just one definition, that’s clear and concise and definitive.  It’s not so easy to answer that question, given the many definitions offered by a diverse group of people.  It’s surely an interdisciplinary question, one that involves not […]

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A Nobel Prize for Business?


By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy My social enterprise and honors students have been working on a new assignment this term. The gist: Why isn’t there a Nobel Prize for Business? If there were to be one in the future, what would it look like and who should win it? The Nobel Prize has been awarded in Sweden […]

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Silicon Savanna, Solar Panels and M-Kopa


by Dennis R. Shaughnessy  While many young people dream of a job in Silicon Valley working for a tech start-up upon graduation from college or business school, increasingly there are others who feel drawn to a different dream and a different kind of hub for start-ups. Nairobi, Kenya is now referred to by many as the “Silicon […]

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Millennium Development Goals: are we on target?

by Professor Sophie Bacq  The soon approaching deadline of 2015, by which all the world’s nations and leading development institutions agreed to meet eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), forces us to reflect on achievements and areas for improvement. In this vein, we must assess where we stand in terms of extreme poverty and hunger eradication, universal […]

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Learning From Failure: Tales from a Failed Aquaculture Enterprise in Senegal

Sara Minard

by Sara Minard, PhD. Starting a social enterprise in a low-income country is not hard. There are enough social problems out there to test potential solutions, definitely enough donors who are looking for projects to call their own, and many willing souls interested in serving the poor. The act of beginning a social enterprise, like many entrepreneurial […]

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Join us! Spring Break 2015 in the Dominican Republic

NU student Eesha Ramanujam at Project Esperanza, Dominican Republic in 2014.

Are you looking to have more impact during spring break? Join us in the Dominican Republic as we partner with Project Esperanza to live and serve a Haitian Community in Puerto Plata. Our program will focus in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. Our projects will include, but are not limited to: Educational activities (ex: Solar […]

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