Reflections on PlaNet Finance

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My expe­ri­ence in the Domini­can Repub­lic with Northeastern’s Social Enter­prise Insti­tute allowed me to inter­act with bot­tom of the pyra­mid microen­tre­pre­neurs and under­stand how their needs are being met by micro­fi­nance insti­tu­tions.” That was me about nine months ago, inter­view­ing for a co-op posi­tion at PlaNet Finance in Paris. I was asked to explain why I …
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Alicia Keys' 'We Are Here' Movement

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By Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaugh­nessy  In speak­ing with col­lege stu­dents every day around cam­pus, I’m always so impressed by the many pas­sion­ate young peo­ple who are deeply inter­ested in issues of social and eco­nomic jus­tice.  Many of these com­mit­ted young peo­ple are also very frus­trated by the absence of acces­si­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties to advance their ideas into mean­ing­ful action. In …
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A look into South African entrepreneurship

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In July 2014, a group of 39 under­grad­u­ate stu­dents trav­eled to Cape Town, South Africa as part of an inten­sive five-week field study in social entre­pre­neur­ship. We part­nered with the Ter­tiary School in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (TSiBA), a non-profit col­lege in Cape Town that strives to edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers through inno­v­a­tive and …
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Notes from the Field: Aakar Innovations

The jugghi where both Vadrunisha and Rekha live.

Sit­ting in a Delhi metro sta­tion, I wait for one of Aakar Inno­va­tions’ founders before we travel to our new pro­duc­tion unit in Ghazipur. I smile to myself, reflect­ing on the jum­ble of con­tra­dic­tions in front of me. You must be patient here because every­one runs on IST (Indian Stretch­able Time). Yet you must also …
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Co-op Profile: Social Impact through Shoemaking in Peru

Kate with fellow Nisolo employees.

Name: Kate Pel­le­grino Major: Psy­chol­ogy Minor: Social Entre­pre­neur­ship & Inter­na­tional Affairs Grad­u­a­tion Year: Decem­ber 2014 Co-op: Nisolo in Tru­jillo, Peru Favorite quote about social change: “Social entre­pre­neurs are not con­tent just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have rev­o­lu­tion­ized the fish­ing indus­try.” — Bill Dray­ton, founder of Ashoka. Tell us about your co-op: I spent …
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What Social Enterprises Can Teach Corporate America About Measuring Social Impact

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In a recent New York Times edi­to­r­ial (“Paral­y­sis Isn’t Inevitable” Sept 27), Joe Nocera won­ders out loud how we will ever find solu­tions to intractable prob­lems in our cur­rent state of par­a­lyzed pol­i­tics. He draws us to an arti­cle by Roger Mar­tin of the Rot­man School of Man­age­ment that appeared in the Har­vard Busi­ness Review …
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