The Role of Design Thinking in Social Enterprise

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By Dr. Gordon Adomdza It was the morning of July 29, 2013. SEI students on the South Africa field study were gearing up for their “10 Meter View” presentations – a “birds eye view” analysis of their respective client organizations, marking the conclusion of an intensive ten-day design-driven project. Each team of five students utilized design thinking […]

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Thoughts on Business and Social Justice from Archbishop Desmond Tutu


By Dennis Shaughnessy On a late July afternoon in Cape Town, amidst the daily updates on the health of Nelson Mandela, we were blessed to meet with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of four South Africa Nobel Peace Prize winners.  (The other South African Nobel Peace Prize winners being Chief Albert Luthuli, former President F. W. […]

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Caitlin Ferguson’s Work to Promote Sustainable Development in India


By Olivia Allen  Caitlin Ferguson, a 2013 Northeastern University graduate is returning to India for the third time to start The William J. Clinton Fellow for Service in India with the American India Foundation. The ten-month fellowship places young professionals in organizations working to catalyze sustainable development in India within the following sectors: advocacy, education, human rights, […]

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South African Connectivity


By Caitlin Ferguson and Laura Mueller-Soppart Take a walk around any US university campus and you will immediately notice students engrossed in technology; from smartphones to iPads and laptops, you would be hard pressed to find a college student without immediate access to all the internet has to offer. In the majority of the developing world, though, […]

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Esperanza: Restoring Hope Through Microfinance


by Rachel Shaheen Esperanza, a spanish term meaning “hope,” reflects the empowering experience felt by students working in the Dominican Republic’s social enterprise sector. Melissa Furci, a rising junior majoring in international affairs and modern languages, spent the past six months at Esperanza International, a nonprofit organization in the DR and Haiti striving to rid poverty […]

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Two Degrees Food


Malnutrition is the number one killer of children under five in the developing world. Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) and Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF) have revolutionized how malnutrition is diagnosed and treated. By treating chronic hunger and undernourishment by providing fortified meals to children through school-based health clinics, Two Degrees is helping children receive the care they need to live […]

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