Don't Teach Fishing...


By Dr. Gordon Adomdza The proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime” is particularly relevant to social enterprise. An extension of it goes “help a man set up a fishing business and he will support a local […]

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Eighth Grade Academy: Mentorship for a Brighter Future

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By Melissa Goldberg  This semester, 41 SEI affiliated students are volunteering their time for the Citizen Schools Eighth Grade Academy (8GA) program. The program, which meets seven times throughout the semester, pairs each Northeastern student as a writing coach with an eighth grade student from the Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury. The eighth graders come to […]

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3Qs with Professor Gordon Adomdza

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by Esther Chou With five field studies under his belt, Professor Gordon Adomdza is now a seasoned veteran in leading students abroad to research and develop tools for the base of the pyramid (BOP). In the recent decade, designers have been using the human centered design (HCD) process at the BOP as a new tool to […]

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Tenacity, Determination & Leadership: John Wood's Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Change


By Olivia Allen Each year in the Social Enterprise Institute’s introductory social entrepreneurship class, Professor Shaughnessy designates a handful of high-impact social entrepreneurs to the proverbial “Mount Rushmore” of social entrepreneurs — a group of innovative social disruptors that have pioneered a fundamental impact. This currently includes Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank, Govindappa Venkataswamy of Aravind […]

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Reasons for Hope: Investigations of Extreme Injustice and Poverty in Mumbai with Katherine Boo


By John Taylor During Welcome Week, as a part of this year’s freshman collective reading assignment, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and journalist Katherine Boo spoke to our new students about her book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.” This non-fiction investigational piece is set in Mumbai. Amongst rusted tin shacks in the Annawadi slum, overshadowed by luxury hotels and […]

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Empowering Poor Women with Affordable Sanitary Pads


By Dennis Shaughnessy Only 2% of women in India use sanitary products during their menstrual cycle.  Nine of every ten women instead use rags, plastics, san and ash to manage their period.  This leads to pain, infection and maternal health complications, along with embarrassment and lowered self-esteem.  Many women suffer through an “unclean” period in which […]

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